Jon Crispin's Notebook

Willard Suitcases / Freda B / Margaret D

Posted in History, Mental Health, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 17/03/2015

I started shooting the Willard Suitcases project on 17 March 2011, which is exactly four years ago today.  I had no idea what I was doing, but knowing that I had access to one of the most unique collections of institutional artifacts anywhere, I figured something had to come of it.  Here is a link to a post I put up the next day.

Peg and I spent the day continuing to work our way through Margaret D’s possessions.

The list above seems to be a resumé of sorts.  And you can see Margaret’s will on the lower right.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone that has helped me with this work, and to those who have appreciated my efforts.  All best, Jon

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  1. Kay Grady said, on 17/03/2015 at 8:44 pm

    Many steps, many paths. They join, one and all.

  2. David said, on 17/03/2015 at 9:24 pm

    Quite the milestone! It’s been very moving to follow along. Thanks for all of it.

  3. Bob said, on 18/03/2015 at 8:45 am

    way to go, bro!

  4. Tania M said, on 19/03/2015 at 10:16 am

    Wow, four years already. I love following this process. Congratulations.

  5. globalphotographer said, on 19/03/2015 at 1:12 pm


    I hadn’t realized it was this long that you had been photographing. See you when I get back this has been a very good trip to Uganda. The kids in our home are precious. Have been taking lots of images.


    Sent from my iPad


  6. Kim Campbell said, on 21/03/2015 at 10:02 am

    Beautiful. It’s so wonderful, the work you are doing and honoring these souls. My great grandfather was committed to the Indiana State Hospital for a few years. It can be a difficult path.

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