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The Global Health Chronicles is a collection of materials on public health efforts to prevent, control and eradicate global disease. A collaboration between the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University's Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, the site was designed for a range of users, from casual readers to serious researchers. Users may access new and rarely-seen materials through this searchable database.

How to Search

On the homepage, click on the disease of interest to browse through information contained in that chronicle. Use the advanced search link at the top of the page to narrow your query.

About the Information Provided

1. The views and memories of interviewees are their own and do not reflect the views of the David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or Emory University.

2. Transcripts may vary from recordings since interviewees were able to review the content and adjust for accuracy and/or clarity as they saw fit. The edited transcript should be considered more accurate than the recordings.

3. Links to websites outside The Global Health Chronicles are included for the user’s convenience and do not constitute an endorsement of the material or any associated product or service on those sites.

Use of this Information

The materials provided on The Global Health Chronicles website are offered to the public and researchers free of charge. Please include the correct attributions for all reproduced materials, and acknowledge primary sources.

Government information on The Global Health Chronicles website is in the public domain. Public domain information may be freely distributed and copied, but please give the primary source appropriate acknowledgement. You may encounter documents, illustrations, photographs, or other information resources contributed or licensed by private individuals, companies, or organizations that may be protected by U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. If the copyright is uncertain, contact the primary source listed under SOURCE on each record.

Suggested format for general citations: "Retrieved from: http:// globalhealthchronicles.com." More specific citations are shown on each record.

The following institutions were used as primary sources: David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Public Health Library and Information Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Emory University's Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library; National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division; The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration at Atlanta and Washington D. C.; The Carter Center.

Contact information:

Email: globalhealth1942@gmail.com


Support for The Global Health Chronicles project comes from the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS); the Emory University Libraries; the Emory Global Health Institute and The Carter Center. The project has also benefited from the generous support of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Google.org Fund of Tides Foundation, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Gilead Sciences, Inc., and Abbott.

The idea for The Global Health Chronicles project was born during the planning of a 2006 reunion of CDC professionals who worked on smallpox eradication efforts in West Africa. When former CDC Director Dr. William Foege heard about the reunion, he suggested collecting oral histories from these smallpox pioneers. That idea led to the initial collection of 29 oral histories, numerous photographs and other historical objects and documents. The creation of The Global Health Chronicles website was spearheaded by another former CDC director, Dr. David J. Sencer. It was Dr. Sencer’s vision to create a website using all the oral histories and items collected. These items could then be shared in an open access environment on the web. His idea was to create distinct chronicles, each one dedicated to collecting and preserving a global public health story. Each chronicle functions as an online archive, allowing access to previously unknown materials. Although Dr. Sencer died in 2011, his legacy lives on, as the website continues to grow and expand.