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Guide to the Dorothy Whitlock papers, 1948-1989 and undated

Abstract

Occupational therapist and medical illustrator active in Utah and North Carolina.

The Dorothy Whitlock Papers span the dates 1948-1989 and derive from Whitlock's work as an occupational therapist and medical illustrator. The collection contains visual materials which include image files and loose images of medical illustrations in a variety of media, including but not limited to watercolor, graphite pencil, brushed graphite paint, pen and ink drawings, photographs of etchings, and photographs. The images include but are not limited to portrayals of various medical procedures, conditions, techniques, and tools. The collection also contains papers related to Whitlock's time as an occupational therapist at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Oteen, North Carolina, and papers related to her interest in and work on tuberculosis. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Whitlock, Dorothy.
Title
Dorothy Whitlock papers 1948-1989 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet, Approx. 300 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Dorothy Whitlock Papers span the dates 1948-1989 and derive from Whitlock's work as an occupational therapist and medical illustrator. The collection contains visual materials which include image files and loose images of medical illustrations in a variety of media, including but not limited to watercolor, graphite pencil, brushed graphite paint, pen and ink drawings, photographs of etchings, and photographs. The images include but are not limited to portrayals of various medical procedures, conditions, techniques, and tools. The collection also contains notebooks created during Whitlock's time at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Oteen, North Carolina, where she practiced as an occupational therapist.

Additional items include professional materials, including professional files and loose professional materials containing undated in-service notes on tuberculosis, notes and papers from the National Tuberculosis Association's conferences in 1948, 1950, 1951, and 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah, planning materials for an occupational therapy convention in Glenwood Spring, Colorado in 1950, including correspondence and papers, and additional loose notes relating to Whitlock's work.

Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

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Contents of the Collection

The notebooks were created during Dorothy Whitlock's time at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Oteen, North Carolina, and contain Whitlock's manuscript notes on various topics in medicine taken in an unknown context, graphite sketches of medical procedures and practices, and notes on crafts such as weaving, beading, and leather work. Arranged alphabetically by title.

Notes on craft projects, Occupational Therapy Department, V.A. Hospital, Oteen, North Carolina
Box 1
Notes, V.A. Hospital, Oteen, North Carolina, 1950-1952
(2 folders)
Box 1
Sketchbook from V.A. Hospital, Oteen, North Carolina

About 75 pages with graphite sketches of medical procedures and handwritten notes.

Box 1

Contains professional files and loose professional materials including conference materials, in-service notes and lecture materials as well as some graphite sketches and correspondence.

Utah, 1948-1950

Handwritten, undated notes on tuberculosis as well as typescript lectures and other materials regarding the treatment of persons afflicted with tuberculosis.

Box 2
Glenwood Springs, Colorado, occupational therapy convention, 1950

Includes correspondence from Barbara Small to Dorothy Whitlock, handwritten notes regarding planning the convention, Dorothy Whitlock's travel arrangements, and printed notes on admission requirements from the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Box 2
In-service notes, circa 1950-1955

Taken in unknown context; notes relate to the treatment of tuberculosis.

Box 2
Service recognition programs at the V.A. Hospital in Oteen, North Carolina, 1959-1967

Typescript programs from various service recognition award ceremonies; Whitlock's name appears in recognition of her service to the V.A. hospital.

Box 2
Notes and sketches, undated

Contains handwritten notes from an unknown medical context and graphite sketches of various medical procedures.

Box 2
Educational materials, 1989 and undated

Geometry sketches, diagrams of male pelvis and examples of cancer to kidney. Latest date is emergency phone number public advertisement, clipped from phonebook.

Box 2

Contains drawings, paintings, sketches, and photograps of medical illustrations, many of which are signed by Dorothy Whitlock. These images include a variety of media, including brushed graphite paint, watercolor, graphite pencil, and photographic prints. Sizes range from 8x11" to larger panels.

Contains sketches, drawings, and paintings of medical procedures, medical disorders and conditions, and medical tools, accompanied in some cases by notes; all or almost all executed by Dorothy Whitlock.

Drawings of the heart and other images, undated

Contains 46 labeled photograph reproductions of images, possibly etchings, pasted onto individual pages. Includes a 1 page type-script manuscript in German showing a few of the images as they appear in an unidentified text.

Box 2
Hands and instruments, undated

Includes graphite sketches, watercolor paintings, pen and ink drawings. Images depict various surgical procedures, medical instruments, and unidentified conditions.

Box 2
Watercolors, sketches, and notes, undated

Contains 25 items, including graphite sketches, watercolors, and manuscript notes by an unidentified artist or artists.

Box 3

Contains medical illustrations created by Dorothy Whitlock in a variety of media, including but not limited to brushed graphite and watercolors. Materials are arranged chronologically, with undated materials appearing alphabetically by title at the end of the subseries.

Transplantation of the ureter to the dkin, Talmadge Hospital, Drs. Rinker and Mingledorf, 1963
(1 brushed graphite painting)
Box 3
Scapula, 1966
(1 brushed graphite painting)
Box 3
Unknown surgical procedure, 1966
(1 brushed graphite painting)
Box 3
Heart, 1967
(1 watercolor)
Box 4
Closure of colostomy, 1968
(1 brushed graphite painting)
Box 4
Foetus, 1969
(1 brushed graphite painting)

[Pigment flaking from support; handle with care.]

Box 4
Eye, undated
(1 watercolor)
Box 4
Kidney with tumor, undated
(1 brushed graphite painting)
Box 4
Skeleton, undated
(1 black and white photograph)
Box 4

Historical Note

Dorothy Whitlock (1894-1989) was the Director of Occupational Therapy at the State Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Ogden, Utah and later worked as an occupational therapist at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Oteen, North Carolina. Whitlock was also a talented medical illustrator and created many illustrations of medical procedures, conditions, tools, and other images relating to the practice of medicine.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dorothy Whitlock Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Dorothy Whitlock papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a transfer from the Medical Center Library in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Nathalie Baudrand, April 2012

Encoded by Nathalie Baudrand, April 2012

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.