Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics is a digital library collection of selected historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that contributes to the understanding of the global, social-history, and public-policy implications of diseases and offers important historical perspectives on the science and the public policy of epidemiology today.
Material from the library includes:
Printed sermons preached on fast days marking the onslaught of epidemics and on thanksgiving days marking their end, including ones by John Squire (1636), William Linn (1795), Paschal N. Strong (1822), John Gorham Palfrey (1832), and Edmund Kell (1849);
The Third Great Plague: A Discussion of Syphilis for Everyday People by John H. Stokes (1918) and the pamphlet To Girls About the Enemy at Home published by the Massachusetts State Department of Health (1917?);
Jeremy Belknap's list of families in the parish, with information about the inoculation of members, and records of deaths from smallpox in Boston, 1702-1792, from the Records of the Arlington Street Church, Boston, Massachusetts (bMS 4).
Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics is part of Harvard's Open Collections Program, through which the University offers online access to resources from Harvard's libraries to benefit students and teachers around the world. The goal is to create a new model for digital collections that will benefit the Harvard community and the general public alike.