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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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Loring Family Papers

The Loring Family Papers include materials from Jane Lathrop Loring and her nieces, Katharine Peabody Loring and Louisa Putnam Loring. Jane Loring, born in 1821, was married to Asa Gray, the distinguished botanist and Harvard professor. She was a member of the Female Humane Society of Cambridge, Massachusetts, which was a charitable organization for the relief of sick and indigent women, and she edited Letters of Asa Gray.

Katherine and Louisa Loring were daughters of Elizabeth (Smith) Loring and Caleb William Loring, Jane Lathrop’s brother. Born in 1849, Katherine Loring was a founder of and, for 20 years, a teacher in the Society to Encourage Studies at Home. She was a trustee of the Beverly (Massachusetts) Public Library, a Red Cross worker, and an officer in the Woman’s Education Association and the Massachusetts Library Club.

Louisa Loring was born in 1854. The founder (and president) of the Aiken, South Carolina, Sanitarium, known as Aiken Cottages, and of the Beverly Anti-Tuberculosis Society, she also held offices in the Beverly Hospital and the Essex County (Massachusetts) Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The full collection at the Schlesinger Library contains a variety of materials, including correspondence regarding family, travel, charitable, and peacekeeping activities; notebooks; and photographs. The letters of Louisa Putnam Loring, some of which are noted below, refer almost exclusively to her relief work on behalf of Bulgarian schoolchildren in the 1920s. The remainder of the material, a portion also noted below, relates to her involvement in two organizations: the Aiken Cottages, established for “care of men in reduced circumstances” suffering from incipient pulmonary disease or tuberculosis (ca. 1897–1919), and the Essex County Chapter of the American Red Cross (ca. 1906–1919).