Wednesday, February 8, 2017

illness documented in the archives

Recovering from a nasty bout of sinus infection made me wonder how many manuscript collections document illness, and by this I mean not just their own as noted in an obituary. These collections are 19th and 20th century collections.

Case, Dr. Account book, 1910, 1922 documents a variety of illness, deaths, infections, and infectious diseases including measles, he reported to the state board of heath, then isolated and cared for those infected and carriers.

Frederick Delano, letter July 19, 1864 describes a soldier's life and illness. He served with the 3rd Michigan Cavalry, Co. G.

Ira Gillaspie Diary, 1861-1863. Diary describes his activities, illness, battle of Stone River, negative attitude towards blacks.

Easter H. Higley Papers, 1850,1893 document illness in the family and family life.

John H. Kellog Collection, 1898-1938. He believed illness was caused (in part) by poor eating habits, thus he developed breakfast cereals.

Catherine McGorlick Correspondence, 1856 notes that her husband, Charles, was in an institution in Omagh County Ireland, due to stress or mental illness.

Luther F. McNeal Correspondence, 1863, photocopies, from Civil War Camp of an Iowa Captain in Vicksburg (Miss.) to Folks at home describes many things including death of his son, Willie, in 1863. Luther died of wounds in late 1863. 


The Mount Pleasant Center For Development Disabilities (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) Miscellaneous collection, 1934, 2009 documents the institution which help patients who were developmentally disabled or suffered from mental illness.

John Ryan Reminiscences, 1905 includes Civil War fighting, disease, including measles, pay, clothes, Negroes fleeing to the army, marching, and officers.

Thompson, Lloyd W. Correspondence, 1944-46. Includes letters of relatives and friends, including one who had measles and was delayed being sent to England in the WAACs.

Howard Worthington, Papers 1861-1930 documents his illness mostly from the Military Hospital at Fort Lyon (Va.). He died of disease there in 1862. Howard had served in the Michigan Infantry, 5th Regiment, Company H.

An unidentified woman's diary, 1900, describes illness while traveling by horse and wagon through eastern IN, KY and to TN.



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