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1918 Influenza Epidemic in Indiana

In The News

Local news items can be found on the second floor Newspaper Division.
Indexed term – Influenza

“Public places closed”. Indianapolis Star, 7 October 1918. pg.1 c.4.
”Dr. Morgan says concerted effort necessary to prevent closing of business”. Indianapolis News, 19 November 1918. pg. 1 c. 8.
”Goodrich proclamation”. Indianapolis Star,  24 November 1918. pg. 6 c.5.
”Masks ordered off”. Indianapolis Star,  26 November 1918. pg. 11 c. 3.
”Deaths in October”. Indianapolis Star, 24 November 1918. pg. 6 c. 2.
”Epidemic”. Indianapolis News, 2 February 1920. pg. 1 c. 7.

Books and Documents @ ISL

The following books and documents are available at the Indiana State Library.
Come to the second floor Reference Desk for assistance.


IND 923 T258t
Teetor, Lothair. Battleship musician : the diary of a Hoosier bandsman during World War I .Amagansett, NY : Westernesse Press, 1994.

IND 610.5 I385i V. 9 No. 4
Indiana Medical History Quarterly.  Indiana Historical Society, December 1983.

IND 614 I385bm
Indiana State Board of Health. Monthly Bulletin Vol. 21. 1918. (NOTE - 1919 is missing)

IPQ 614 no. 5
Indiana State Board of Health. Circulars sent out during the world war. Indianapolis, 1918.

IR 328.7 Iy19 Indiana Yearbook. Indiana State Board of Health Annual Report for the Year Ending September 30, 1919 (Abridged). Pgs 485-558


616.203 E34s
Eichel, Otto R. Special report on the mortality from influenza in New York state during the epidemic of 1918-19. Albany, 1923.

RA 644.I6 C76 2003 Crosby, Alfred W. America's forgotten pandemic : the influenza of 1918. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2003.


RC 150.4 .K65 2001  Kolata, Gina Bari.  Flu : the story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918 and the search for the virus that caused it. London : Pan, 2001.

RC 150.4 .B37 2004  Barry, John M.  The great influenza : the epic story of the deadliest plague in history.  New York : Viking, c2004.

Government Documents

p.d. 317 Un58 sp no.36  U.S. Bureau of the census. Special tables of mortality from influenza and pneumonia. Indiana, Kansas, and Philadelphia, Pa. September 1 to December 31, 1918. Washington : Government Printing Office, 1920.

p.d. 614 Unpw 58 Vol. 33
United States.  Public Health Service.  Epidemic Influenza. Washington 1918.

p.d. 614 Unpw 58s No.33
United States.. “Epidemic Influenza (Spanish Influenza). Public Health Reports Supplement no. 33. Washington, 1918.

 p.d. 614 Unpw 58s No. 34
United States.  Public Health Reports Supplement No. 34. “Spanish influenza”, “Three-day fever”, “The flu”. Washington, 1918.

p.d. 614 Unpw 58s No. 48
Townsend, J.G.  Review of the literature on influenza and the common cold.  Washington, 1924.  Public Health Reports Supplement no. 48. Washington, 1918.

Manuscript Collection

Walter Lemmon Papers – Letters from a solider during WWI

Urban Stover Papers – Letters from a solider during WWI stationed at the Great Lakes Navel Training Station in Illinois

Articles available in full text through the INSPIRE databases.

Taubenberger, Jeffery K. and Morens, David M. 1918 Influenza: the Mother of All Pandemics. Emerging Infectious Diseases; Jan2006, Vol. 12 Issue 1, pgs. 15-22.

Starr, Isaac.  Influenza in 1918: Recollections of the Epidemic in Philadelphia.  Annals of Internal Medicine. 7/18/2006, Vol. 145 Issue 2, p138-140

The following links have been selected to guide you beyond the library

http://www.nature.com/nature/focus/1918flu/index.html Includes links to full-text articleshttp://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/bibliographies/bibliography.html  Navy Department Library

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