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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

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Samuel Leonard Abbot Papers

Samuel Leonard Abbot (AM 1838, MD 1841, Harvard University) corresponded with various colleagues about cholera cases in the vicinity of Boston and Cambridge. Among the full collection at the Countway Library are letters in response to a survey that documented cases of cholera within “the district” in the season prior to December 1866. The collection also includes reports written by Charles Douglass Cleaveland and Benjamin Mann detailing the symptoms and treatment of some of their patients with cholera. The collection includes drafts of reports, a printed circular letter with questionnaire, and miscellaneous data and abstracts attributed to the Committee to Consider Cases of Cholera. A sample of these materials is noted below.

Materials Digitized for the Contagion Collection

Letter from James Ayer, Feb. 12, 1867. B MS c604.2.

Letter from Artemas Ira Fenn, Feb. 11, 1867. B MS c604.2.

Letters from William Williamson Wellington, 1867. B MS c604.2.

Report (manuscript) by Charles Douglass Cleaveland, Apr. 1, 1867. B MS 604.4.