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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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Arlington Street Church Records

This Boston congregation, first referred to as the Church of the Presbyterian Strangers, was founded in 1729 by Scots–Irish Presbyterians. Known variously as “the Meeting House in Long Lane” and “the Federal Street Church,” the congregation was named the Arlington Street Church in 1862. One of the church’s early ministers, Jeremy Belknap (1787–1798), maintained a list of families in the parish, with information about the “inoculation” of members and records of deaths from smallpox in Boston, Massachusetts. The full collection at the Andover–Harvard Theological Library contains 52 boxes and is organized into 11 series of records.