Flu facts for the ages
Nearly 100 years after the devastating global influenza pandemic of 1918-19—also known as the Great Pandemic—the University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine will create a collection devoted to pandemic in the United States. In early April, the center announced it had received a two-year, $314,688 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop an open-access, digital collection of archival, primary and interpretive materials related to the history of the deadly pandemic in the U.S.
The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia, will include about 50,000 pages of original materials that chronicle the experiences of 50 U.S. communities in the fall of 1918 and winter of 1919, when the flu resulted in the deaths of about 675,000 Americans. Primary resources will include letters and correspondence, meeting minutes from various organizations, reports from agencies and charities, newspaper accounts, military records, diary entries and photographs.