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.
Mental Commitment Case Files from 1979 to the present are imaged on a LaserFiche document management system maintained by the trial 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 4th Street (Stanard) Building, Trial Court Records Room:
Record of Mentally Diseased Index, vol. 9, n.d. (1 volume);
Record of Mentally Diseased, vol. 8, 1949-1957 (1 volume).
Records at the Yamhill County Courthouse, Trial Court Exhibit Closet:
Mental [Commitment Records-title varies], no. 1490-1577, 1965-1969 (1 cu.ft.); no. 1676-1814, 1976-1979 (1 cu.ft.); no. 86.002-86.0058, 1986 (1 cu.ft.).
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); 1852-1982 (8 sheets of microfilm jackets);
[Mental Commitment Case Files], no. 1578-1675, 1969-1976 (1 cu.ft.);
Misc. Mentals [Commitment Case Files-Feeble Minded], 1949-1971 (.60 cu.ft.).