University of Michigan. School of Dentistry

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From the guide to the School of Dentistry (University of Michigan) Publications, 1875-1997, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

The College of Dental Surgery at the University of Michigan was founded by the Regents in 1875. The practicing dentists of the state were instrumental in its creation. They had originally petitioned the Regents in 1866 for the establishment of a chair of dentistry. When that petition failed to win regental approval, dentists submitted another petition in 1873. The Regents expressed a willingness to approve this second request, but claimed lack of funds made action impossible. The dentists then turned to the state legislature where they were successful in obtaining a special appropriation for the purpose of teaching dentistry at the university.

Originally dentistry was taught by two professors. They, and those subsequently appointed to the faculty, developed a college noted for the adeptness of its graduates in technical and operative areas. Throughout the nineteenth century the college's focus was primarily on technique, but at the beginning of the twentieth century research began to assume an important position in the college's activities. The first major project was undertaken by Marcus Ward, who in 1903 began a study of the properties of dental amalgams used as filling material. Research was also carried on in areas of surgical procedures, with particular success in the area of restoration. Eventually, research became a common activity among the faculty.

Throughout the twentieth century the nature of the student body and the character of the subjects taught developed and changed. In 1921 dental hygiene was first taught, largely to women who would go on to become dental assistants and technicians. By 1927, when the college was renamed the School of Dentistry, the need for both continuing education for practicing dentists and for post-graduate educational opportunities for students had been recognized and was being acted upon. The W. K. Kellogg foundation was particularly instrumental during the 1930s and 1940s in making funds and space available for these two activities.

Space was a continuing problem for the school. When it was founded, the school was placed in a university-owned house, originally used as a faculty residence. In 1877 the school was relocate into a larger building, another university-owned house originally used by a faculty member. In 1891 the school inherited the old university Hospital. During 1908 and 1909 a special building was erected for the Dental School, on North University Avenue. This building was enlarged in 1923. In 1939-1940, with funds supplied by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the Works Progress Administration, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Institute: Graduate and Postgraduate Dentistry Building was constructed. In 1969, as part of a major construction program initiated the year before, the 1908 structure was razed. It was replaced by a complex of buildings completed in 1971.

  • 1875 - 1903 : Jonathan Taft
  • 1903 - 1906 (Acting) : Cyrenus G. Darling
  • 1907: Willoughby D. Miller
  • 1907 - 1916 : Nelville Hoff
  • 1916 - 1934 : Marcus L. Ward
  • 1934 - 1935 : Chalmers John Lyons
  • 1935 - 1950 : Russell W. Bunting
  • 1950 - 1962 : Paul H. Jeserich
  • 1962 - 1981 : William R. Mann
  • 1981 - 1982 (Acting) : Robert E. Doerr
  • 1982 - 1987 : Richard L. Christiansen
  • 1987 - 1989 (Acting) : William Kotowicz
  • 1989 - 1995 : J. Bernard Machen
  • 1995 - 2002 : William Kotowicz
  • 2003 - : Peter Polverini

