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Guide to the Records of the New York University College of Dentistry RG.25

New York University Archives
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Collection processed by Jennie Johanson. Finding Aid updated by Archives staff in 2007. Additional processing by Nathasha Alvarez.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on December 19, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Film reels and building illustration rehoused by John Zarrillo Updated by Jennifer E. Neal to incorporate artwork being sent to offsite art storage in April 2019 Updated by Jennifer E. Neal to incorporate materials being sent offsite in 2019 and for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description Updated by Jacqueline Rider to incorporate materials being sent offsite in 2019 and for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description  , March 2019 , March 2019 , June 2019 , September 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: New York University. College of Dentistry
Title: Records of the New York University College of Dentistry
Dates [inclusive]: 1550-2003
Dates [bulk]: 1850-1950
Abstract: The New York College of Dentistry was founded in 1865 with 31 students and ten faculty members. In 1925, the College merged with New York University (NYU) and developed into a leading center for dental care, research and policy. This collection allows the viewer to understand the school's development through a series of student notebooks and administrative files from the late 1800s and early 1900s. It also contains a wide array of antique dental tools and memorabilia.
Quantity: 59.75 Linear Feet in 55 boxes
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials primarily in English.
Call Phrase: RG.25

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Historical Note

The New York College of Dentistry was established in 1865 in a small rental space on 22nd Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The mission of the College was to promote altruism in dentistry while providing first-rate education. Upon its inception, the school had 31 students and 10 faculty members. Only 9 of the original 31 students graduated in the first graduating class.

When the New York College of Dentistry merged with New York University in 1925, it became known as the New York University College of Dentistry. The merger led to the creation of a dental school at the forefront of research and postdoctoral education.

Today, the College of Dentistry has approximately 1,600 students from across the world. About fifty percent of the student body is female, and fifty percent are minority students. The greater aim of the College is to improve the health of underserved populations, and more generally, to improve health worldwide.

The New York University College of Dentistry offers D.D.S., B.S. and A.A.S. degrees. It is now the third oldest and the largest private dental school in the United States.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes administrative and student records, memorabilia, and a large collection of dental tools and models.


General administrative documents are filed chronologically by subject. Student materials are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the student. Accreditation materials are in their original order.

The files are grouped into four series:

Series I: General Administration

Series II: Memorabilia

Series III: Student Records

Series IV: Accreditation Records

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Access Points

Subject Topics

  • Dentistry -- Study and teaching
  • Dental instruments and apparatus.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Administrative records and unpublished reports of New York University are closed for a period of 20 years from the date of their creation. Access to files spanning multiple years will be opened to researchers based on the date of the most recent materials. Board of Trustees records are closed for 35 years from the date of creation. Materials related to personnel, grievances, job and fellowship searches and applications, and all files that fall under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) are permanently restricted. Additional restrictions may apply to other materials in this collection. For questions regarding specific restrictions, please contact the University Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the creator are maintained by New York University. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from New York University Archives. Please contact

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; The Records of the New York University College of Dentistry; RG 25; box number; folder number or item identifier; New York University Archives, New York University.

Separated Materials

Promotional materials, bulletins, annual reports, publications, commencement records, audiovisual materials, and photographs were incorporated into the general University Archives collections for those formats.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the University Archives by the Waldman Library of the New York University College of Dentistry in August 2000; additional materials were transferred in December of 2015. The accession numbers associated with this collection are 80-011, 94-021, 03-006, 2016-002.

Processing Information

In 2015, an addition to the collection was transferred to the archives and incorporated into the collection as Series IV. Accreditation Records based on the content of the materials and in keeping with previous arrangement and description decisions.

Film reels which were housed in boxes 11 and 12 were transferred to box 43 by John Zarrillo in March 2019. An illustration of the NYU College of Dentistry building (circa 1940s) was found in box 11. The illustration had not been described in the collection's finding aid. This item has been added the Memorabilia series and rehoused in University Archives Shared Box 010.

In 2019, some materials were rehoused by Preservation staff and sent to offsite storage.

