Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Hood River 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.
Beginning in 1983 case files were numbered using a year based system in which mental commitment case files are designated by "MC." Hood River County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1989. Recordings dating from 1965 to circa 1977 include some circuit court, district court, probate, juvenile, and mental commitment records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Insane Commitments [Case Files-with gaps], 1907-1963 (.65 cu.ft.);
Insane Record [with index], vol. 1, 1908-1931 (1 volume);
Search for 1908-1922 Hood River County insane commitments in Oregon Historical Records Index.
Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Small Jury Room:
Index to Microfilm Court Records [includes circuit court, probate, and mental commitment cases], vol. 1-2, 1966-1983 (2 volumes);
Juvenile and Insane Register [with index], vol. 1, 1909-1974 (1 volume);
Juvenile and Record of Mentally Diseased [with index], vol. 2, 1972-1989 (1 volume);
Probate [District & Circuit Court-Case Files-includes circuit court criminal, probate, and mental commitment case files], 1982 (1 reel of microfilm).
Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Trial Court Office:
Circuit Court Case Files [includes interfiled probate and mental commitment case files], 2008-present (36 cu.ft.).
Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Trial Court Office, File Room:
Circuit Court Case Files [includes interfiled probate and mental commitment case files], 1994-2007 (420 cu.ft.).
Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Trial Court First Floor Records Storage Room:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes probate, mental commitment, and other records], 1986-1991 (ca.69 cu.ft.);
Mental Commitment Files, 1976-1984 (1 cu.ft.).
Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Trial Court Second Floor Conference Room, Closet:
Circuit Court Case Files [includes interfiled probate and mental commitment case files], 1992-1993 (53 cu.ft.).
Records at the Hood River County Business Admin. (Dean) Bldg., County Archives:
Active Account Feeble-Minded and Insane, 1931-1932 (1 volume);
County Court Case File Insane and Juvenile Cases [with gaps], no. 130-567, 1930-1954 (2 cu.ft.);
County Court Journal [Judicial-includes mostly juvenile cases and some mental commitment and administrative actions-with index], vol. 1, 1909-1929 (1 volume);
County Court Sanity & Juvenile Cases [Files-includes mostly insane commitment records-with gaps], no. 369-750, 1946-1957 (1.75 cu.ft.);
Juvenile Dept. Case Files [includes insane commitment records], 1957-1963 (2 cu.ft.);
Mental Hearings [Insane Commitment Case Files], 1963-1969 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Miscellaneous Dept. [Child Suffering with Deformity-County Aid for Children Committed to Hospitals for Correction of Deformities-includes some feeble-minded commitment records], 1921-1928 (.05 cu.ft.);
Record of Insane [with index], vol. 2, 1932-1960 (1 volume);
Sanity and Juvenile Cases [includes primarily insane commitment records], 1962-1976 (2.50 cu.ft.).