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New England Vampires

Posted by Library Blog on 01/13/2017 at 08:58 AM

Did you know that New England had its own vampire hysteria in the late 19th century? 

The panic came from the spread of tuberculosis, better known at the time as consumption. While today we know how tuberculosis is spread, New Englanders of the late 1800s could only speculate. One such theory that garnered attention was that a deceased relative was “consuming” the life of their surviving relatives. Newspapers of the time quickly tied these beliefs with vampire legends, making headlines across New England. 

Believe in VampiresOne of the most famous “vampires” from this hysteria resided right here in Rhode Island. Mercy Lena Brown passed away on January 17, 1892, at the age of 19, from tuberculosis. When her older brother subsequently became ill, the deceased Mercy was identified as the cause of her brother’s illness.

Local historical research, whether on law or vampire hysteria, can be made easier by browsing newspaper archives. The Law Library offers access to historic newspaper articles from the New York Times and the Boston Globe.

The Library also offers complimentary digital access to the New York Times to faculty and students! Sign up while on campus with the following steps and enjoy!

Go to: http://nytimes.com/grouppass
Create an account or renew your account
NOTE: You must renew the account annually, so be sure to add the expiration date to your calendar!
For more information on how to use these or other library resources, please stop by the Reference Desk or email us at lawlibraryhelp@rwu.edu.

NOTE: You must renew the account annually, so be sure to add the expiration date to your calendar!

For more information on how to use these or other library resources, please stop by the Reference Desk or email us at lawlibraryhelp@rwu.edu.