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1918 Influenza on Delmarva: Manuscripts and Other Archival Materials

1993.006 E. Sheldon Jones Collection

This letter comes from the collection of E. Sheldon Jones, whose father, I.E. Jones, was the Mayor of the City of Salisbury, Maryland in 1918. For more information on the collection, visit here

The American Influenza Epidemic Encyclopedia

This extensive encyclopedia of archival material from the 1918 Influenza comes from the University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine and Michigan Publishing.

CDC Influenza Pandemic Storybook

The CDC’s Pandemic Flu Storybook provides readers with a look at the impact pandemic flu events have had on both survivors and the families and friends of non-survivors. These stories are not folklore, but personal recollections. This collection of stories was first released in 2008 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1918 flu pandemic.

Government Documents

2019.076 Mary Anne Pieper Collection

The Mary Ann Pieper Collection (2019.076) includes handwritten letters between a father working in Baltimore and his family back in Pocomoke City. The 98 pages of letters were written in 1918 and mention the impact of the 1918 Influenza on Marylanders. The earlier letters have brief mentions of friends and neighbors having colds, but the later letters directly mention the pandemic-including this October 9 letter recommending masks. All the letters are not focused on the pandemic, so you might have to dig through them.

Articles from 1918-1920