The Bullock-Pettit Photographic Collection,

Descriptive Summary

Title
The Bullock-Pettit Photographic Collection,
Creator
Bullock, Dr. Waller Overton, 1875-1953
Extent
.5 cu. ft. (2 box): 100 images
Subjects
Bodley-Bullock House (Lexington, Ky.)
Bullock, Waller O. (Waller Overton), 1875-1953
Bullock, Minnie Pettit, 1877-1970
Ephraim McDowell House (Danville, Ky.)
Hindman Settlement School (Hindman, Ky.)
Historic buildings--Kentucky--Conservation and restoration
Pettit, Katherine Rebecca, 1869-1936
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.)
Transylvania University (Lexington, Ky.)
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff, Nancy Meng, and Lindy Melvin; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig and Lindy Melvin
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Bullock-Pettit Photographic Collection consists of personal photos from Dr. Waller O. Bullock and his wife Minnie Pettit Bullock and a few photographs from Mrs. Bullock's sister, Katherine Rebecca Pettit.
Dr. Waller Overton Bullock was born in Frankfort, Kentucky on November 28, 1875. He attended Transylvania University and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1896. After graduation he served as assistant demonstrator of anatomy for tow terms at the University of Virginia and interned in the Polyclinic Hospital in Philadelphia. He located in Lexington in 1899, where he practiced until 1946. During World War I he served as a major in the Army medical corps known as the Barrow Unit and later helped found the Lexington Clinic with Dr. David Barrow and his son Dr. Woolfolk Barrow. Dr. Bullock's hobbies included fishing and sculpting. Many of his sculptures remain in the Bodley-Bullock House, and his photo collection is in Transylvania University's library.
Minnie Barbee Pettit was born in 1877 and grew up on a farm outside Lexington (the farmhouse location is now 1516 Lakewood Drive). She was the daughter of Benjamin F. and Clara Barbee Pettit. While traveling in the Kentucky Mountains with her sister Kate she broke her leg; Dr. Waller O. Bullock, who she later married in 1907, set the leg. Mrs. Bullock established the Garden Club of Lexington. Mrs. Bullock was also involved with the renovation of the Ephraim McDowell House located in Danville, Kentucky through her work with the Woman's Auxiliary of the Kentucky Medical Association.
Katherine Rebecca Pettit, born in 1896 was Minnie Pettit Bullock's sister. When she visited the Bullock's, she lived in the garden apartment where she died of cancer in 1936. She played a significant role in brining education to Appalachia. Along with May Stone of Louisville, Kate Pettit established the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County under the auspices of the State Federation of Women's Clubs an the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Harlan County. Among many of her interests were collecting quilts (many are displayed in the Bodley-Bullock House), and the folk tales and ballads of the region. Her diaries tell much about Appalachia at the beginning of the 20th century.
Bodley-Bullock House Historical note: This collection contains several pictures of the historical significant Bodley-Bullock House. A home rich in history with many owners and major architectural changes, the Bodley-Bullock House exemplifies the grandeur of Lexington's Gratz Park. This Kentucky Federal Style house was built c. 1814 for Mayor Thomas Pindell who sold it shortly thereafter to General Thomas Bodley, a prominent Lexingtonian and war hero in the War of 1812. The house had seven owners from 1814 to 1970.
From 1837 to 1865, the Vertner family noted for their elegant social gatherings owned the house. The Vertners adored children and the house swarmed with them, racing up three flights of stairs for the thrill of sliding down the railing of that magnificent swirl of steps. The Vertner's daughter, Rosa Vertner Jeffrey was a poet and the author of Woodburn (1864), a poem about social life in the south. During the Civil War, the house served as Union headquarters under Generals Burbridge and Gilmore. The house also served for a brief time as Confederate headquarters under General Kirby Smith.
After the Civil War, the house was deeded to William A. Dudley. Dudley lived here with his father, Dr. Benjamin W. Dudley, until their death in 1870. Dr. Dudley was an eminent surgeon in the Lexington area. He headed two departments of Transylvania's famed, but now defunct Medical School. Dudley family heirs sold the house to Dr. Waller Bullock and his wife, Minnie in 1912. Both of the Bullocks were avid naturalists and bird watchers. Dr. Bullock was an accomplished sculptor, as well as a founder of The Lexington Clinic. Minnie was founder of the Garden Club of Lexington. The Bodley-Bullock House was willed to Transylvania University and is now leased to the Junior League of Lexington. As a contribution to Lexington's historic preservation, the Junior League renovated the Bodley-Bullock House in 1984. The Junior League of Lexington is committed to preservation through the renovation and ongoing maintenance of the Bodley-Bullock House.
The information for the historical note was derived from: Junior League of Lexington "Bodley-Bullock House" http://www.lexjrleague.com/housedex.htm. Oct.1, 2002.
Ephraim McDowell House Historical Note: This collection contains several pictures of prior to and after renovations made by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Also included are photographs of the house in it completion in the 1950s. Ephraim McDowell made medical history on Christmas morning 1809. From the early frontier town of Danville, he became world-renowned as the "Father of Abdominal Surgery." Without the benefit of anesthetic and antisepsis, he performed the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor. Jane Todd Crawford, a pioneer woman, was his patient. Today, the accurately restored McDowell house, apothecary shop, and gardens stand on their original site. The house and shop contain furnishings of the period, some of which are family connected. A guided tour of the house and grounds will inform visitors of Dr. McDowell's accomplishments and remind them of another era when America was new.
The information for the historical note was dervied from: Danville-Boyle County Community Development Council "McDowell House and Apothecary" http://www.danville-ky.com/BoyleCounty/mcdowell.htm. Oct. 1, 2002.
Scope and Content
The Bullock-Pettit Photographic Collection was originally separated from the manuscript collection, the Bullock-Pettit Family Papers (87M26.) The photographic collection is arranged by series by person than into subject folders. The photographic processes included some modern process; several sliver print photographs, two photographic cutting plates, eight negatives, and 35 glass lantern slides. Dr. Bullock used the glass lantern slides in his lectures as a professor. Most photographs in the Minnie Pettit Bullock's series shows various stages of renovation by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) at the Ephraim McDowell House. Mrs. Bullock was supplied with "before and after" photographs of the renovation taken by the WPA and images of the furnished Ephraim McDowell House in the 1950s by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Contents of the Collection

