Issues regarding public health are included, specifically relating to smallpox in 1913, the influenza pandemic of 1918, and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

Collections in this community

  • COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020-21 [22]

    This collection includes materials related to the college’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Influenza Epidemic, 1918 [0]

    Documents related to the impact of the 1918 influenza epidemic on the college's campus.
  • Smallpox, 1913 [4]

    This collection includes photographs and documents related to a smallpox quarantine in 1913.

Recent Submissions

  • Virtual Community Project Week 1 

    Office of Student Activities (Kalamazoo College, 2020-03-31)
    The Office of Student Activities sponsored events during Spring 2020 using Instagram, Microsoft Teams, and Snapchat. Wellness Wednesday was a group session sponsored by the Counseling Center to help deal with the sudden ...
  • Virtual Community Center Launch 

    Office of Student Activities (Kalamazoo College, 2020-03-28)
    This social media post announced the launch of the Virtual Community Center (VCC). A Microsoft Teams site was developed in response to campus closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The VCC allowed the Office of Student ...
  • Natatorium Construction 

    Murphy, Lisa (Kalamazoo College, 2020-05-31)
    Construction on the new natatorium was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Originally set to open on 10/10/2020, work on the new swimming pool continued through the Spring term of 2021.
  • Important: Scheduling for Retrieval of Student Belongings in Campus Housing 

    Office of Residential Life (Kalamazoo College, 2020-05-15)
    When students left at the end of the 2020 winter term, they thought that the coronavirus would only delay their return by two weeks. However, the sudden switch to online only classes for the entire spring meant that ...
  • Quarantine Diaries 

    Dahal, Mansi (Kalamazoo College, 2020-04)
    The diary entries of student Mansi Dahal, Class of 2020, describe the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic from March 16 to April 10, 2020.
  • Hope 

    Murphy, Lisa (Kalamazoo College, 2020-04-29)
    The word "HOPE" is chalked onto the side of the Upjohn Library Commons in April of 2020. The college buildings were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and classes were all held remotely during the spring term of 2020.
  • Flag at Half-Staff 

    Murphy, Lisa (Kalamazoo College, 2020-05-05)
    The flag outside Mandelle Hall flies at half staff during the coronavirus pandemic. On this day (May 5, 2020), Kalamazoo County's Health and Community Services Department reported a cumulative total of 622 confirmed cases ...
  • Ernest Piper 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, c. 1913)
    Ernest Piper was a member of the Class of 1914 and a member of the college’s Glee Club. A Kalamazoo Gazette article from April 3, 1913 announced that Piper was diagnosed with smallpox. It stated, “Piper was walking around, ...
  • Smallpox! 1913 

    Moyle, Lydia Buttolph, 1893-1984 (Kalamazoo College, 1913-04)
    Three students stand on the overhang above the door to the men’s dormitory, holding a sign which is not legible. The photo appears in the scrapbook of Lydia Buttoph, Class of 1916, and is captioned “Smallpox! 1913.” After ...
  • "Being Campused Don't Spoil Our Good Times." 

    Moyle, Lydia Buttolph, 1893-1984 (Kalamazoo College, 1913-04-06)
    This image shows three women and three men on the grounds of the Kalamazoo College campus. The caption reads, “Being campused don’t spoil our good times. Sun. Apr 6, 1913.” The photo appears in the scrapbook of Lydia ...
  • Smallpox Vaccination Certificate 

    Stewart, Leonard H. (Kalamazoo College, 1913-04-03)
    A note from Dr. L.H. Stewart of 413 S. Burdick Street dated April 3, 1913 states, “This certifies that Lydia Buttolph was vaccinated by the undersigned on the above date. Signed L.H. Stewart. April 30 – This certifies that ...
  • Daffodils in Bloom 

    Cai, Xiu (Kalamazoo College, 2020-05-12)
    Daffodils in bloom on Kalamazoo College's deserted campus during the spring 2020 term. Classes switched to a distance learning model and only a few students remained on campus, unable to return home. Photo submitted by ...
  • Discarded Glove 

    Cai, Xiu (Kalamazoo College, 2020-05-12)
    A disposable glove lays on the ground near a Trowbridge Hall sidewalk. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, cleaning protocols on campus were enhanced. The campus community was encouraged to wash their hands frequently, ...
  • Closed by the Order of the Governor sign 

    Cai, Xiu (Kalamazoo College, 2020-05-12)
    This image was taken on campus during the 2020 spring term. It shows a sign posted at Stowe Stadium stating "Closed by the order of Governor. Stay home, be safe. Kalamazoo College." Only a few students remained on campus, ...
  • CARES Act Petition 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 2020-04-30)
    A petition written by students to the administration and Board of Trustees in regards to the allocation of the CARES Act funds. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed on March 27, 2020. Written by ...
  • Spring Term Welcome Message 

    Gonzalez, Jorge G. (Kalamazoo College, 2020-04-01)
    At the start of the 2020 spring term, President Jorge G. Gonzalez issued this welcome message to the campus community. The message included a link to "Learning Strategies: K from Anywhere" a resource guide prepared by the ...
  • Letter to Students, March 31, 2020 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 2020-03-31)
    A letter written to students on behalf of the Kalamazoo College faculty at the start of the 2020 spring term. The letter addresses the decision to use a Credit/No Credit grading policy for the spring.
  • Social Justice Resources for Community 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 2020-03-31)
    After the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order issued by Michigan's governor on March 23, 2020, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership cancelled its With\Out-Borders? conference. The ACSJL e-mail also provided resources ...
  • Important: COVID-19 Update e-mail 

    Gonzalez, Jorge G. (Kalamazoo College, 2020-03-23)
    Another President's Staff Announcement to the campus community regarding the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" initiative. With the exception of a few employees from Campus Safety, Dining Services, Custodial Services, ...
  • COVID-19 Update e-mail 

    Worster, Kate (Kalamazoo College, 2020-03-19)
    A President's Staff announcement to the entire campus community regarding updates on the coronavirus to the college's webpage with a Frequently Asked Questions section. A PDF version of the FAQs webpage from March 27, ...

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