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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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Harvard University President’s Office Records

Abbott Lawrence Lowell was president of Harvard University from 1909 until 1933. During Lowell’s administration, Harvard’s enrollment nearly doubled and its endowment quintupled. Lowell’s administration reshaped undergraduate education, expanded Harvard’s campus, and oversaw the establishment of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and the Society of Fellows.

The full collection at the Harvard University Archives documents almost every aspect of Lowell’s administration. Some highlights include Harvard’s involvement in World War I, 1914–1918, including efforts of volunteer units, such as the Harvard Surgical Unit; and the growth of Harvard Medical School. Lowell was president during the Spanish influenza pandemic, which began in 1918.