Columbia Cholera Epidemic Records, 1854-1924

Call number:  MG-193

1 box     14 folders     .25 cubic ft.

Repository:  LancasterHistory (Organization); PV7

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 5

Scope and Content Note: In September 1854, a devastating cholera epidemic struck Columbia. This collection contains correspondence with and records of actions taken by Sanitary Committee, including minutes, accounts, donations, and bills.

Creator:  LancasterHistory (Organization)

Conditions for Access:  No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition:  Folders 1-13 were a gift of Francis X. Reuss, 1908.

Custodial History (Provenance):  Formerly titled Marietta Cholera Epidemic Records.

Related Materials:  Transcript of the F. X. Ziegler diary, 1854-1867. (923.7 Z66)

Accruals:  No further accruals are expected.

Preferred Citation:  Columbia Cholera Epidemic Records (MG-193), Folder #, LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pa.

Subject Headings:

Cholera (LHo-LOC sh 85024645)

Epidemics (LHo-LOC sh 85044370)

Business records (LHo-LOC sh 85018316)

Search Terms:

Business records



Financial records



Manuscript groups

Finding aids

Processing History:  Processed and finding aid prepared AH. This collection has been documented, preserved and managed according to professional museum and archives standards. The collection was cataloged using DACS conventions.


Folder 1 Photocopies of epidemic history (1883-1924 references)


Folder 2 Sanitary Committee records

Insert 1 Sanitary Committee minutes, 1854-55.

Insert 2 List of sick unable to pay, undated.

Insert 3-4 Correspondence, 1854.

Insert 5 Business records (other than bills and donations), 1854.

Insert 6 Invoice for memorial canes, undated.


Folder 3 Sanitary Committee financial records

Insert 1 Borough of Columbia Pass Book, 1854.

Insert 2 Letters. S. Bogle to account book, 1905.

Insert 3 Accounting statements, 1854-56.

Insert 4 Checks


Folders 4-6 Donations. Goods and monetary donations came from companies, individuals, cities and towns, near and far to assist the suffering community. Records follow in chronological order.

Folder 4 Donations

Insert 1 Donations 14-16 September 1854.

Insert 2 Donations 18 September 1854.

Insert 3 Donations October 1854.


Folder 5 Donations with envelopes

Insert 1 Donation with envelope 14 September 1854.

Insert 2 Donation with envelope 15 September 1854.

Insert 3 Donation with envelope 18 September 1854.

Insert 4 Donation with envelope 20 September 1854.

Insert 5 F Donation with envelope 14-26 September 1854.


Folder 6 Donations

Insert 1 Donations, undated.

Insert 2 Donations, undated with envelopes.


Folders 7-11 Receipted bills. These bills, in approximate chronological order, represent the wide variety of goods and services (lime, ice, coal, medicines, coffins, grave-digging, groceries, etc.) paid by the Sanitary Committee.

Folder 7 Receipted bills 8 September-11 October 1854

Insert 1 Receipted bills, 8-15 September 1854.

Insert 2 Receipted bills, 12 September-10 October, 1854.

Insert 3 Receipted bills, 26 September-11 October, 1854.


Folder 8 Receipted bills, 1 October-30 December 1854

Insert 1 Receipted bills, October 1854.

Insert 2 Receipted bills, November 1854.

Insert 3 Receipted bills, December 1854.


Folder 9 Receipted bills 1855

Insert 1 Receipted bills, January-February 1855.

Insert 2 Receipted bills, March 1855.

Insert 3 Receipted bills, April-December 1855.


Folder 10 Receipted bills 1856.

Folder 11 Receipted bills 1857.


Folder 12 Undated, unresolved, rejected bills

Insert 1 Undated receipted bills.

Insert 2 Unresolved bills September 1854-January 1855.

Insert 3 Unresolved bills with envelopes.


Folder 13  Account book of the Sanitary Committee of Columbia. George Bogle, treasurer. Shows payments for goods and services beginning with and following the cholera epidemic of September 1854.

Folder 14 Columbia Spy Extra, 19 September 1854. Headline “The Cholera in Columbia, The Epidemic is Over”. This handbill also lists the names of those who died during the epidemic. Transferred from Document Collection Box 8, Folder 12 on 14 January 2014.