Chronicling the Spanish Flu

Renowned physicist, Mildred Allen, taught at Mount Holyoke from 1918 to 1959. She was infected with the Spanish flu—along with more than a quarter of the student population—within weeks of arriving on campus her first year of teaching. During her quarantine she wrote letters to her mother chronicling the outbreak. Below, Mount Holyoke’s chair of theater arts, Susan Daniels ’79, reads the letters aloud.

» Read the feature article, “Campus Under Quarantine,” from the winter 2015 Alumnae Quarterly.

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