The 1918 Influenza Epidemic at KU

The current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID 19) has caused the University of Kansas to modify its operations by severely limiting who is on campus, and moving all course instruction online. This is not the first time that University leaders had to make difficult decisions in the interest of public health. In the fall of 1918, the University administration declared a quarantine for all students and cancelled all activities, including all instruction, as a flu epidemic swept through the city.

This is an online and expanded version of a physical exhibit that was on display in Kenneth Spencer Research Library in the fall of 2018, the 100th anniversary of the 1918 flu epidemic. The exhibit was created by Kathy Lafferty, Public Services, Kenneth Spencer Research Library.