Sewing, Laundry, and General Cleaning

As part of moral therapy, women often worked in the sewing and laundry rooms. With the help of a few hired employees, patients repaired and made clothing for both men and women at the Asylum. The LAI Annual Report of 1874 states that patients "have made 5,906 articles, including men's clothing; have been repaired in the sewing room 22,840 articles; and in the wards have repaired 24,872 articles, making a total of 53,618." In the laundry room, patients were responsible for washing the communal sheets and clothing for residents in the institution. The LAI Annual Report of 1876 emphasized that 246,385 articles were washed in that year. Many patients also assisted in maintaining a clean and tidy environment within the institution, which included cleaning patient rooms.