Are the committment records a matter of public record? If so, how does one get information on a person who was committed to South Carolina's state psychiatric hospital in 1950? This person is a relative, but those who would be able to give information about her are long since deceased. The patient died in the 1980's, while in a community facility and was cremated. Are records kept of cremations? Thank you for any help you can give us in obtaining information on this person.