College of Dental Medicine records


Correspondence of deans and other dental school administrators; committee minutes; curriculum materials; newpapers sclippings; and memorabilia. While the records cover the entire history of the College of Dental Medicine (known as the School of Dentistry, 1916-1923, and the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, 1923-2006) up to 1976, they are particularly rich for the 1916-1933 period. The correspondence of the Administrative Board and of the Associate Deans provide a comprehensive picture of daily life at the College from its founding until the late 1940s. There is also material documenting the unsuccessful attempt in 1892 to found a dental school at Columbia, as well as correspondence and newspaper clippings relating to the successful 1916 effort. Other topics documented are admissions policy, curriculum, post-graduate education, and dental out-patient service at Presbyterian Hospital. There are also some records of the College of Dental and Oral Surgery of New York, largely from its final years.

Extensive correspondence can be found for such noted figures in the College's history as William B. Dunning; Henry S. Dunning; William J. Gies; and Leuman Waugh. Other correspondents include Henry W. Gillett, Alfred Owre, and Frank T. Van Woert.


Columbia University. College of Dental Medicine

Date [inclusive]: 

1892, 1915-1976.

Physical Description: 

7.33 cubic feet (23 boxes)



Minutes of the University Board of Trustees are closed for 50 years from date of creation. Other records containing personnel or student information may be restricted according to the Archives & Special Collections Access Policy.

Cite as: 

School of Dental and Oral Surgery Records, 1892, 1915-1976, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library.