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Cholera Epidemics in the 19th Century

The Great Plague of London, 1665

The Boston Smallpox Epidemic, 1721

“Pestilence” and the Printed Books of the Late 15th Century

Spanish Influenza in North America, 1918–1919

Syphilis, 1494–1923

Tropical Diseases and the Construction of the Panama Canal, 1904–1914

Tuberculosis in Europe and North America, 1800–1922

The Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793

General Materials

Notable People

Related Links



Listed below, by type, are links to digitized manuscript and archival materials included in Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics. The original materials are held by various repositories at Harvard University and may be part of larger collections. Please contact the owning library or repository listed in the catalog record for each item for additional information.

The manuscript and archival materials selected for the Contagion collection can be used for research, for the creation of class projects, or to illustrate secondary works. In some cases the items are drawn from larger collections at Harvard. Most of the digitized selections from collections contain a range of materials providing a broader context for understanding the subject.

For further information about the collections, follow the links to finding aids cited at the end of a selection when they are available.

Personal Papers—materials written by individuals

Samuel Leonard Abbot Papers
Zabdiel Boylston Adams Papers
Beecher–Stowe Family Papers
Blackwell Family Papers
Brown Family Papers
William Norton Bullard Collection
Mary Augusta Carr Cumings Diaries
Fay Family Papers
Samuel Hahnemann Letter
Lloyd E. Hawes Autographed Letters
Richard James Hooker Papers

Solomon M. Hyams Collection
James Jackson Papers
John Barnard Swett Jackson Papers
Loring Family Papers
Kenneth Griggs Merrill Papers
Abel Lawrence Peirson Papers
Lyman Spalding Papers
Cotton Tufts Papers
Benjamin Waterhouse Papers
Hans Zinsser Papers

Institutional Records—materials created by organizations

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Records
Arlington Street Church Records
Boston Overseers of the Poor Records
Harvard University President’s Office Records
Massachusetts Medical Society Records

To view additional digitized manuscripts, visit the Open Collection Program’s “Manuscripts” pages in Women Working, 1800–1930, and Immigration to the United States, 1789–1930.


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