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Mary Maciel Collection

Identifier: WC-38

Scope and Content

Series 1: Art Supplies and Tools contains a sampling of Maciel's pens, pastel crayons, pencils, etc. Series II: Sketches and Photos is probably the most valubale series in the collection due to the large concentration of Maciel art work and illustrations. Series III: Art Instruction Books is a collection of books owned and used by Maciel ranging from very basic drawing excercises to advanced and specialized drawing. Series IV: General Anatomy Text Book are again the belongings of Mary Maciel and are simply anatomy textbooks (the kind used by medical students) spanning the beginning of the twentieth through mid-twentieth century. In Series V: Personal/Miscellaneous the researcher will find correspondence, news clippings, personal affects, and other drawings.


  • 1929-1985


Language of Materials

The records are in English

Biography of Mary Maciel

Mary Maciel was a medical illustrator who trained at Johns Hopkins University Department of Art as Applied to Medicine. While there, she studied under Max Brodel who is commonly thought of as the father of modern medical illustration. Maciel spent most of her professional/academic career at the University of Cincinnati. She was instrumental in developing the Medical Illustration Department at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and led the department as its chair for many years.


19 boxes


This collection contains the professional tools and papers of medical illustrator, Mary Maciel.

Statement of Arrangement

Series I: Art Supplies and Tools Series II: Sketches and Photos Subseries IIA: Board sketches Subseries IIB: Loose leaf sketches Series III: Art Instruction Books Series IV: Medical Textbooks Subseries IVA: Specified Anatomy Textbooks Subseries IVB: General Anatomy Textbooks Series V: Personal/Miscellaneous

Separated Material

The following books have been removed from the collection due to storage space concerns. They are duplicated in other University of Cincinnati collections.

1. Bridgman, George B. Constructive Anatomy. Bridgeman Publishers, 1920.

2. Flynn, J. Edward, MD. Hand Surgery. The Williams and Wilkins Company, 1966.

3. Frohse, Franz. Atlas of Human Anatomy. Barnes and Noble, Inc., 1953.

4. Lyle, Donald J., and Charles C. Thomas. Neuro-Ophthalmology. 1947.

5. Peck, Stephen Rogers. Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist. Oxford University Press, 1967.

6. Perard, Victor. Anatomy and Drawing. Kingsport Press, Inc., 1944.

7. Spalteholz, Werner. Hand-Atlas of Human Anatomy Vol. II. J. B. Lippincott Company, undated.

8. Spalteholz, Werner. Hand-Atlas of Human Anatomy Vol. III. J. B. Lippincott Company, undated.

Guide to the Mary Maciel Archival Collection
Edited Full Draft
Finding aid prepared by Laura Laugle
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • March-April 2019: Collection was reinventoried and rehoused and finding aid revised according to DACS standards by Gillian Bryant and Cassidy Lakes

Repository Details

Part of the University of Cincinnati, Health Sciences Library, Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions Repository

Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati Ohio 45267-0574