"Medical Supplies-$50.00": The College's 1920 Budget
Trinity College and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918
The College’s budget of June 18, 1920 affords insight into the medical preparedness of Trinity: there was $50.00 allocated for “medical supplies” and $3,500 and $1,800 apportioned for the salaries of a Medical Director and Assistant Medical Director, respectively. The medical positions had been in place as early as 1909, when the College underwent a different “epidemic of Influenza and Conjunctivitis which prevailed during February and March.” Trinity had the same campus doctor in 1909 as it did in 1918: “Doctor Swan” or Horace Cheney Swan, also a Professor of Physical Education, oversaw campus health. In his greatest moment before the Board, he seems to have admonished the College for not taking steps to “fill at least partially the unsightly and unhygienic pit in the southwest corner of campus.” History leaves uncertain the question of when and if this “unsightly pit” was dealt with.
Trinity College Board of Trustees
Trinity College Board of Trustees Records, Trinity College Digital Repository
Watkinson Library and Trinity College Archives, Trinity College (Hartford, CT)
June 18, 1920
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