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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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Kenneth Griggs Merrill Papers

Business executive and writer Kenneth Griggs Merrill was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1891. Hired in 1911 as a clerk for the M. B. Skinner Manufacturing Company of Chicago, he advanced through the organization and, within 22 years, became its president. Merrill wrote numerous articles on salesmanship and advertising, as well as short stories and other articles of general interest. He died in 1963.

Shortly before World War I, Merrill met Amelia Earhart, the first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic Ocean. The Merrill papers located at the Schlesinger Library consist of two photographs and two letters from Amelia Earhart to Merrill. Earhart discusses her poor health and her battle with influenza.