Dr. Waller O. Bullock- Portraits, trips, and houses

This series contains eight photographs, two photographic cutting plates, and 35 glass lantern slides. The lantern slides were used in Dr. Bullock's medical lectures.

Off set print portrait of Dr. Waller O. Bullock. 5x7 offset print on a 9x12 paper. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of Dr. and Mrs. Waller O. Bullock in 1948. 3X3 Sliver Print. , 1948

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Wyak Bay on Kodiak Island, a 100 mile long island located in the Gulf of Alaska. A description of the photograph is on the back. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Man with bear skins (on Kodiak Island.) The photograph contains a description on the back. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Bullock house, 200 Market Street, Lexington, Kentucky. Photo taken after 1936 when the garden wall was constructed. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Bullock house 200 Market Street Lexington, Kentucky. A garden scene. 9X12. , [n.d.]

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Gratz Park, Lexington Kentucky, fountain scene in winter. Sliver Print 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Bullock House Cutting Plates

Newspaper photographic cutting plate of the exterior of the bullock house at 200 Market Street, Lexington, Kentucky. Cutting Plate 4x6. , [n.d.]

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Newspaper photographic cutting plate of the Bullock's garden fountain scene. The fountain sculpture was made by Dr. Bullock and was modeled after Rosa Tucker, the daughter of their neighbor, Harry Tucker. Cutting Plate 3x4. , [n.d.]

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Minnie Pettit Bullock

Most photographs in the Minnie Pettit Bullock's series shows various stages of renovation by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) at the Ephraim McDowell House. Mrs. Bullock was supplied with "before and after" photographs of the renovation taken by the WPA and images of the furnished Ephraim McDowell House in the 1950s by the Lexington Herald-Leader. There are four other images of childern, a portrait of a young Minnie Pettit Bullock, an image of a portait, and of the Bodley-Bullock House.

Unidentified group of children. Sliver Print. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of Minnie Barbee Pettit, photograph by Mullen of Lexington, Kentucky. Sliver Print. , [n.d.]

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Photograph of a portrait of Doctor Raymond McLean, President of Transylvania College, Lexington Kentucky from 1940-1951. Sliver Print. , [n.d.]

