University of Virginia Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

The United States Army Yellow Fever Commission

Conquerors of Yellow Fever, a painting by Dean Cornwell, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia

Conquerors of Yellow Fever, a painting by Dean Cornwell, circa 1940, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia

Welcome to the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission online exhibit! If you have viewed this page before, you may notice that it looks a little different from when you last visited. That is because the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library is overhauling this site. In the coming months we will be making changes that improve how we deliver the yellow fever exhibit to users and facilitate the preservation of our digital collections.

Rather than unveiling the entire exhibit at one time, the site renovations will be completed gradually over the next year. We hope that with this approach, we can continue to provide our online yellow fever resources to users without any interruptions in service. We will keep you informed about upcoming revisions and new exhibit features at the bottom of this page.

We apologize in advance for any inconveniences you may experience because of these renovations. If you have any major questions or concerns about the new exhibit as it develops, please contact the Historical Collections and Services Department of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at dmc7be@virginia.edu.

Yellow Fever Exhibit Updates

New Pages Added (July 28, 2015)

Over the past few months we have been busy adding new content to the website. We have been particularly focused on providing historical context for the achievements of the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission. Symptoms and Epidemiology of Yellow Fever briefly describes yellow fever. Yellow Fever in the United States examines how the disease threatened the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. Finally, The Havana Commission and Finlay’s Theory discusses research that laid the foundation for the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission’s work.

We have also added an FAQ page and other materials to guide users of the Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection.

New Home for Online Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection (May 20, 2015)

As the result of a two year migration project, The Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection is now available through the University of Virginia Libraries catalog, Virgo. The digital collection which had previously existed as one half of the exhibit, “Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection”, was moved to a new platform to ensure that we preserve this resource for future generations.

Two Online Exhibits Merge (May 20, 2015)

For almost 15 years the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library hosted two online exhibits dedicated to the history of the U.S. Army Yellow Fever Commission. The first, “Yellow Fever and the Reed Commission”, was a narrative exhibit that told the story of the commission’s work. The second, “Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection” was both a traditional narrative exhibit and a digitized archival collection. To reduce redundancy and confusion, the two exhibits are being merged here. Initially, the exhibit will solely consist of material from “Yellow Fever and the Reed Commission”, but over time content from “Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection”, as well as some new content, will be added.