Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Lincoln 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 Lincoln County Courthouse, Trial Court Office:
Index Insane [Commitment Records], ca.1910-ca.1949 (1 volume);
Mental Files [Commitment Case Files], 2003-present (4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lincoln County Law Library, Trial Court Warehouse:
Civil Commitment [Mental Commitment Case Files-title varies], 1990-2002 (6 cu.ft.);
Insane Records [Commitment Case Files], ca.1931-1983 (7 cu.ft.);
Mental [Commitment Case Files], ca.1975-ca.1989 (4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lincoln County Public Service Building, Trial Court Main Storage Cage:
County Court Journal [includes insane commitment cases], vol. 1, 1893-1923 (1 volume);
County Court Journal [includes mostly adoption and insane commitment cases], vol. 2, 1923-1959 (1 volume);
Insane Record [Commitments-title varies-with index], vol. 1-4, 1894-1949 (4 volumes).


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