by Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 13 May 2014

The Willard Psychiatric Center closed its doors back in 1995, but after the closure there was a ‘miraculous discovery’. That miraculous discovery was more than 400 abandoned suitcases containing the possessions of their ‘original owners before they were committed to the institution’. This Finger Lakes-area psych center treated patients for ‘chronic mental illness’ and ‘it wasn’t uncommon that patients died while in the hospital and buried in the graveyard across the street’.

The patients – and their suitcases – arrived at the center between 1910 and 1960 and these images were shot by photographer Jon Crispin starting back in 2011.

Via Beautiful Decay