The idea for a distinct history of dentistry collection probably was born
in 1978 in the Dental School's History of Dentistry Committee, chaired by
faculty member Dr. J. Henry Clarke. A special History of Dentistry room
was created in one corner of the Dental Library, and books and an antique
dental chair were moved into this room during the 1978-1979 academic year.
There were approximately 550 books in this new collection, the only
collection of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Many of the books had
been donated by President Herbert Miller and faculty of the old North
Pacific College in Portland in the early twentieth century from their
personal collections that were rare and old at the time. Some are signed
by the famous Dr. G.V. Black. The earliest original books in the History
of Dentistry collection were published in the 1810s and 1820s, and there
are facsimile reprints of books published as early as the late 1600s.
In Fall 2003, the collection was moved, along with its oak wall bookcases,
to the Main Library in the BICC building on the third floor in the Library
Administration area. Access to the collection is by appointment only;
requests for appointments and questions about the collection should be
directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current holdings in the History of Dentistry Collection can be searched
online in the OHSU Library catalog.