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Center for the History & Ethics of Public Health
Dept. of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
722 West 168th Street
Suite 934
New York, NY 10032

(212) 305-1307 Tel
(212) 342-1986 Fax

This project was generously supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Welcome to The Living City

The Living City is a digital library initiative intended to capture the experience of life, health, and urban transformation during the decades between the end of the Civil War and the end of World War I. This is a work in progress and we welcome your comments and participation in this endeavor.

Amy L. Fairchild, Assistant Professor
David Rosner, Professor

There are three basic ways to navigate this site:

Search Engine: use the advanced search feature or quick search to search for data on topics such as sanitation, bacteriology, housing, hospitals, race and immigration, or other themes related to public health and the built environment.

Annotated Timeline: click on one of the decades above and view the key events related to one of several themes we are developing (currently we have developed the "Water and Waste" theme) to see major events and read an overview of national and local history for that time period. The timeline is also accessible through the "Themes" button on the main menu.

Exhibits: click on this button on the main menu to view a collection short essays accompanied by a slideshow.

For more information on the project, please visit our about page.