MALVERN, PA — Accessible Archives, Inc., a digital publisher of full-text primary source historical collections, announced the release of a new series: Quarantine and Infectious Disease Control in America. Part I: Newspapers, 1736-1922 and Quarantine and Infectious Disease Control in America. Part II: Books, 1823-1928 are now available to all institutions. These databases provide additional resources for scholars and students to understand the necessity of studying history to help us solve current problems.
While the world continues efforts to distance itself from the ravages of COVID 19, this experience is not as unique as we may have previously believed. Deadly epidemics have been challenging the populace since the earliest settlers came to American shores. The series will give researchers an unparalleled look at administrative and community responses to diseases devastating to American public health from colonial America through World War I. It provides a vivid picture ripe for essential historic exploration to compare past outbreaks, civilian and governmental reactions and relations, and disease control practices to what is happening today.
With all infectious diseases, before vaccines could be developed, quarantine and masks were the most effective preventatives for widespread deterrence. Recognition that proper sanitation was essential to protect everyone from contagion took place in the 19th century. Community leaders began to understand that they needed to be responsive to protect themselves and their citizens from potential death.
Iris L. Hanney, President, Unlimited Priorities, states, “Accessible Archives continues to provide access to historic sources which are relevant and timely. These archives are essential to aid in our comprehension of the evolution and resolution the American public health crisis.”
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