Religious Diversity

Though the Asylum was founded by Quakers, it did not exclusively serve Quaker patients. Beginning in 1834, the Asylum began admitting patients who belonged to other faiths. Explore each year's non-quaker admissions with the graph below. This information comes from the Friends' Asylum collection's Casebooks, 1835-1894 records.

By the similarities between some religion names written in these casebooks, it seems as though recordkeepers at the Asylum were not necesarily concerned with precision when it came to recording religions. For example, some records note the admittance of Dunker patients, though this term in fact refers to the German Baptist religion, to which other patients are explicitly noted as belonging. Additionally, in some years, some patients are recorded as Roman Catholics, while in others they might simply be recorded as Catholics. In these two examples, the data have been combined under the German Baptist and broader Catholic terms, respectively. However, in other instances, similar terms might appear in the same year. One example of this is the year 1848, in which both "German Lutheran" and "Lutheran" appear. For cases like these, each religion's data have been left separate to preserve the original text of the Casebooks.