Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00201 2B Annex - E. Hopper Ross Collection

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00201 2B Annex


E. Hopper Ross Collection


  • 1936-1938 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

Extent and medium

3 boxes (131 drawings)

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Biographical history

Eila Hopper Ross (nee Hopper) was a medical illustrator. Though she had early aspirations herself of going into medicine, she was not aware of medical illustration as a profession. She studied for two years in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, under the direction of Professor Max Brodel.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of E. Hopper Ross, 1983, 1987.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of anatomical drawings by Ross. The majority of the drawings represent a complete dissection of the human neck and torso, including all major organs. Their value lies in their artistic merit, and in the unique record they provide of the teaching methods of Max Brodel, one of the pioneers of medical illustration.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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