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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Marion County Records Inventory

Insane Commitment Records

1867-[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.

Marion County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987. Mental commitment case files were integrated with other circuit court case files beginning in 1990.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Court Journals [includes insane commitment cases], vol. 2-5, 1875-1939 (4 volumes);
Mental Health Records [Index to Mental Commitments], vol. 1-2, 1867-1965 (2 volumes);
Mental Health Records [Insane and Feeble-Minded Record], vol. 4-6, 1920-1943 (3 volumes);
Mental Health Records [Insane Record-with index], vol. 1-3, 1897-1920 (3 volumes);
Mental Health Records [Mentally Diseased Record], vol. 7-16, 1941-1964 (10 volumes);
Mental Health Records [Records of Investigation], 1935 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Marion County Courthouse, Circuit Court Vault:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes mental commitment case files], 2003-present (ca.2500 cu.ft.).

Records at the Marion County Courthouse Probate Records Room B-280:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes mental commitment case files], 1990 (250 cu.ft.).

Records at the Marion County Courthouse Parking Structure, Circuit Court South Archives:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes mental commitment case files], 2000-2002 (ca.1400 cu.ft.);
Fairview [Mental Commitment Case Files], no. 1-1484, 1917-1988 (8.50 cu.ft.);
[Mental Commitment Case File Card Index], ca.1965-1987 (1 cu.ft.);
Mental [Commitment Case Files-title varies], no. 5001-19258, 1946-1987 (72 cu.ft.); no. 88M.100-89M.722, 1988-1989 (10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Marion County Courthouse Parking Structure, Circuit Court North Archives:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes mental commitment case files], 1991-1999 (ca.2500 cu.ft.);
Mental Hearings [Register], 1974-1989 (3 volumes);
Re-Certification Book [documents individuals recommitted to Oregon State Hospital], vol. 1-2, 1976-1989 (2 volumes).

Records at the Marion County Archives:
[Insane Commitment Case Files-accession number 02.026.025], 1927-1934 (.10 cu.ft.);
[Insane Commitment Index-accession number 02.026.026], 1929-1937 (.10 cu.ft.);
Mental Hearings [Commitment Case Files], no. 1-4099, 1867-1946 (10 cu.ft.).

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