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Mildred Trotter Photographs, Certificates, and Artifacts
- circa 1901-1984 (Creation)
2.80 Linear Feet
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Mildred Trotter is regarded as one of the most eminent 20th century contributors to the field of physical anthropology, especially to knowledge about human bone and hair. A native of Pennsylvania, she received her bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She joined the Washington University School of Medicine Department of Anatomy in 1920 as a researcher and her subsequent work here was applied towards a Ph.D., which she received in 1924. Her full time teaching career began that same year, collaborating with Robert J. Terry in the gross anatomy curriculum. In this capacity, Trotter guided medical students for over fifty years in the exacting art of dissection.
Trotter's research efforts have led to findings that have proven useful not only to clinical medicine, but also to fields such as forensic science, physical anthropology, and archaeology. She contributed much of what is known today about human skeletal structure and density, and particularly the characteristics of long limb bones. Trotter was named to a full professorship in 1946, thus making her the first woman to achieve this rank at Washington University School of Medicine. She was a visiting fellow, lecturer, and professor at several universities in this country and abroad and a consultant to the U.S. Armed Forces. She became a professor emerita in 1967.
Scope and content
This collecion consists of 566 photographs, negatives, slides, certificates, and artifacts that document the professional life of Mildred Trotter. Depicted subjects include portraits of Trotter from childhood and throughout her career, portraits of colleagues, and former students, as well as group portraits of Trotter at various class reunions from Mount Holyoke College and Washington University School of Medicine. Other significant subjects in this collection include: various views of Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, where Trotter spent a term teaching at Makerere University College; photographs from Trotter's work with the U.S. Army Graves Registration Service at Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii; and trips to China, Taiwan, and Antarctica.
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Some items have been previously removed from this collection, which has led to an incomplete sequence of numbered items.
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The collection is open and accessible for research.
Conditions governing reproduction
Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.
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- Trotter, Mildred, 1899-1991 (Subject)
- United States. Army. American Graves Registration Service (Subject)
- Mount Holyoke College (Subject)
- Department of Anatomy, Washington University School of Medicine (Subject)
- Washington University School of Medicine (Subject)
- Mulago Hospital (Subject)
- Leakey, L. S. B. (Subject)
- Terry, Robert J. (Robert James), 1871-1966 (Subject)
- Dempsey, Edward W. (Edward Wheeler) (Subject)
- Cowdry, E. V. (Edmund Vincent) (Subject)