Flu facts for the ages

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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.

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