Thursday, March 28, 2013

School of Dentistry collections incoming!

It's been "all hands on deck" in HC&A this week as our staff begin preparing for XXL-size transfers of archival and book collections from the School of Dentistry. The school will move to fabulous new facilities in 2014, which means that its staff and faculty are cleaning house in the current building. To ensure that no historical materials accidentally land in a dumpster, Karen and I began reaching out to SOD administrators in 2012.

All week, HC&A staff and SOD students have been packing archival collections, the largest of which consists of hundreds of boxes of records from the Oregon Child Study Clinic, an NIH-funded longitudinal growth study that ran circa 1940s-1980s. Because of current concerns about radiation exposure, the study could never be replicated today. Due to their uniqueness and completeness, the records are still actively used as a resource. SOD students are also digitizing samples of the collection for a national project funded by the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation. HC&A will coordinate with SOD so that the project can be completed when the records are in our care.

We also prepared a remarkable collection of around 110 books on endodontics, collected by SOD alumnus Frank Everett. In addition to several rare19th century works, there are many international titles that are not held in other U.S. libraries. A second book collection consisting of rare and historic 19th and early 20th century orthodontics titles is on the way, too.

We look forward to making these collections available for research in HC&A.

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