Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Tillamook 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 Oregon State Archives:
Guardian Appointment Record [includes documentation of the appointment of guardians for insane individuals-with index], 1884-1893 (1 volume);
Insanity Record [title varies-with index], vol.1-12, 1894-1967 (12 volumes);
Law Journal [County Court-includes civil, naturalization, and insane commitment judicial cases and a small number of administrative actions-with index], vol. B, 1865-1895 (1 volume).

Records at the Tillamook County Courthouse, Trial Court Office:
M [Mental Commitment Case Files], no. M1350-M1387, 2011-present (.75 cu.ft.).

Records at the Tillamook County Courthouse, Trial Court Large Basement Storage Room:
M [Mental Commitment Case Files], no. M406-M1349, 1987-2011 (18 cu.ft.).

Records at the Tillamook County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Staircase Area Room:
[Circuit Court, Probate, Mental Commitment, Juvenile, and Adoption Journals], 1983-1984 (ca.38 reels of microfilm);
Index to Mentally Diseased Record, 1968-ca.1977 (1 volume);
[Mental Commitment Orders-Judicial], 1962-1968 (.15 cu.ft.);
M [Mental Commitment Case Files], 1969-1986 (2 cu.ft.).


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