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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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John Barnard Swett Jackson Papers

John Barnard Swett Jackson (MD 1829, Harvard University) was professor of pathological anatomy at Harvard Medical School from 1847 to 1854, Shattuck Professor of Morbid Anatomy from 1854 to 1879, and dean from 1853 to 1855. He was also curator of the Warren Anatomical Museum. Jackson studied gross pathological anatomy of diseased organs.

The full collection at the Countway Library contains Jackson’s correspondence from 1828 to 1873 with his family and letters written between 1853 to 1879 from Oliver Wendell Holmes. The collection also contains notes, circa 1835–1841, on yellow fever and correspondence, notes, and clippings from 1837 to 1852 pertaining to Jackson’s cases, among other materials.