Photographs, Videos & Documentaries

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO They’re Buried Where? by Seth Voorhees.
Please Click On the RED LINKS to View the Photographs.

Photographic Dry Plates-Roger Luther

Photographic Dry Plates-Roger Luther

Photographs from A Compendium of Insanity 1898 – 11.28.2018.

1896 Middletown – 1.16.2014.

Jon Crispin – Willard Suitcases Website – 9.26.2013.
The Branch – Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. – Pictorial Album of The Willard Asylum 1869–1886 – 3.7.2013.
Post-Mortem Photography – 1.21.2013.
Wayne E. Morrison, Sr. – Pictorial Album of The Willard Asylum 1869–1886 – 1.10.2013.
1886 Hayt’s Corner’s, Ovid & Willard Rail-Road – 1.9.2013.

1907-1909 New York State Feeble-Minded & Epileptic Institutions (Rome) – 11.1.2012.
Port City Paranormal – The Ghosts Of Willard Asylum – 10.7.2012.
KINGS PARK-STORIES FROM AN AMERICAN MENTAL INSTITUTION – A Groundbreaking New Documentary – Lucy Winer – 7.23.2012.
“Out Of The Shadows” Utica State Hospital 1920 – Patricia E. Deegan – 6.27.2012.
Willard Suitcases – Darby Penney – Photos by Jon Crispin – 5.17.2012.

Photographs Willard State Hospital circa 1898.

Photographs of Willard State Hospital by Roger Luther.

Photographs Compendium of Insanity.

Jon Crispin’s Notebook – Willard Suitcases:
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1. Roger Luther – nysAsylum  

2. Tom Kirsch – OPACITY (Photo ©
Rochester, New York – Rochester State Hospital.
Buffalo, New York – Buffalo State Hospital
Manhattan, Long Island, New York – Manhattan State Hospital Central Islip.
Brooklyn, Long Island, New York – Kings Park State Hospital.
Brentwood, Long Island, New York – Pilgrim State Hospital.
Thiells, New York – Letchworth Village.

3. Will Ellis – Abandoned NYC

1. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO They’re Buried Where? by Seth Voorhees
2. Cemetery Information at the NYS Office of Mental Health
3. New York State Hospitals, Custodial Institutions & Cemetery Projects.
4. New York State Senate Bill S840A-2015
5. HIPAA UPDATE March 2013!

The New York State Museum at Albany Photographs were provided by
Craig Williams, Senior Curator of History.

NYS Museum Albany album a 046

NYS Museum Albany album a 084

NYS Museum Albany album b 017-2 - Unknown Patients

NYS Museum Albany album b 017-2 – Unknown Patients

NYS Museum Albany album b 002-1- Unknown Doctors & Employees

NYS Museum Albany album b 002-1

NYS Museum Albany album b 004-2 - Unknown Employees

NYS Museum Albany album b 004-2

NYS Museum Albany album b 067-2 - Hallway

NYS Museum Albany album b 154-2 Old Cemetery

NYS Museum Albany album b 154-2 Old Cemetery


14 thoughts on “Photographs, Videos & Documentaries

  1. Well done! Willard was a place whispered about during my childhood in Ithaca and Auburn, New York. A family member was an inmate there. We knew about it, but it was such a secret and tinged with shame. Thank you for this very special blog.


    • Thank you, Deborah! My Mom grew up in that area and I know that she knew about the asylum, everyone did. Once, when we were kids and acting crazy in the car, she lost her temper and told us if we didn’t behave, THEY would come and take us away to Willard. We didn’t know what Willard was, but just the thought of being taken away from our parents made us behave. She must have felt bad that she said that because she never mentioned Willard again. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! -Lin


  2. Thank you for posting the photos. Gives more of an insight into the daily happenings in the lives of the patients. Glad to see the page on FB. I have “liked” the page and will follow your comments and posts there. Barbara S.


  3. Incredible! I am speechless. May I reblog your blog with full credit and citation?
    Thank you for this fascinating blog. Someone who volunteered at Willard got in touch with me and now your wonderful blog!


  4. Hello,

    I have been trying with absolutely no success to find information about Mary J. Prindle who was an inmate at the Willard State Hospital from about 1880 to 1920. The state will not release any records and it is very possible that this could be my great grandmother. I am at a loss as to what I can do to try to find out any more information about her. If you have any suggestions, I would very much appreciate the help. Thank you.


  5. My mother was under the care of the Harlem Valley State Hospital at Wingdale, NY from about 1940 (having been transferred there from Brooklyn State) to her death in 1999. Is there a similar project by which I can obtain more information about her? (I’m looking for extracts of hospital record and/or personal effects;I have her Irish birth certificate, she was unmarried, and she died at a convalescent facility in Massachusetts to whose care she was entrusted in her declining years).


    • I would think that because she was your mother, you would be able to at least get her death certificate and possibly talk to the doctors at the State Hospital and nursing home. Because her death is fairly recent (not over 50 years), I would think a lawyer might be able to help you. I honestly don’t know what to tell you because of the HIPAA Law. If you can get your personal physician to fill out the paperwork that the New York State Office of Mental Health requires, in order to get her records, you might be able to find out her diagnosis. The link to the OMH is on the first page of this blog. Please let me know how this turns out! Best of Luck!!!!! -Lin


  6. Great work, my grandfather James Alfred McLain passed away at Willard his body was given to Syracuse medical and I am not sure what happened to his remains I am assuming they were returned to Willard for burial. Family story was always that he left home and never returned. I being the snoopy one in the family found out what really happened. Perhaps they did not know I am not sure but, he like all the other souls deserve to be memorialized. Great job with the suitcases, please let me know if you come across one that belonged to my grandfather. It would be interesting to see what he took with him.


  7. My Grandmother was Laura Motell was at the Willard, how I understand and remember she had epilepsy and lived in one of the buildings for 20 years or so I believe. She then came to live with us and then went onto a nursing home. It would be very interesting to learn about her history, I always wonder how people were treated and like one of the above people stated you always heard about the “Willard” – I’m thankful there was somewhere that could take care of her.


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