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1918 Influenza Epidemic: Home

Free primary sources for the study of the history of the 1918 influenza epidemic in support of the Pandemic & Our Changing World summer seminar.

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Purpose of this Library Guide

During the question time following Dr. Barnet Hartson's lecture, "Pandemics and Plagues in Historical Perspective," there were several inquiries about the 1918 Influenza Epidemic. This guide provides primary sources on that topic that are available freely on the internet. They include medical reports, newspaper articles, photographs, letters, and medical pamphlets and reports that have been digitized by libraries in the U.S. and abroad. This list is by no means comprehensive, but a gateway into a hauntingly similar world to ours, but one hundred years ago. 

1918 Influenza Pandemic


A monster representing an influenza virus hitting a man over the head as he sits in his armchair. Pen and ink drawing by E. Noble, c. 1918. Credit: Wellcome CollectionAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


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Lisa Johnston
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