"President's Address to the Board": The Year is Marked by "General Unrest"
Trinity College and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918
The first and only statement on the influenza matter from the Board arises from President Luther '1870 indirectly, who in his June 20, 1919 report contends that the College had “been marked by general unrest, misunderstandings, complaints, schemes looking toward reforms not greatly different from revolution.” Luther suggests that much of this “probably arises from or is a part of the general uneasiness throughout the world – an uneasiness which manifests itself in all sorts of ways, from dynamite bombs to petitions addressed to the Trustees.” He offers no suggestion of what precisely that “uneasiness” is, presumably encompassing the Great War and the pandemic, and he also offers no statement of the College’s responses to remedy that unease.
Trinity College Board of Trustees
President Flavel Sweeten Luther
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Watkinson Library and Trinity College Archives, Trinity College (Hartford, CT)
June 20, 1919
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