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  • Nora M., no known date of admittance. <a href="joncrispinposts.com" target="_blank"> Jon Crispin</a> has been photographing suitcases that were left at the Willard Asylum for the Insane when it closed in 1995. The New York State Museum recently acquired 400 of the <a href="http://www.willardsuitcases.com/faq" target="_blank"> Willard cases</a>. "This is perhaps one of my favorite photographs from the project. Along with the stunning photograph is her personal diary, which I came across regularly when photographing the cases," Crispin says.
    Jon Crispin
  • Stuert B., no known date of admittance. "I am always interested to come across containers of personal care products. More than on case contained "Dr. Lyons Tooth Powder," Crispin says.
    Jon Crispin
  • Irma M., no known date of admittance. The patients at the asylum had access to their suitcases, even though they were stored in the attic during their stay.
    Jon Crispin
  • Frank C., no known date of admittance. Frank had multiple cases, one of which contained clothing from his military service during World War II.
    Jon Crispin
  • Henry L., no admittance date available. Not all of the patients arrived with suitcases. Henry arrived with his wooden leg, and two pair of shoes in this cardboard box.
    Jon Crispin
  • Peter L., admitted on March 26, 1941. Peter's case, like many others, contained personal grooming items, as well as sections from several local newspapers.
    Jon Crispin
  • Steffan K., no date of admittance available. Crispin takes great care when photographing the cases, saying, "what is most important to me is that I really try to treat the cases with a ton of respect. My goal is to help people understand that the patients at Willard had lives outside of being identified as people who were institutionalized for a perceived mental illness."
    Jon Crispin
  • John R., admitted to Willard on Sept. 9, 1954.
    Jon Crispin
  • Charles F. was admitted to Willard on May 5, 1946. Charles brought lots of evidence of his faith.
    Jon Crispin
  • Flora T., no date of admittance. Flora had been a nurse before coming to Willard.
    Jon Crispin
  • Ethel S., admitted to Willard July 3, 1930. Ethel's case contained, among other items, a Bible and several very beautiful quilts. She also brought a fairly complete set of cutlery.
    Jon Crispin
  • Thelma R., admitted to Willard July 9, 1946. Many of the cases contained religious tracts and small carved dogs were not uncommon. Thelma's suitcase also contained a collection of photographic negatives. as well as this beautiful Decca record.
    Jon Crispin
  • Maude K., no know date of admittance. Her case was filled with lots of items involved in working with leather.
    Jon Crispin
  • Anna G., arrived at Willard on Dec. 12, 1950.
    Jon Crispin
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