Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Umatilla 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.

Umatilla County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Insane Commitments [Case Files], 1863-1929 (6 cu.ft.);
Journal of Insane Commitments, vol. 2, 1895-1901 (1 volume);
Record of Insane Commitments [with index], vol. 3-7, 1901-1945 (5 volumes);
Search for 1863-1929 Umatilla County insane commitments in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Umatilla County Records Storage Building, Trial Court Front Room:
Active Account Feeble Minded and Insane [Register-with index], 1952-1984 (1 volume);
Estates [Probate Case Files-includes some insane commitment records], ca.1935-ca.1955 (ca.120 cu.ft.);
Insane/MC [Mental Commitment Case Files-title varies], no. 734-3645, 1946-1975 (23 cu.ft.);
MC [Mental Commitment Case Files]. no. 83.1.1-08.0046, 1983-2008 (28 cu.ft.);
Mental [Commitment Case Files-alphabetical], 1976-1983 (3.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Trial Court Civil Office:
MC [Mental Commitment Case Files], 1992-present (3 cu.ft.).

Records at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Records Office Research Room:
Vault Index to Commissioners Papers, Inquests, Insane & Miscellaneous, vol. 1, 1863-1918 (1 volume).

Records at the Umatilla County Historical Society:
Insane Commitments [Record], vol. 1, 1887-1895 (1 volume).


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