When Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995, staff members found a door tucked under the rafters of an attic. Prying it open, they found rows of wooden racks, packed with almost 400 suitcases of all shapes and types – men’s on the left, women’s on the right.
The suitcases were untouched since their owners packed them decades earlier before being committed to the institution.
These contents were then made into a traveling exhibition documenting the lives of those who had stayed there.
See the exhibition here.