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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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Richard James Hooker Papers

These papers were compiled by historian Richard J. Hooker, who specialized in American colonial history and was a pioneer in the field of food history. The full collection at the Schlesinger Library contains approximately 300 miscellaneous letters, mostly from American women in the 19th century, covering a wide range of subjects, such as religion, education, politics, marriage, and local and family news. The majority of the letters are written by “unknown” women, and give a glimpse into the life of the housewife and the schoolteacher. In a selection of letters, noted below, women discuss illness and death.

Materials Digitized for the Contagion Collection

Pierce, Lydia D. to sister, Sally Smith (Mrs. Josiah Smith?), Volney, Oswego County, New York, 1830, 1836, 1838. A-133, folder 42.