James G. Mundie's Cabinet of Curiosities






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Thanks and Acknowledgements

In the course of pursuing this project, I have received assistance from many institutions and individuals. The project could not proceed without their assistance, so I wish to formally acknowledge the debt of gratitude I owe to the following:

  • Dr. Ronald L.A.W. Bleys, Department of Anatomy, Division of Surgical Specialties, University Medical Centre Utrecht

  • The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), whose Alumni Travel Grant enabled me to visit the European collections

  • Simon Chaplin, former senior curator of the Hunterian Museum, now head of the Wellcome Library

  • Tim Clarke, Jr., Public Affairs Officer, National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

  • Firecracker Films, for including several of my photographs depicting sirenomelia in their film The Mermaid Girl (released in the UK as The Little Mermaid)

  • Peter Heller, for his gracious assistance and introducting me to the beautiful Museum Bleulandinum

  • The Hunterian Museum at The Royal College of Surgeons of England, London

  • Dr. Patrice Josset and the staff of Musée Dupuytren, Université Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris

  • John Le Grand, keeper of the Anatomisch Museum, Groningen, who very generously revealed to me the outstanding and extensive holdings of the Museumdepot, and brought out several specimens which he thought — quite correctly — would interest me

  • Mineshaft Magazine

  • Willem Mulder, who offered sage advice, introductions, and kindly spent an afternoon acting as my personal tourguide to the wonderful anatomical collections of Utrecht

  • Kate Kern Mundie, for her unwavering daily devotion and support — and especially for enduring broken elevators in Paris and perilous staircases in Amsterdam despite being 8-months pregnant

  • Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paléontologie et Anatomie Comparée, Paris

  • Musée d’Histoire de la Médecine, Université René Descartes, Paris

  • Museum Bleulandinum, Anatomisch Museum, Functionele Anatomie, Universiteit Utrecht

  • Museum Vrolik, Universiteit van Amsterdam

  • The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

  • The National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC

  • Nicola Black Design, LLC, for the beautiful Cabinet of Curiosities logos for this website

  • Dr. Roelof-Jan Oostra, curator of Museum Vrolik, for allowing me to work with that fantastic collection

  • The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, whose 2008 Individual Creative Artists Fellowship provided the financial support that allowed me to continue this work

  • Rosamond Purcell, for her encouragement, advice, good humor,and introduction to Willem

  • Dr. Reina de Raat, who kindly let me peer into the storage vaults of the Universiteitsmuseum in Utrecht

  • Tom Simonite and New Scientist online

  • Gretchen Worden (1947-2004), who opened wide the gates of the Mütter Museum to me in the mid-1990s, and quickly became a friend and avid supporter of my work

  • Brandon Zimmerman, who enabled me to return to The Mütter Museum with my cameras for the first time in ten years


All Images and Text © James G. Mundie 2009 - 2014