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Exterior view of Bullock house at 200 Market Street, Lexington, Kentucky. Silver Print. , [n.d.]

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Ephraim McDowell- Exterior renovation-Folder A

The Ephraim McDowell House Danville, Kentucky renovation of the exterior door and plaque by the Works Progress Administration. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Rear exterior view of Ephraim McDowell House prior to the renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Exterior view of the backyard of the Ephraim McDowell House prior to renovation. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Exterior view of rear porch looking to front hall of the Ephraim McDowell House prior to renovation by WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Ephraim McDowell- Exterior renovation-Folder B

Exterior view of the facade of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Exterior view of the door and plaque of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Exterior view of the rear of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Exterior view of the backyard of the Ephraim McDowell after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Exterior view of the rear porch looking to the front hall of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Exterior view of the well in backyard of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Exterior view of the pergola in the backyard of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Ephraim McDowell- Exterior- Lexington Herald-Leader

Photograph by the Lexington Herald-Leader of the garden and rear of the Ephraim McDowell House. 8x10. , 8/15/52

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Photograph by the Lexington Herald-Leader of the well in the backyard of the Ephraim McDowell House. 8x10. , 8/28/52

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Photograph by the Lexington Herald-Leader of the well in the backyard of the Ephraim McDowell House. 8x10. , 9/23/52

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Ephraim McDowell- Interior Renovation- Folder A

Interior view of the door to the living room of the Ephraim McDowell House prior to renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the parlor of the Ephraim McDowell House prior to renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the dining room fireplace of the Ephraim McDowell House prior to renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the kitchen fireplace of the Ephraim McDowell House prior to renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the kitchen entrance fireplace of the Ephraim McDowell House prior to renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the front stairs and doors to rear porch of the Ephraim McDowell House prior to renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the bedroom above the parlor of the Ephraim McDowell House prior to renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the bedroom above living room of the Ephraim McDowell House prior to renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the bedroom above the dining room of the Ephraim McDowell House prior to renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Ephraim McDowell- Interior Renovation- Folder B

Interior view of the door to the living room of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the door to the living room of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the parlor of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the dining room fireplace of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the library of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the bedroom above the parlor of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the bedroom above the living room of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Interior view of the bedroom above the dinging room of the Ephraim McDowell House after renovation by the WPA. Photos by the WPA with handwritten description on back of photo. 8x10. , [n.d.]

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Ephraim McDowell- Interior - Lexington Herald-Leader

Photograph by the Lexington Herald-Leader a interior view of unidentified female in a bedroom in the Ephraim McDowell House. A note in Mrs. Bullock's handwriting on back of photo: "Jane Todd Crawford was operated upon in this room. 8x10. , 8/15/52

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Photograph by the Lexington Herald-Leader an interior view of Mrs. Bullock in a bedroom above the living room in the Ephraim McDowell House. Reprinted March 10, 1954. 8x10. , 8/15/52

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Variant print of photograph by the Lexington Herald-Leader an interior view of Mrs. Bullock in a bedroom above the living room in the Ephraim McDowell House. Reprinted March 10, 1954. 8x10 variant print. , 8/15/52

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Photograph by the Lexington Herald-Leader an interior view of the kitchen in the Ephraim McDowell House and an unidentified female. A magazine clipping shows comparison to Amstel House, New Castle, Delaware. Reprints Sept 4 & 12 1952. 8x10. , 8/15/52

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A variant print photograph by the Lexington Herald-Leader an interior view of the kitchen in the Ephraim McDowell House and an unidentified female. Reprints Sept 4 & 12 1952. 8x10 variant print. , 8/15/52

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A variant print photograph by the Lexington Herald-Leader an interior view of the kitchen in the Ephraim McDowell House and an unidentified female. Reprints Sept 4 & 12 1952. 8x10 variant print. , 8/15/52

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Photograph by the Lexington Herald-Leader an interior view at the Ephraim McDowell House. An unidentified female is stand next to a writing desk. 8x10. , 8/30/52

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Photograph by the Lexington Herald-Leader an interior view an unidentified female looking at goblets in the library at the Ephraim McDowell House. 8x10. , 3/10/54

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Photograph by the Lexington Herald-Leader an interior view the library at the Ephraim McDowell House. 8x10. , 1954

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Katherine Rebecca Pettit

This series contains three photographs: 1.) a log cabin 2.) two unidentified and 3.) a group of unidentifed people. There are also eight negatives that display various quilts that Katerine Pettit had collected.

