At the former Oregon State Insane Asylum, between 1883 and 1970, thousands of people died while they were in the hospital. If a person's body was not claimed by their families, their cremated ashes were sealed in a labeled canister and stored at the hospital. "On my first visit to the hospital, I am escorted to a decaying outbuilding, where a dusty room lined with simple pine shelves is lined three-deep with thousands of copper canisters." David Maisel (photo also courtesy of David Maisel)

Diary of a sailor who retrieved bodies of Titanic victims from the ocean. Fine weather started to pick up bodies at six a.m. and continued all day till five thirty P.M. Recovered fifty one bodies, forty six men four women and one baby. Burried twenty four men at sea at eight fifteen P.M. Rev Canon Hinds in attendance also Ships Company. Bodies in good state but badly bruised by being knocked about in the water.

Rest in Peace all that died fighting for our country. Willing or not.

In 1920, Anna Anderson turned up at a mental hospital in Germany as a Jane Doe. She refused to reveal her identity at first, but two years later she began claiming to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, who was believed (though not by all) to have been executed with the rest of the Russian Royal family four years earlier. Anderson was the most well known woman claiming to be Anastasia, and she continued to uphold the claim until her death.

Awakening from Keto-acidosis: The scientists went to a hospital ward with diabetic children, comatose and dying from diabetic keto-acidosis. This is known as one of medicine's most incredible moments. The scientists went from bed-to-bed and injected the children with the purified extract - insulin. As they injected the last comatose child, the first child injected began to awaken. One by one, all the children awoke from their diabetic comas. A room of death became a place of joy and hope.

"Ergot is derived from a fungus and it was used by midwives and doctors in the 1800s to promote contractions in birthing women. Directions on this bottle state the content was only to be used under medical supervision. Ergot also stopped bleeding after childbirth, but was also a traditional remedy to induce abortions."

by David Maisel / cremated remains of mental patients, stored in copper canisters on pine shelves / “Over time . . . the canisters have begun to react chemically with the human ashes held inside them; this has thus created mold-like mineral outgrowths on the exterior surfaces of these otherwise gleaming cylinders.”

Worcester State Hospital then (1949) and now

David Maisel : The "Library of Dust" depicts individual copper canisters, each containing the cremated remains of patient from a state-run psychiatric hospital. The patients died at the hospital between 1883 (the year the facility opened, when it was called the Oregon State Insane Asylum) and the 1970’s; their bodies have remained unclaimed by their families.

NYC, 1945. Damage to the Empire State Building from a Plane Collision

"the hand that never stopped painting " Morten Viskum used a hand from a corpse as a paint brush.

Bela Lugosi – memento mori. Prior to the funeral service, his body lay in state in full Dracula garb.

One of the scariest haunted hospitals. The hospital is the second largest hand cut stone building in the United States. The hospital was built to hold 250 mentally ill patients. In 1950 the patients numbered 2400. Many were tormented, tortured and believed to be murdered there. Charles Manson once was a resident there. The asylum closed in 1994.

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Albert Einstein's office on the day he died in 1955.

the library of dust - At the former Oregon State Insane Asylum, between 1883 and the 1970's, thousands of people died while they were in the hospital. If a person's body was not claimed by their families, their cremated ashes were sealed in a labeled cannister and stored on rows of shelves at the hospital.

Between 1883 and the 1970's, thousands of people died while they resided in the Oregon State Insane Asylum. If a person's body was not claimed by their families, their cremated ashes were sealed in a labeled canister and stored in an outbuilding belonging to the hospital. Lined with simple pine shelves the outbuilding contained thousands of copper canisters including that of Mr. Charles Edwin Dorsey.

Insane asylum

Door to what had been the violent wards of the Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts before the building was torn down.

It was a viciously cold morning in Lengby, Minnesota, when a man discovered his 19-year old neighbor lying in the snow. Her whole body was frozen solid from the night before, when temperatures dropped twenty-five degrees below zero. When her body was discovered she was immediately sent to the local hospital, where her condition stunned the doctors. 2 hours later she went into violent convulsions and regained consciousness. She was perfectly fine mentally and physically, although a bit confus...

The Loving family. Just 45 years ago, 16 states deemed marriages between two people of different races illegal. But in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the case of Richard Perry Loving, who was white, and his wife, Mildred Loving, of African American and Native American descent. The case changed history.