The OHSU School of Dentistry has a rich history, beginning in 1899 as the North Pacific Dental College located on NW 14th Ave and Couch, becoming the University of Oregon Dental School in 1945, and moving to its former location on the hill in 1956. An incredible assortment of materials, the School of Dentistry donation includes photographs of former SOD faculty and students, commemorative plaques, and documents, as well as a large collection of dental tools and equipment.
Among the most exciting and unique of the donated artifacts, HC&A is caring for and safely storing the beloved Ernest Starr Memorial Museum of Dental Anomalies, formerly displayed on the 5th floor of the Marquam Hill building. Consisting of over 100 human teeth, the anomalies collection illustrates a variety of tooth deformities, including hypercementosis, concrescence of the upper molar, and flexion of the lower bicuspid (to name a few).
Ernest Starr Memorial Museum of Dental Anomalies in their former display case
Archivist Karen Peterson and Logistics staff member Reuben Chitala with the dental unit in its new storage space in the Old Library
Archivist Karen Peterson and HC&A Student Assistant Crystal Rodgers with the dental unit
HC&A would like to give a special thanks to Mary Anne Haisch for coordinating the transfer of these materials to the archives as well as OHSU logistics staff members, Reuben Chitala, Francisco Merino, and Steven Oster, who safely packed up and transported many of the larger, more fragile items from the SOD to the HC&A storage in the Old Library. And to the countless others who contributed in some way to this move - we couldn’t have done it without you!
Logistics staff members Reuben Chitala and Francisco Merino preparing boxes for transport
We feel truly privileged to take these materials into our care and hope word will spread of their availability for public viewing at the archives. To make an appointment to view the materials, please email Archivist, Karen Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Head of Historical Collections & Archives, Maija Anderson at email@example.com.
Archivist Karen Peterson and HC&A Volunteer Erica Edwards, cleaning and packing artifacts previously on display in the School of Dentistry
Archivist Karen Peterson and Student Assistant Crystal Rodgers cleaning and packing artifacts previously on display in the School of Dentistry-by Crystal Rodgers, HC&A Student Assistant-