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The Wade Hampton Frost Collection

  • Creator: Frost, Wade Hampton (1880 - 1938)

  • Collection Date: 1925 - 1961

  • Extent: 1.5 linear feet

Wade Hampton Frost
by Charles Cross
oil on canvas, 40 by 32 inches, 1957.


Wade Hampton Frost was born in Marshall, Virginia. He received his B.A. in 1901 and his M.D. in 1903, both from the University of Virginia. He was the first resident lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and was later professor of epidemiology. Frost served as dean of the school from 1931 until 1934. His work included studies of the epidemiology of poliomyelitis, influenza, diphtheria, and tuberculosis.

Hopkins Affiliations

1919 - 1938 Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health

Scope and Content

The Wade Hampton Frost Collection spans most of his career. It contains administrative records, correspondence, drafts of papers and lectures on epidemiology, research material, photographs, and biographical material, including posthumous tributes. Research material includes notes and data on tuberculosis, typhoid, influenza, measles, diphtheria, scarlet fever, and polio. Correspondence includes the American Red Cross, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the Surgeon General. The collection is a resource for studying early twentieth-century epidemiology and the development of the department of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Additional original material pertaining to Frost can be found in correspondence of the Office of the Dean from the school of hygiene and public health.

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

Permissions and Credits

When citing material from this collection, credit The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. For permission to reproduce images, contact the holder of the copyright.

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