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University of Pennsylvania Dental Medicine Library miscellaneous manuscripts


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The School of Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania was organized in 1878. In 1912, it reached an agreement with the trustees of the Thomas W. Evans Museum and Institute Society, to form a cooperative affiliation between the two institutions. The University of Pennsylvania would provide instruction, and the Institute would erect a new building. The new institution was named the Thomas W. Evans Museum and Dental Institute School of Dentistry University of Pennsylvania and in accordance with the will of Evans, would be "the largest and best-equipped plant in the world devoted exclusively to the teaching of dentistry." The site of the former Evans estate, located at 40th and Spruce Streets, was chosen and ground was broken on September 24, 1912. Plans for the new building included a library, located on the second floor. The core library collection contained dental materials transferred from the University's main library, a donation of the 3,000 volumes from the personal library of Dr. Edward C. Kirk, and 300-400 volumes of mainly bound periodicals donated by the Academy of Stomatology. The dental library was independent of the University's library system and received its budget from an appropriation from the Dental School, which had an endowment from the Thomas W. Evans estate. The library became part of the University of Pennsylvania Library system around 1955.

For a more complete history of the dental library and dental school, please consult the following University Archives finding aids:

School of Dental Medicine. Dental School Library Historical Collection, 1798-1988, UPC 4.11, and

School of Dental Medicine. General Records, 1878-1983 bulk 1878-1977, UPC 4.5.

Works consulted:

Dedication of the New Building of The Thomas W. Evans Museum and Dental Institute School of Dentistry University of Pennsylvania, 1915.

The collection contains articles, publications, correspondence, clippings, advertisements, price lists, notes, and an audio cassette, and is arranged in three series: I. Thomas W. Evans Museum and Dental Institute School of Dentistry; II. General dentistry; and III. Thomas W. Evans with the folders arranged alphabetically and chronologically there under. The bulk of material is in English with a few items in French and German.

This material comprised part of the dental library's historical collection. The first series contains material on the history of the Thomas W. Evans Museum and Dental Institute School of Dentistry University of Pennsylvania. The second series contains information regarding the profession of dentistry and includes some biographical material on dentists; the manufacturing of dental supplies and equipment; and medical/dental education. The third series contains material regarding dentist Thomas W. Evans (December 23, 1823 – November 14, 1897). Evans, a Philadelphia born dentist, was invited to join the practice of Dr. Cyrus Brewster in Paris. He eventually opened his own practice and developed an elite clientele, including royal households across the continent. He became the dentist of Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie in 1850 and soon a trusted confidant. Evans helped the Empress escape to England during the 1870 uprising. This series includes several publications Evans authored, biographical material, and articles on Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie.

Transferred from the University of Pennsylvania. School of Dental Medicine Library in 2015.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Kristine McGee
Finding Aid Date
2022 June 15
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Agreement between the Thomas W. Evans Museum and Institute Society and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, 1912.
Box 3 Folder 2
Appleton, Joseph L. T.: autograph collection of notable scientists, 1926-1959.
Box 3 Folder 3
Appleton, Joseph L. T. : Rosebury, Theodor, 1928-1951.
Box 3 Folder 4
Evans collection, 1979-1980.
Box 1 Folder 1
Evans collection: clippings, 1947-1983.
Box 3 Folder 5
Historical information, 1915, 1942, 1973.
Box 1 Folder 2
Library of the Thomas W. Evans Museum and Dental Institute School of Dentistry, 1946, circa 1958.
Box 1 Folder 3

American Society of Dental Surgeons: essays, 1841.
Box 1 Folder 4
Black, Arthur Davenport: Exhibit for Dentistry at a Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago, 1933-1934, 1934.
Box 1 Folder 5
Brekhus, Peter J.: The Loss of Human Teeth, 1928.
Box 1 Folder 6
Brown, Solyman: The Semi-Annual Dental Expositor, 1852.
Box 1 Folder 7
Bulletin of the History of Dentistry, 1954-1955.
Box 1 Folder 8
Canadian Dental Association New Directions seminar series, 1995.
Box 1 Folder 9
Ciba Symposia: Saints in Medicine, 1939.
Box 1 Folder 10
Dental libraries, 1935-1951.
Box 1 Folder 11
Dental and medical schools, 1901, undated.
Box 1 Folder 12
Dental supplies and manufacturers, 1845-circa 1958.
Box 1 Folder 13
Dentists, 1898-1933, 1960.
Box 1 Folder 14
Galippe, V.: Observations Centre le Project de Réglementation de la Profession de Dentiste, 1890.
Box 1 Folder 15
Haggard, Howard W.:"Devils, Drugs and Doctors" radio broadcast transcripts, 1931-1932.
Box 3 Folder 6
Henry Schuman Rare Books, Ltd.: A Collection of Books in the History of Dentistry, undated.
Box 1 Folder 15
Hanks, John T.: The Dentists Rubaiyat, 1935.
Box 1 Folder 16
Mussey, W.H., Anaesthesia. Non-Fatal Accidents from Anaesthetic Agents, with Observations. Read before the Medico-Chirurgical Society of Cincinnati, Western Lancet, 1853-11.
Box 1 Folder 22

Presentation copy from Dr. Mussey to Thomas W. Evans.

The New-York Dental Recorder, 1846, 1854.
Box 1 Folder 17
Penn Dental Journal, 1897-1898.
Box 1 Folder 18
Salaman, Henrik: Dentistry in the Ghetto, 1945.
Box 1 Folder 19
S.S. White Dental Manufacturing Co.: "Dental Digest" index, undated.
Box 3 Folder 7
S.S. White Dental Manufacturing Co.: Frankford factory floor plans, 1926.
Box 3 Folder 8
Süersen, Wilhelm: Ueber Zahnbildung und Zahnpflege, 1867.
Box 1 Folder 20
Thompson, Alton H.: The Origin and Evolution of the Human Face and the Descent of Facial Expression, undated.
Box 1 Folder 21
Tooth Fairy Society of America, 1975-1978.
Box 2 Folder 1

Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie, 1978-1979.
Box 2 Folder 2
Evans, Theodore, biographical, 1979.
Box 2 Folder 3
Evans, Thomas W.: biographical, 1897, 1905, 1949, 1977-1980.
Box 2 Folder 4
Evans, Thomas W.: business ventures, undated.
Box 2 Folder 5
Evans, Thomas W.: research material compiled by Gardner Foley, undated.
Box 2 Folder 6
Evans, Thomas W.: writings, 1867-1883.
Box 2 Folder 7
Evans/Wiltberger family, 1936.
Box 2 Folder 8
"The Further Travels of Dr. Evans" program, 1979.
Box 2 Folder 9
Inventory after the decease of Doctor Evans, 1898-1901.
Box 3 Folder 1

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