Susan H. Wilkes Collection
Collection of artwork, photography, and related materials of medical illustrator and head of the first medical illustration department at Vanderbilt, Susan Heiskell Wilkes
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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.
2.90 Cubic Feet (1 Paige box 2 oversize flat storage boxes. (1-15"x19"x2", 1-31"x24"x3"))
Language of Materials
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.
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.
All materials are in good condition.
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