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This letter was written to Congressman W. R. Poage by Betty Jane Whitaker, Co-chairman of the Texas Committee on Migrant Farm Workers, asking him to help improve the lives of migrant workers and their children. Whitaker asks for this to be done…

In 1981, Dr. Michael Gottlieb of UCLA identified a new disease that, among its many signs, severely weakened the immune system. Named acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), this disease was initially seen among gay men in large cities.  Human…

"I've Had My Chest X-Ray" button with red double-bar cross that was the emblem of the National Tuberculosis Association anti-TB crusade.  People can be exposed to tuberculosis bacteria and become infected. Some who are infected go on to develop…

French bacteriologists Albert Calmette (1863–1933) and Camille Guérin (1872–1961) finalized the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine for tuberculosis in 1921. The vaccine remains the only tuberculosis vaccine in use today. While not perfect,…

In the early-20th century, Europe and the U.S. saw the rise of “open air” schools intended to create healthy environments to combat tuberculosis using the principles of sanatoria. Sometimes purpose-built, and sometimes converted spaces, open air…

Students from the old Cary Street School (Madison School) in Richmond, Va., demonstrate handwashing before having lunch. Washing hands regularly with soap and water remains one of the most important steps in preventing the spread of many…

Promotional materials for "Stop Polio Sunday. Second Dose Jan. 19." A hand drops the vaccine onto a sugar cube.Text: "everyone needs Sabin Vaccine. For complete protection against polio, EVERYONE over two months old needs ALL THREE TYPES of Sabin…

Lantern slide. Image taken in Richmond, Va in 1907. The Richmond Health Department formed in 1906. One of its early initiatives (1907) was to investigate 433 cases of typhoid fever, creating the city’s first systematic study of infectious disease.…

After the influenza virus was finally identified in 1933, researchers immediately started to develop a vaccine. The first flu vaccine was approved for U.S. military use in 1945 and for civilian use in 1946. Unfortunately, the flu has several types,…

Cover title: Suggestions for Institution Visitors.A small volume that offers guidelines or suggestions for those undertake the investigaton of county poorhouses, public hospitals, asylums for the insane, children's homes, and industrial schools…

Selected pages from the 1916-1917 Annual Report of Neighborhood House, Richmond, VA. p.1 Listing of Chairman, Executive Committee, Directors, and Head Worker at Neighborhood House, 1916-1917.  p.2 "Activities at the Neighborhood House October,…

Poster depicting the eleven Chores of Modern Health Crusaders. These eleven health chores set out the essentials of tuberculosis prevention and general hygiene. They were part of a public health campaign devised by Charles De Forest of the National…

This poster was part of "Youth and Life" a 48-poster series published by the American Social Hygiene Association. The series was designed to educate teenage girls and young women about the dangers of sexual promiscuity and urged them to embrace…

Dorothea Dix’s 1843 speech petitioning the Massachusetts Legislature for funds to improve the living condition of people with mental illnesses at Worchester Hospital. Her speech includes detailed descriptions of conditions in state and privately…

This pamphlet was created by Dr. Valeria H. Parker, National Chairman of the Social Hygiene Committee of the National League of Women Voters, and outlines outlines the League's general platform and stances regarding the abolition of commercialized…

National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) pamphlet on how woman suffrage improves children's health. Cover editorial cartoon by Rose O'Neill. Originally published in The Woman Voter,May 1916.Text excerpts:"300,000 babies die every year in the United…

Public health information graphic furnished by The Virginia State Board of Health. Illustrations by Carl J. Rostrup of Richmond, Va."PLEASE POST: Council of National Defense, C.R. Keiley, Federal Field Secretary"

Pamphlet describing the work of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood. Cover art by Corporal Percy Lee. "This Mother is Dying Because She Wasn't Well Enough to Have Her Last Baby Perhaps she was already exhausted from too frequent or complicated…

Binky says "Give Your Pet All the Breaks!" Public service comic published as a part of the National Social Welfare Assembly Comics Project. The Comics Project lasted from August 1949 - July 1967 and produced over 200 pages promoting citizenship and…

Buzzy has the answer to "School Blues!" Public service comic published as a part of the National Social Welfare Assembly Comics Project. The Comics Project lasted from August 1949 - July 1967 and produced over 200 pages promoting citizenship and…

World War I pamphlet warning soldiers of the effect of sexually transmitted diseases.Transcription:"Soldier, you responded when your country called. You have put your strength, your manhood and your hope into this war. You want to be a clean-cut…

Venereal disease bulletin, no. 54. Public health pamphlet arguing that prostitution spreads venereal disease and cannot be "segregated, licensed, and made sanitary."Excerpt:"But every investigating committee that has reported on conditions in any…

This pamphlet is specifically designed to educate the spouses, significant others, and family members of World War I soldiers on the topic of venereal disease.Excerpts:Page 2, paragraph 2 : "When men and girls are changing their occupations and ways…
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