Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Yamhill 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.

The Yamhill County circuit court joined the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI) electronic records system in 2012. Mental Commitment Case Files from 1979 to 2012 are imaged on an Odyssey document management system maintained by the circuit court office.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Index [Journal-Index to Record of Aliens, Attorneys, Adoptions, and Insanity Cases], 1859-1902 (1 volume);
Docket Book County Court Insane and Juvenile Record, vol. 3, 1902-1921 (1 volume);
Insane Commitment Case Files, 1917-1948 (1 cu.ft.);
Insane Commitment Records [Oregon State Insane Asylum Release Records], 1899-1900 (.05 cu.ft.);
Mental Health Record [Insane Record-with index], vol. 1-7, 1878-1948 (7 volumes).

Records at the Yamhill County Courthouse, Trial Court Office File Room 139:
Master Index to Estates [indexes probate journal-includes insane commitments], 1852-1982 (1 volume).

Records at the Yamhill County 4th Street (Stanard) Building, Circuit Court Records Room:
Misc. Mental Feeble Minded [Commitment Case Files], no. 96-163,1949-1971 (1 cu.ft.);
Misc. Mental [Miscellaneous Mental Commitment Case Files], no. 1490-1814, 1969-1979 (3 cu.ft.);
Record of Mentally Diseased Index, vol. 9, n.d. (1 volume);
Record of Mentally Diseased, vol. 8, 1949-1957 (1 volume).

Records at the State Court Administrator's Temporary Scanning Storage (Salem):
Master Index to Estates [indexes probate journal-includes insane commitments], 1852-1982 (8 sheets of microfilm jackets).


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