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Inspecting Influenza: Review of American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia

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American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia is a digital history project produced and supported by the University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine and Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library. The editors are J. Alex Navarro, Alexandra Stern, and Howard Markel. The site’s visual format is laid out similar to a newspaper page and uses an off-white background and red accents that are carried throughout the site. As the subtitle denotes, this website can be considered a “digital encyclopedia” in the way that it contains a section “City Essays” that explains how the Influenza Epidemic affected 50 U.S. cities. But in addition, the site is an important digital collection which “constitutes the largest digital collection of materials relating to the 1918-1919 influenza epidemic” (“About,” American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia. http://www.influenzaarchive.org/about.html. Accessed 04/10/2019). Through the combination of these two forms of material and by highlighting cities’ and peoples’ different experiences of the epidemic, the creators of this site show how varied individual, organizational, and geographical responses to the epidemic were.

Inspecting Influenza: Review of American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia

Inspecting Influenza: Review of American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia. http://www.influenzaarchive.org/index.html. University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine and Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library; edited by J. Alex Navarro, Alexandra Stern, and Howard Markel. Last site update: September 19, 2016. Accessed and Reviewed January 19, 2019-April 10, 2019.

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