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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Klamath County Records Inventory

Insane Commitment Records

1882-[ongoing]

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.

Mental Commitment Case Files from 1911 to 1989 are imaged and stored in the circuit court's electronic LaserFiche system.

Records at the Klamath County Courthouse, Room 17, Circuit Court Basement Storage Cage:
[Confidential Case Files-includes mental commitment records-sealed], 1965-2009 (23 cu.ft.);
Insane Record [with index], vol. 1-7, 1910-1965 (7 volumes);
Journal County Court [includes insanity cases], vol. 1, 1882-1924 (1 volume);
[Mental Commitment Case Files-interfiled with adoption case files], 1997-2004 (ca.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Klamath County Courthouse, Room 22, Circuit Court Basement Storage:
[Mental Commitment Case Files], 1987-1996 (8 cu.ft.);
Mentals from Early 1900s [Mental Commitment Case Files-with gaps], ca.1887-ca.1988 (4.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Klamath County Courthouse, Circuit Court Clerk's Office, Civil Section Area:
[Mental Commitment Case Files], 2005-present (7 cu.ft.);
Mentals [Card Index], 1981-1988 (.10 cu.ft.);
Paternity [Confidential Case Files-includes mental commitment case files], 1988-1991 (6 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Klamath County Courthouse, Room 305:
CV [Paternity-Confidential Case Files-includes mental commitment case files], 1969-1988 (7 reels of microfilm).

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