Influenza digital archive

December 2015


An estimated 650,000 Americans lost their lives to the infamous and tragic 1918-1919 influenza epidemic, a small but significant fraction of the approximately 50 million deaths the disease caused worldwide. Countless more were left without parents, children, friends, and loved ones. Communities across the country did what they could to stem the rising tide of illness and death, closing their schools, churches, theaters, shops and saloons. Doctors, nurses, and volunteers gave their time – and, occasionally, their lives – to care for the ill.

The website is an open access digital collection of archival, primary, and interpretive materials related to the history of the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic in the United States. Features like keyword metatagging help guide the reader and serve as templates for self-guided research projects.

These pages contain the stories of the places, the people, and the organizations that battled the American influenza epidemic of 1918-1919.

Read articles about influenza already published in HCS-Manguinhos:

Maciel-Lima, Sandra Mara et al. The impact that the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic had on news reporting in the state of Paraná, BrazilHist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Mar 2015, vol.22, no.1, p.273-291. ISSN 0104-5970

Serrón, Víctor. Epidemia y perplejidades médicas:Uruguay, 1918-1919Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Set 2011, vol.18, no.3, p.701-722. ISSN 0104-5970

Ospina Díaz, Juan Manuel, Martínez Martín, Abel Fernando and Herrán Falla, Oscar Fernando. Impacto de la pandemia de gripa de 1918-1919 sobre el perfil de mortalidad general en Boyacá, ColombiaHist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Mar 2009, vol.16, no.1, p.53-81. ISSN 0104-5970


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