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James E. Peabody Collection

  • Creator: Peabody, James Edward (1869 - ?)

  • Collection Date: 1900-1983

  • Extent: 0.5 linear feet



James Edward Peabody received his A.B from Williams College in 1892. He headed the biology department at Morris Hiigh School in New York City from 1897 to 1929. As Chairman of the New York Association of Biology Teacher's Yellow Fever Committee, Peabody lobbied for legislation to properly recognize and compensate the survivors and widows of the yellow fever experiments in Cuba conducted by Walter Reed. In 1927, Peabody was introduced to William H. Welch who wrote letters to important government officials that insured passage of legislation granting pensions to survivors and widows of the yellow fever experiments.

Scope and Content

The James E. Peabody Yellow Fever Collection contains correspondence, pamphlets and papers related to the yellow fever experiments in Cuba. It was donated to the Welch Medical Library based on discussions and correspondence between Peabody and Fielding Garrison beginning in 1932. Original correspondence with Mrs. Walter Reed, government officials and experiment survivors, John Kissinger and John Moran is noteworthy. The collection is particularly strong in documenting the nationwide effort to recognize and provide pensions for the survivors and widows of the yellow fever experiments in Cuba.

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