Tankard engraved with scenes of the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London, 1675-76, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987.54

Primary Sources and Teaching Tools

This section includes primary sources, maps, and timelines related to past epidemics that are suitable for research or classroom use.

Maps and Timelines

Sarah Schuetze, "Mapping a Demon Malady: Cholera Maps and Affect in 1832," Commonplace  

"Pandemics That Changed History," History.com (May 19, 2020) 

Primary Sources

"The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia," University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine and Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library 

"The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878," Digital Public Library of America 

"Archive-It—Global Health Events web archive," National Library of Medicine 

"Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics," Curiosity Collections, Harvard Library 

"Fifth Annual Report of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital for the Year 1918," Harvard Library     

"Infectious Disease in American History," National Museum of American History

Collecting Initiatives

Thomas Cauvin, "Mapping Public History Projects about COVID 19" International Federation for Public History (April 24, 2020)

Teaching Guides

Joseph M. Gabriel, "Teaching the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in the Time of COVID-19, Part 1" Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (July 21, 2020) 

Joseph M. Gabriel, "Teaching the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in the Time of COVID-19, Part 2" Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (July 28, 2020) 

Syllabi

Antoine S. Johnson, Elise A. Mitchell, Ayah Nuriddin, "Syllabus: A History of Anti-Black Racism in Medicine," Black Perspectives (August 12, 2020)