Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Morrow 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.

Most of the records located in the clerk's vault are available as digital images in a searchable database at the clerk's office.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Insane Complaint and Commitment-title varies], 1886-1977 (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
Insane Record [not located in 2014 inventory-with index], vol. 2, 1904-1941 (1 volume);
Journal County Court [includes mostly probate and some insane commitments], vol. A, 1885-1891 (1 volume);
Mentally Diseased [Commitment Record-with index], vol. 3, 1941-1981 (1 volume);
Record of Insane [with index], vol. 1, 1897-1904 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
[Mental Commitment, Adoption, and Juvenile Case File Index], ca.1981-2008 (1 binder);
[Mentals-Commitment Case Files], 2005-present (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Hallway File Cabinet:
[Mental Commitment Case Files], 1979-2004 (2 cu.ft.).


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