Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Grant County Records Inventory

Insane Commitment Records


Series documents the examination, commitment, and release of mentally ill persons to and from the state's mental institutions. Series contains statements of complaint and commitment recorded by the county clerk or recorder and includes petitions to have an individual committed; physicians certification that an individual is insane; delivery warrants authorizing a county official (usually the sheriff) to take the individual to the state hospital; patient discharges; paroles or transfers; indexes; and correspondence. Information includes patient and family names, date committed, reason, physical description, and a brief family history. This series may also be known as the Insane Record, Mental Illness Record, and Mentally Ill and Feeble Minded Record. By 1968, in most counties, the commitment of the mentally ill or deficient had become the responsibility of the circuit court. Access to these records may be restricted for 75 years by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496.

Records at the Grant County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Insane [Commitment Records], ca.1865-ca.1888 (3 binders);
[Insane Commitment Records], 1914-1943 (8 binders);
Mental Illness Files Old [Register], 1982-1987 (1 binder);
Mental Illness Files Old [title varies], ca.1943-1987 (5 cu.ft.).

Records at the Grant County Courthouse, Circuit Court Records Office:
[Mental Commitment Case Files], 1997-present (.75 cu.ft.).

Records at the Grant County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Insane Record [with index], vol. A, 1904-1941 (1 volume);
[Insane Commitment Record], 1879-1894 (1 volume);
Journal County Court [includes probate and insane commitment information-with index], 1864-1879 (1 volume);
Record Law Journal [includes insanity and naturalization cases-with index], vol. B, 1883-1919 (1 volume);
Record of Insane [with index], 1894-1906 (1 volume);
Record of Insane [with index], vol. B-C, 1941-1971 (2 volumes).

Records at the Grant County Courthouse, Clerk's Break Room:
Mental Illness [Commitment Records], vol. D, 1971-1988 (1.50 inches of aperture cards).


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