Fonds P161 - Shirley Goodall Fonds

Sketches on paper Gynecology and obstetrics illustrations Brain illustrations Various sketches on paper Placenta Craniotomy Ovarian mutations Cross section of infant Centrifugal growth of placenta, for American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Diagrams of placenta, for American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Shirley Goodall Fonds

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  • approximately 1932-1940 (Creation)
    Goodall, Shirley, 1913-1969

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12 cm of graphic material and textual records

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Rosalind Shirley Goodall was a medical illustrator in Montreal who produced many illustrations for McGill University physicians predominantly during the 1930s. She was born in Montreal on 23 December 1913. The daughter of the Dr. James Robert Goodall (1878-1947) clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at McGill from 1912-1944 and Beatrice D. Weir Goodall (died 1949), she was a pupil at The Study, a Montreal private girls school, from at least 1924-1930 (and possibly earlier). There, she was a student of Ethel Seath, a painter, art instructor at The Study for over 40 years, and member of the Beaver Hall Group of Women Painters, who exhibited in London, England, in 1925. After her graduation from The Study, Goodall went to Johns Hopkins to study medical illustration. Goodall married John Fitzwilliam Stairs (1913-1999) on 26 December 1939, at which point she retired from illustration. She died in May 1969 at the Homeopathic Hospital where her brother Graydon Goodall was surgeon.

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Donated by a family member.

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Fonds reflects Shirley Goodall's work as a medical illustrator on the service of various McGill physicians. The fonds consists chiefly of sketches in pencil on paper, medical illustrations mounted on board. Also includes reprints of journal articles where many of her illustrations were published.

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  • English

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File 5 contains patient information.

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Items can be requested for consultation online via the Library Catalogue or by email at Advance notice is recommended.

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  • Box: Box 1 (P161)