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Finding aid and scan (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 3717. Case file for L.R. Porter and Lizzie Porter v J. N. McCormack, John H. Blackburn, Henry James and Tom Potter (Warren County, Kentucky Circuit Court) relating to a restraining order secured by Luther R. Porter of Bowling Green to block the removal of his smallpox-infected daughter and the rest of the family to the local pest house. Includes affidavits of physicians, public health officials and locals familiar with the pest house. The restraining order was subsequently lifted by a Louisville judge. Also includes a 1902 Courier-Journal article about the case, and a footnoted version of a 2014 article published in Landmark Report.


Diseases | Health Law and Policy | United States History

Porter v McCormack 1902 part 1.pdf (1500 kB)
Porter v. McCormack Case File Part 1

Porter v McCormack 1902 part 2.pdf (2276 kB)
Porter v. McCormack Case File Part 2

Courier-Journal 24 Sept 1902.pdf (107 kB)
Courier-Journal 24 September 1902

article.pdf (255 kB)
The Porters and the Pest House



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