Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Union County Records Inventory

Insane Commitment Records


Series documents the examination, commitment, and release of mentally ill persons to and from the state 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 Joseph Building, County Archives Room #2:
Records [Judicial Journal-includes naturalization and insane commitment information], vol. A, 1864-1890 (1 volume);
Records Paupers and Insane, 1868-1878 (1 volume).

Records at the Joseph Building, Trial Court Attic Archives Room:
County Court Law Journal [includes insane commitments], vol. B-F, 1890-1957 (5 volumes);
Insane Record [with index], vol. 2-5, 1903-1966 (4 volumes);
Journal Insane Commitments [with index], vol. 1, 1899-1907 (1 volume);
Mental Records [Commitment of Insanity], no. 1-1686, 1868-2006 (10 cu.ft.);
Record of Mentally Diseased [with index], vol. 6, 1966-1986 (1 volume).

Records at the Joseph Building, Trial Court Civil Records Office, Records Storage Room:
[Mental Commitment Case Files], no. 1687-1735, 2006-present (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Union County Law Enforcement Services Building, Microfilm Storage Room:
[Index to Insane Record 3], 1905-1926 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Insane Journal], vol. 1-3, 1896-1926 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Insanity Files-Case Files], 1868-1966 (7 reels of microfilm);
[Law Journal County Court-includes insane commitments], vol. B-F, 1890-1957 (2 reels of microfilm).


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