The 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in its time. Caused by the H1N1 virus, it travelled worldwide during 1918-1919. The virus infected around one-third of the world’s population, and cause an estimated 50 million deaths worldwide. When it reached Berea College, President William G. Frost worked in collaboration with the local hospital, students, faculty and staff to best protect and inform the community. These photos are from the College’s Special Collections & Archives and include diary entries from both President Frost and his wife, Eleanor Frost, the President’s letter to students, correspondence about the virus, and more.
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