04 October 2008

Open Collection Program at the Harvard University Library

There is an Open Collection Program at the Harvard University Library. There are a few collections there that might interest you.

One, the Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 contains books, maps, photographs and manuscripts [varying from personal diaries to institutional forms.]

Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics is another that contains information about some of the more interesting historical health events [the Boston Smallpox Epidemic, the Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, Cholera Epidemics, the Spanish Influenza and more.] It isn't likely you will find an ancestor, but you might be able to account for ancestors moving suddenly or the deaths of several family members in a year.

These are academic collections that were collected for sociological or historical purposes so they will not be as search able as the typical genealogical database. They also appear to be New England centric, but not exclusively.

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