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  • Collection: Going Viral

Graph showing weekly statistics pertaining to the influenza epidemic in Canton of Aargau, Switzerland, July 1918-May 1919. The graph shows the number of people who contracted influenza versus the number of people who died from the illness.

Map showing the prevalence of influenza in eleven districts of the Canton of Aargau (Switzerland).

Ferula asafoetida was one of the many remedies used to avoid catching influenza. The only proven way to avoid catching influenza was to stay away from other people carrying the influenza virus.

Two consecutive interviews are combined here, one each of Zelma Montgomery Murray and her husband Charles Murray. The couple speaks about their life in North Carolina mill towns and their jobs in the mills. They discuss the lack of control that…

Advertisement for Vick's VapoRub. Verso of card features a small illustration of a soldier carrying a sword, wearing a box of Vick's Salve. The caption under the illustration reads, "Your body-guard.".

Letter written from France during Reed's service in Company D, 120th Infantry, 30th Division, American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Reed mentions that there is much more influenza in the United States than in his Company.

Naomi Sizemore Trammel grew up in the country but found it necessary to move to a nearby mill town at the age of ten when her parents died and she and her older sister had to support themselves. Trammel began a lifetime of textile mill labor in the…

This interview is one of a series of interviews that focus on coastal North Carolina counties where World War II defense industries and military bases sparked rapid and unprecedented change. The coast, previously a land of sharecroppers, small…

James and Nannie Pharis were married in 1911 after meeting at a square dance sponsored by the local cotton mill in Spray, North Carolina. Both had moved into Spray (now Eden) around the turn of the twentieth century when their tenant farmer fathers…

McGlone was born on October 12, 1924 in Mesic, North Carolina; eldest of eight children growing up on family farm; childhood in Mesic; struggle to maintain family land, especially land on water, from white developers; primary education in segregated…

One of a series of interviews conducted by students of the University of North Carolina School of Law, with North Carolina lawyers and judges, some of whom are also politicians. Topics include interviewees' personal and professional lives; thoughts…

Gladys Irene Moser Hollar and her husband, Glenn Hollar, describe their childhood in rural North Carolina and their working lives in the glove industry and elsewhere. The Hollars grew up in large families in which everyone had to contribute to eke…
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