Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Michigan to Create Digital Collection of 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine a two-year $314,688 grant to create an original, open access digital collection of archival, primary, and interpretive materials related to the history of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic in the United States. The University of Michigan Library, through its Scholarly Publishing Office, is contributing digital conversion, hosting, and archiving services to the project.

The project, which the NEH has given a prestigious We the People designation for its efforts to strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture, will include approximately 50,000 pages of original materials that document the experiences of 50 diverse communities in the United States in fall 1918 and winter 1919 when influenza took the lives of an estimated 675,000 Americans. The collection’s primary resources comprise letters and correspondence, minutes of organizations and groups, reports from agencies and charities, newspaper accounts, military records, diaries, photographs and more.

Read more . . .

Related Resources

:: Influenza 1918-1919: North Carolina Statistics and Commentary, a project of the State Library of North Carolina

:: The Health Bulletin (North Carolina State Board of Health) [1913-1973], a project of HSL Special Collections

:: Biennial Report of the North Carolina State Board of Health [1909-1972], a project of HSL Special Collections

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