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Container List

Series I: Administrative Records, 1851-1996. 7 Linear Feet in 13 manuscript boxes, one flat box, and one custom box.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Accreditation, Kriser Dental Center Waldmann Dental Library
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Act of Incorporation of NYCD
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Agreement between NYU and NYCD
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Alpha Omega Fraternity, 1985-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Book of Contacts
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Centennial Committee
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Centennial History
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Certificates
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Clinical Fee Schedules
1977, 1986
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Clinic book
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Clinics
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Collective Bargaining Agreement
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Dean's Memoranda
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Dean Edward G. Kaufman Memoranda
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Department of Preventive Dentistry and Community Health, Dental Health Organizations
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Educational Standards
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Faculty Committee on the Role and Function of the Faculty
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Bethune Stein Physiology Lectures
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Faculty, Minutes
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Faculty, Minutes
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Faculty, Meeting Minutes
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Faculty Minutes
Box: 3 Folder : 3-4 Faculty, Progress Examinations
Box: 4 Faculty Records, Graduates
Box: 5 Folder : 1-2 Faculty Records, Graduates
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Guest Book
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Henry Dodge Record of Operations
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Henry Dodge Day Book
Box: 8 Folder : 2 General Correspondence
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Gifts/Donations
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Investigation into Theft
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Murray and Leone Guggenheim Foundation for Dental Research
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Parent Agreement for Minors
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Peridontia Corresponding Group, Bulletin 1- 25
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Undergraduate Preventative Dentistry Variety Show
Box: 7 Registration, Applications
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Registration, Applications
Box: 9 Folder : 2-5 Report on Oral Surgery Clinic
Box: 10 Student Records: Expelled students, non-attending students, qualifying certificates, signature book, Student Council, certificate, NYU Journal of Dentistry article
Box: 11 Student record book, non-attending students
Box: 12 Qualifying Students
Box: 13
Box: 13 Trustees and Directors
Box: 15
Folder: 1 Faculty Group Portrait
Folder: 2
Folder: 3 Faculty Group Portrait
Folder: 4 Mural on the History of Anesthesia
Folder: 5 Faculty Group Portrait
Box: Shared University Archives 052 Folder : 6 Portrait
circa 1920s
Box: Shared University Archives 008 Folder : 8 Portrait
circa 1930s-1950s

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Series II: Memorabilia

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Medallions (10)
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Paperweights (3)
Box: 43 Film Reel
Box: 43 Film
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Plaques
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Saklad Nameplate
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Centennial Certificate
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Framed Faculty Photos (7)
Box: Shared University Archives 011 Glass plates (2)
Box: Shared University Archives 079 LP recordings (3): Century Club Dinner, NY Hilton
Box: Shared University Archives 079 LP, 33-1/3: NYUCD Dental Violet
Box: 55 Saklad Nameplate
Box: 17 Dental Toolkit and Tools, "Dr. Clarence Cohen"
Box: Shared University Archives 010 NYU College of Dentistry building illustration
circa 1940s
Box: 53 Dentistry Alumni Banner
Box: 16 Film Reels (4): Class of 1952, class and fraternity activities
Box: 44 Dental School scrapbook materials: reunion and class photographs, diplomas and diploma mock-ups, newspaper clippings
Box: 52 Framed dental tool
Box: Shared University Archives 052 Folder : 7 Howard L. Ward Certificate of Honor - President of the College of Dentistry Alumni Assocation

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Series III: Student Records, 1866-1929. 4.5 Linear Feet

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 18 College of Dentistry Admission Cards
Box: 19 Student Report Cards, First - Third Year Class
Box: 20 Student Report Cards
Box: 21 Student Report Cards
Box: 22 J.L. Blass Notebooks
Box: 23 Student Lecture Notes in anatomy, anesthesia, surgery, hypnosis, oral surgery, physiology,
Box: 24
Box: 54 Student Record Book

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Series IV. Accreditation Records, 1973-2003. 16.5 Linear Feet in 16 record cartons and 1 manuscript box

Scope and Contents

This series consists of materials created through the course of a reaccreditation process that document various administrative and educational aspects of the College of Dentistry's programs. Materials include syllabi, information about the curriculum of the programs, reports outlining the programs' compliance with accreditation standards, and materials produced in preparation for accreditation site visits.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 25A Predoctoral Curriculum
Box: 26
Box: 27
Box: 28
Box: 40
Box: 41
Box: 28 Self-Study Reaccreditation Reports
1980, 1996, 2003
Box: 29
Box: 30
Box: 31
Box: 32
Box: 33
Box: 34
Box: 35 Standards for Accreditation
Box: 36
Box: 37 Syllabi
1973-1975, 1989
Box: 38
Box: 39
Box: 40
Box: 41 Grants for Health Professions Schools
Box: 41 Manual for Accreditation Site Visit
Box: 42 Task Force Report
Box: 47 Manuals for Accreditation
Box: 48
Box: 49
Box: 50
Box: 51

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