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In addition, please contact him if you have material (illustrations, maps, and interpretive studies) you would like considered for inclusion on this site.


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The following designers collaborated on the production of this site:

Alicia Sheill (project manager)
Andres Galarza (prototype)
Caitlin Lash (prototype, XHTML/CSS coding, and content)
Mark Root-Wiley (XHTML/CSS coding, content)
Andrew Saulter (XHTML/CSS coding)
Jana Fields (XHTML/CSS coding)
Steen Wichmann (prototype and additional edits to final design)
Meghan McNeil (programming)
Scott Pennington (digitization manager)
James Semivan (digitization)
Andy Johnson (digitization)
Krissi Xenakis (main design)

Christian Vinten-Johansen from Pennsylvania State University also consulted on metadata.

A preliminary version of this Web site, hosted by the Department of Epidemiology at Michigan State University, became operational in 2003. Howard Brody wrote the content for the navigation pages, Mark Watrich designed the site, and Peter Vinten-Johansen and Karl Meisel produced the data content.

The John Snow Archive and Research Companion now uses KORA, an Open Source, database driven, online digital repository that allows our researchers to ingest, manage, and deliver digital texts and their corresponding metadata. All the texts within Snow's Works, Snow's Contemporaries, Interpretive Studies, and the Bibliography section are displayed from KORA and searchable through the online Document Search.

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Westgate Road
Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, published 1830 (Local Studies Section, Newcastle Libraries and Information Service).
Looking for Smells Cartoon
London Board of Health scouring the city for sources of cholera during the 1832 epidemic (Wellcome Library, London).
City Image
Newcastle, with bridge from Gateshead over the River Tyne, 1827 (Local Studies Section, Newcastle Libraries and Information Service).
Middlesex Hospital Ward
Ward at the Middlesex Hospital, London, early 19th century.
Cholera Map
Map depicting the spread of cholera from the Indian sub-continent, reaching western Europe in 1831-32.
Punch Cartoon
“A Court for King Cholera” (Punch, 1852).
Middlesex Cartoon
Middlesex Hospital, London, early 19th century.
Middlesex Hospital
16-21 Broad Street, 1854; currently 48-58 Broadwick Street (Francis Sheppard, Survey of London, vol. 31, 2: 216).
Cruickshank Cartoon
George Cruickshank's depiction of the portion of the River Thames from which the Southwark Water Works drew its supply, circa 1830.