Wendell Triller papers, 1937-1949 Rauner Manuscript MS-779

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Wendell Triller papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-779

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

4.25 linear ft., 3 boxes


Wendell Triller (1912-1993). The collection contains papers relating to Triller's work with the Dartmouth Eye Institute, his career in physiological optics, work as an optician, and research on aniseikonia.

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Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Wendell Triller contain carbon copies of administrative memoranda, clinical forms, draft of papers, correspondence, eye patient records, awards, photographs and professional certifications. The material documents some of the work Triller performed as a member of the staff of the Dartmouth Eye Institute, as well as his work in physiological optics, his work as an optician, and his research on aniseikonia. Of note is the paper "Background and Clinical Aspects of Aniseikonia." A reel-to-reel film entitled "Aniseikonia," co-directed by Triller is also included.


Wendell Triller was born on June 2, 1912. He received a BA from Williams College in 1933 and a BS from Columbia University School of Optometry in 1936. After graduation he joined his father's optometry practice in Poughkeepsie. In 1940, Triller was appointed to the clinical staff of the Dartmouth Eye Institute (DEI) at the Dartmouth Medical School. As a member of the DEI clinical staff, he was responsible for detecting, measuring and correcting eye defects in patients seen at the clinic. Some of his other responsibilities included assistant head of a newly established aniseikonia department in 1942 and participation in research conducted for the United States Office of Scientific Research and Development. In 1947, shortly after closing of the DEI, Triller joined Ranald C. Hill in his newly opened optician's office in Hanover. NH. In 1949, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Optometry from Philadelphia Optical College. Triller died in 1993.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1937-1948

Box: 1

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Dartmouth Eye Institute: Administrative memoranda, 1941-1942
  • Folder: 2, Dartmouth Eye Institute: Administrative memoranda, circa 1943
  • Folder: 3, American Academy of Optometry membership letters, 1942-05-1943-04
  • Folder: 4, "Aniseikonia - A Clinical Report Covering a Ten Year Period," by Robert Bannon and Wendell Triller, annotated drafts, 1943-03-1944-04
  • Folder: 5, Dartmouth Eye Institute: Aniseikonic case lists, undated
  • Folder: 6, Dartmouth Eye Institute: Aniseikonic clinical projects, circa 1942
  • Folder: 7, Dartmouth Eye Institute: Aniseikonic patient referrals correspondence, 1942
  • Folder: 8, Dartmouth Eye Institute: Notebook with class notes, patient observations and drafts of "Background and Clinical Aspects of Aniseikonia" , circa 1941
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence: Wendell Triller and Bernard Meyer, editor of "The Columbia Optometrist", 1943-03-16-1943-03-20
  • Folder: 10, Dartmouth College Department of Physiological Optics course description and memos, circa 1943
  • Folder: 11, Dartmouth Eye Institute: Clinical forms, circa 1942
  • Folder: 12, Dartmouth Eye Institute: Staff education assignments, 1942
  • Folder: 13, Eye patient histories and notes, circa 1934
  • Folder: 14, Dartmouth Eye Institute: Eye patient opthalmic measurements and readings, undated
  • Folder: 15, Hudson Valley Optometric Society Conference: Summary of paper read by Wendell Triller "Background and Clinical Aspects of Aniseikonia", 1941-04-14-1941-04-17
  • Folder: 16, Keystone View Company safety test forms and informational reprints, circa 1937
  • Folder: 17, Miscellaneous items, circa 1940
  • Folder: 18, National Roster of Scientific and Specialized Personnel registration questionnaires, 1942
  • Folder: 19, Clippings, 1947-1948
  • Folder: 20, Dartmouth Eye Institute: Personnel time line, 1938
  • Folder: 21, Photographs: Dartmouth Eye Institute: Helen Heartz farewell party; Dr. Walter Lancaster; DEI staff, undated
  • Folder: 22, Dartmouth Eye Institute: Professional certification for completion of course in measuring and correction of Aniseikonia, 1940
  • Folder: 23, Professional certification from State of New York Education Department (1937-1972), 1937
  • Folder: 24, Professional certification from State of New Hampshire (1943-1988), 1943
  • Folder: 25, United States Office of Scientific Research and Development certificate of appreciation awarded to Wendell Triller, 1945
  • Folder: 26, Visula convergence exercises - information from office of Randal C. Hill Opticians, undated

Box: 2, undated

"Aniseikonia" Movie developed by the Dartmouth Eye Institute by Robert Bannon, co-directed by Wendell Triller and narrated by Robert Straub, reel-to-reel

Box: 3, 1944-1949

Box: 3

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, State of New Hampshire Board of Examiners in Optometry Certificate of Qualification and license to practise optometry granted to Wendell Triller, 1944
  • Folder: 2, The Philadelphia Optical College degree of Doctor of Optometry awarded to Wendell Triller, 1949

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