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The Mississippi State University Libraries is pleased to announce the creation of a new digital collection entitled “History of Medicine”. The collection consists of letters, diaries, and other manuscript materials related to 19th and early 20th century American medicine. The first round of material uploaded features documents from multiple collections held by MSU Libraries’ Manuscripts Division including the Todd A. Herring Collection, the Lenoir Family Plantation Records, and the Daniel Williams Family Papers. These letters and documents offer insight into 19th century medicine, illness, injuries, and views on death, along with more general observations on daily life. Scholars of the 19th century American South will be interested to see details on Civil War battlefield injuries, slave’s lives and deaths, and discussion of epidemics of cholera and yellow fever that ravaged the Deep South.

The digital collection will be updated as appropriate materials are identified and digitized.

To see the items, please visit the History of Medicine page at MSU Digital Collections: http://digital.library.msstate.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16631coll16

For more information about History of Medicine materials at MSU, please contact Special Collections at spec_coll@library.msstate.edu or 662-325-7679.

For more information about Mississippi State University Special Collections, please visit our webpage: http://lib.msstate.edu/specialcollections