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Finding Aid to the U.S. Army Surgeon General's New Orleans yellow fever collection, 1867-1868

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by HMD Staff
Processing Completed 2002
Encoded by Jim Labosier


Summary Information
Title: U.S. Army Surgeon General's New Orleans yellow fever collection
Creator: United States. Dept. of the Army. Office of the Surgeon General
Dates: 1867-1868
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:
Collection contains correspondence, reports, and charts pertaining to yellow fever and other diseases in New Orleans and contiguous areas of the 5th Military District, compiled by the U.S. Army Surgeon General's Office.

Call number: MS C 247
Language: Collection materials primarily in English
Location: Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Access Restrictions:

Collection is not restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

Copyright and Re-use Information

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Preferred Citation:

United States Army Surgeon General's Office. U.S. Army Surgeon General's New Orleans yellow fever collection. 1867-1868. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 247.

Provenance:

Unknown provenance.


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National Library of Medicine

Finding Aid to the U.S. Army Surgeon General's New Orleans yellow fever collection, 1867-1868

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by HMD Staff
Processing Completed 2002
Encoded by Jim Labosier

Descriptive Summary

United States. Dept. of the Army. Office of the Surgeon GeneralU.S. Army Surgeon General's New Orleans yellow fever collection Dates: 1867-18680.21 linear feet (1 box)MS C 247 Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine Collection materials primarily in EnglishAbstract:Collection contains correspondence, reports, and charts pertaining to yellow fever and other diseases in New Orleans and contiguous areas of the 5th Military District, compiled by the U.S. Army Surgeon General's Office.Provenance:

Unknown provenance.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is not restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

Copyright and Re-use Information

The National Library of Medicine believes these materials to be in the public domain. Archival collections often contain mixed copyrights; while NLM is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. It is the user's responsibility to research and understand any applicable copyright and re-publication rights not allowed by fair use. NLM does not grant permissions to publish.

Privacy Information

Archives and manuscript collections may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in any collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which the National Library of Medicine assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation:

United States Army Surgeon General's Office. U.S. Army Surgeon General's New Orleans yellow fever collection. 1867-1868. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 247.

Historical Note

In July 1867 an outbreak of yellow fever occurred in the city of New Orleans. By August, it had spread to the New Orleans contingent of U.S. troops occupying Louisiana. While the New Orleans Board of Health tended to civilians, the Chief Surgeon at New Orleans was authorized to employ nurses to tend to stricken U.S. soldiers. When the epidemic abated in early November, 3,107 civilians and 213 U.S. soldiers had died. [Information from: Carrigan, Jo Ann. Saffron scourge: a history of yellow fever in Louisiana, 1796-1905. (Louisiana State University, 1961).]


Collection contains correspondence, reports, and charts pertaining to yellow fever and other diseases in New Orleans and contiguous areas of the 5th Military District, compiled by the U.S. Army Surgeon General's Office. Some correspondence documents New Orleans Board of Health and Street Commissioner's Department sanitation and fumigation activities against cholera in June and July 1867. Narrative and statistical reports review the status of yellow fever in several areas of the 5th Military District beyond New Orleans, notably Galveston, Austin, Brownsville, Victoria, and Ringgold Barracks, Texas. Correspondents include J.W. Barnes and J.J. Woodward.

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    MeSH Subjects

    • Disease Outbreaks
    • Yellow Fever--epidemiology
    Geographic Names

    • Louisiana

    Series Descriptions

    11Correspondence, April - August, 18672934080RX112Correspondence, September - October, 18672934080RX213Correspondence, November, 1867 - February, 18682934080RX314Correspondence, March - April, 18682934080RX415Correspondence, May - August, 18682934080RX516 Yellow fever at Ringgold Barracks, Texas, 18672934080RX617 Summary report on yellow fever, 18672934080RX718 Reports and charts, 18672934080RX819 Reports, 18672934080RX9110 Miscellaneous, 1867-18682934080RX10

    Collection Scope and Content Note

    Collection contains correspondence, reports, and charts pertaining to yellow fever and other diseases in New Orleans and contiguous areas of the 5th Military District, compiled by the U.S. Army Surgeon General's Office. Some correspondence documents New Orleans Board of Health and Street Commissioner's Department sanitation and fumigation activities against cholera in June and July 1867. Narrative and statistical reports review the status of yellow fever in several areas of the 5th Military District beyond New Orleans, notably Galveston, Austin, Brownsville, Victoria, and Ringgold Barracks, Texas. Correspondents include J.W. Barnes and J.J. Woodward.

    Contents List
    Box | Folder Title
    1 1
    Correspondence, April - August, 1867
    1 2
    Correspondence, September - October, 1867
    1 3
    Correspondence, November, 1867 - February, 1868
    1 4
    Correspondence, March - April, 1868
    1 5
    Correspondence, May - August, 1868
    1 6
    Yellow fever at Ringgold Barracks, Texas, 1867
    1 7
    Summary report on yellow fever, 1867
    1 8
    Reports and charts, 1867
    1 9
    Reports, 1867
    1 10
    Miscellaneous, 1867-1868