Susan H. Wilkes Collection

 Collection
Identifier: EBL-0118

Content Description

Collection of artwork, photography, and related materials of medical illustrator and head of the first medical illustration department at Vanderbilt, Susan Heiskell Wilkes

Dates

  • 1925-1956

Conditions Governing Access

All collections are subject to applicable Vanderbilt privacy and confidentiality policies. Collection specific restrictions: No Restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by History of Medicine Collections, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University.

Biographical / Historical

Susan Heiskell Wilkes was born in Nashville January 16, 1888 daughter of Annie Heiskell McCampbell and James Horace Wilkes. After graduating from Ward Seminary, she attended the Art Students League in New York and later studied medical illustration at Johns Hopkins University with famed medical illustrator Max Brodel. Following two years at Johns Hopkins, Miss Wilkes was hired in 1925 by Dr. G. Canby Robinson to head the first medical illustration department at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Remaining at Vanderbilt for over 30 years, she was also one of the founding members of the International Association of Medical Illustrators serving as a member of the board of directors. Susan Wilkes worked in many mediums, watercolor, oil, pencil, and pastels. She was also an excellent photographer. She died in Morgantown, West Virginia on December 16, 1969.

Extent

2.90 Cubic Feet (1 Paige box 2 oversize flat storage boxes. (1-15"x19"x2", 1-31"x24"x3"))

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Artwork, photography, and related materials created by medical illustrator and head of the first medical illustration department at Vanderbilt, Susan Heiskell Wilkes. The collection contains mostly gross and microscopic artwork, but there are also landsape and portrait works included.

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dr. James Ward donated tbe bulk of the colleciton described in the associated accession record, but additional materials were donated by and through the agency of Robert Vantrease, who worked with Susan Wilkes in the Medical Illustration department for several years.

Condition Description

All materials are in good condition.

Title
Susan H. Wilkes Collection
Status
Unprocessed
Author
History of Medicine Collections Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Contact:
Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


 

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