Log Cabin with clapboard addition surrounded by woods. On backside of photograph handwritten "Katherine Pettit, Pine Mountain, Kentucky. For [illegible] porch on Big Laurel. Sliver Print 6x10. , [n.d.]

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Two unidentified women, one is on a horseback. Both are standing in a creek near waterfall. The horse is laden with supplies. Bromide. , [n.d.]

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Unidentified people in a creek below a water fall. Silver Print. , [n.d.]

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Katherine Rebecca Pettit's Quilts

Katherine Rebecca Pettit displays three different quilting techniques. [Picture not available] , [n.d.]

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Katherine Rebecca Pettit displays three different quilting techniques. [Picture not available] , [n.d.]

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Katherine Rebecca Pettit displays two different quilting techniques. [Picture not available] , [n.d.]

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Katherine Rebecca Pettit displays three different quilting techniques. [Picture not available] , [n.d.]

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Katherine Rebecca Pettit displays three different quilting techniques. [Picture not available] , [n.d.]

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Katherine Rebecca Pettit displays three different quilting techniques. [Picture not available] , [n.d.]

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Katherine Rebecca Pettit displays three different quilting techniques. [Picture not available] , [n.d.]

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Katherine Rebecca Pettit displays three different quilting techniques. [Picture not available] , [n.d.]

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W. W. Still Camera and Film Shop envelope held the eight safety negatives of Katherine Rebecca Pettit's quilts. The envelop was address to Mrs. W. O. Bullock. [Picture not available] , [n.d.]

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Lantern Slides

Exterior frontal view of two story building. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of "Doctor. Charles Wilkins Short" (1794-1863), the chairman of Materia Medica and Medical Botany in the medical department at Transylvania University. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of "Doctor. John Esten Cooke From a Photograph. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of an unidentified man. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of an unidentified man. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of an unidentified man. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of "Doctor Samuel Brown From Jonett's Portrait at Frankfort. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of an unidentified man. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of an unidentified man holding a book. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of "Doctor. Lunsford P. Vandell Senior. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of "Nathan Ryno Smity, 1797-1877. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of "Doctor James Overton from a Portrait made in Philadelphia before 1815. , [n.d.]

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Picture of a bust of Doctor "Johan Eberle M.D. Mat. Med. of Arl Obstr. Professor. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of "Charles Caldwell, M.D." A Founder of the Medical Department at Transylvania University , [n.d.]

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Portrait of Dr. "Daniel Drake, M.D. , [n.d.]

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Exterior view of a log cabin. "Transylvania in 1785 The Pioneer college of the Western Wilderness , [n.d.]

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A picture of the 1856 catalogue of the medical students at Transylvania University. , [n.d.]

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A picture of the 1826 catalogue of the office of the medical department at Transylvania University. , [n.d.]

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Portrait of "Doctor Henry Martyn Skillman , [n.d.]

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Suturing techniques labeled "fig.1.a. , [n.d.]

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Suturing techniques labeled "fig.1.b. , [n.d.]

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Suturing techniques labeled "fig.1.c. , [n.d.]

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Suturing techniques labeled "fig.2.a. , [n.d.]

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Suturing techniques labeled "fig.2.b. , [n.d.]

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Suturing techniques labeled "fig.3.a. , [n.d.]

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Suturing techniques labeled "fig.3.b. , [n.d.]

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Suturing techniques labeled "fig.4. , [n.d.]

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"35207 Way Breast" (skin/cell tissue?) , [n.d.]

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"81051 Parker Breast" (skin/cell tissue?) , [n.d.]

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"80999 Parker, Axilla" (skin/cell tissue?) , [n.d.]

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Unidentified woman with enlarged breasts. , [n.d.]

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Transparent film between glass slides with statistical charts regarding breast cancer. (Slide 1) , [n.d.]

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Transparent film between glass slides with statistical charts regarding breast cancer. (Slide 2) , [n.d.]

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Transparent film between glass slides with statistical charts regarding breast cancer. (Slide 3) , [n.d.]

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Transparent film between glass slides with statistical charts regarding breast cancer. (Slide 4) , [n.d.]

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