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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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American Academy of Arts and Sciences Records

Chartered in 1780 by the Massachusetts legislature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is the second oldest learned society in the United States. Among its incorporators were John Adams, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock. Shortly after its inception, the Academy organized a library. Regular publications began with the first volume of its Memoirs in 1785. Early papers presented before the Academy reflected an interest in physical science and public health.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences records housed at the Countway Library consist of papers on smallpox, fevers, sanitation, and other subjects read to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences by Manasseh Cutler, Samuel Latham Mitchell, and others. Additional documents include a register of deaths in Newton, Massachusetts, taken from 1763 to 1783, and observations on a similar register of vital statistics presented by Edward Wigglesworth to the Academy.

Materials Digitized for the Contagion Collection

“The Theory of Fevers,” 1775.