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Chicago (Ill.). Board of Health



  • Existence: 1932



A board of health was first appointed in 1834, and followed by a succession of boards appointed each year, all apparently with little or no authority. In 1862 an acting health officer was appointed; this official reported to the Board of Police,Fire and Health Commissioners. On March 9, 1867 a Board of Health was formally created by act of the Legislature, with the duty of overseeing the health department. The board was abolished July 19, 1876, when its duties were transferred to the Commissioner of Health as chief of the Dept. of Health. Because of legal technicalities, the Dept. of Health was superseded in 1932 by a Board of Health.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Louis E. Schmidt papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ghsl-28

Two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings compiled by Louis E. Schmidt on the topics of public health efforts to combat venereal disease in 1930s Chicago and Schmidt's expulsion from the Chicago Medical Society in 1929. Also includes a notebook kept by Schmidt while studying urology in Berlin in 1896.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1896, 1929-1938