From the guide to the School of Dentistry (University of Michigan) records, 1873-2010, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Reeves, Jesse Siddall, 1872-1942. Jesse Siddall Reeves papers, 1853-1942. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Michigan Dental Association records, 1856-2006 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf University of Michigan. School of Dentistry. School of Dentistry visual materials series. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Alexander G. Ruthven Papers, 1901-1961, 1906-1951 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn University of Michigan. Office of Academic Planning and Analysis. Office of Academic Planning and Analysis (University of Michigan) records, 1974-1983. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs (University of Michigan) Supplemental Files, 1953-[ongoing] Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Easlick, Kenneth A. (Kenneth Alexander), 1893-1979. Kenneth A. Easlick papers, 1924-1979. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Easlick, Kenneth A., 1893-1979. Kenneth A. Easlick papers, 1924-1977. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Percival C. Lowery papers, 1920-1967 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Spalding Family Papers (microfilm), 1808-1910 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs (University of Michigan). Staff Files, 1947--[ongoing] Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn University of Michigan. Board of Regents. Board of Regents (University of Michigan) records, 1817-[ongoing]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Board of Regents (University of Michigan) records, 1817-2011, 1899-1987 (Regents Exhibits) Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Jay, Philip, d. 1974. Philip Jay papers, 1925-1942. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf School of Dentistry (University of Michigan) Publications, 1875-1997 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Anonymous University of Michigan dental student diary and accounts, September 1915-June 1916. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn W.K. Kellogg Foundation Institute. W.K. Kellogg Foundation Institute records, 1933-1979. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn University of Michigan. Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs (University of Michigan) records, 1947-[ongoing]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Niehuss, Marvin Lemmon, 1903-2003. Marvin Lemmon Niehuss papers, 1923-1971 (bulk 1941-1968). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Norris Family Papers, 1815-1960 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Lowery, Percival C., 1885-1978. Percival C. Lowery papers, 1920-1967. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Souter, Alfred La Verne. Alfred La Verne Souter scrapbook, 1909-1916. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn University of Michigan. Dental Research Institute. Dental Research Institute (University of Michigan) records, 1965-1989. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Norris family. Norris family papers, 1815-1960. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Spalding family. Spalding family papers, 1808-1910. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Marcus Llewellyn Ward Papers, 1906-1962 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn W. K. Kellogg Foundation Institute records, 1933-1979 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Dental Research Institute (University of Michigan) records, 1965-1989 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Niehuss, Marvin Lemmon, 1903-2003. Marvin Lemmon Niehuss papers, 1923-1972 (bulk 1941-1968). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Bunting, Russell Welford, 1881-1962. Russell Welford Bunting papers, 1931-1957. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Marvin Lemmon Niehuss papers, 1923-1972, 1941-1968 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Ward, Marcus Llewellyn, 1875-1963. Marcus Llewellyn Ward papers, 1906-1962. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Miller, W. D. (Willoughby Dayton), 1853-1907. Willoughby Dayton Miller papers, 1894-1895 and undated. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Michigan Dental Association. Michigan Dental Association records, 1856-[ongoing]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Philip Jay papers, 1925-1942 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Jesse Siddall Reeves Papers, 1853-1942, 1901-1942 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf University of Michigan. School of Dentistry. School of Dentistry (University of Michigan) records, ca. 1873-1983. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs (University of Michigan) central files, 1947-2010 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Darling, Cyrenus Garritt, 1856-1933. Cyrenus Garritt Darling papers, ca.1890-ca.1930. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Kenneth A. Easlick papers, 1924-1979 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf School of Dentistry (University of Michigan) records, 1873-2010 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Spalding, Edward Bartlett, 1868-1960. Edward Bartlett Spalding student notebook, 1890-1892. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn James, William Stuart. William S. James reminiscences, undated. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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associatedWith Bunting, Russell Welford, 1881-1962. person
associatedWith Darling, Cyrenus Garritt, 1856-1933. person
associatedWith Easlick, Kenneth A. (Kenneth Alexander), 1893-1979. person
associatedWith Hoff, Nelville Soule, 1854-1926. person
associatedWith James, William Stuart. person
associatedWith Jay, Philip, 1898- person
associatedWith Jay, Philip, d. 1974. person
associatedWith Lowery, Percival C., 1885-1978. person
associatedWith Lyons, Chalmer John, 1874-1935. person
associatedWith Lyons, Chalmers John, 1874-1935 person
associatedWith Michigan Dental Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Miller, W. D. (Willoughby Dayton), 1853-1907. person
associatedWith Niehuss, Marvin Lemmon, 1903-2003. person
associatedWith Norris family. family
associatedWith Norris Family. family
associatedWith Reeves, Jesse Siddall, 1872-1942. person
associatedWith Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882- person
associatedWith School of Dentistry Building (University of Michigan) corporateBody
associatedWith Souter, Alfred La Verne. person
associatedWith Spalding, Edward Bartlett, 1868-1960. person
associatedWith Spalding family. family
associatedWith Spalding Family family
associatedWith Taft, J. 1820-1903. person
associatedWith Taft, J. (Jonathan), 1820-1903 person
associatedWith University of Michigan corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Board of Regents. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dental Research Institute. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dental Society. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of Commmunity Dentistry. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of Community Dentistry. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of Endodontics. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of Occlusion. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of Operative Dentistry. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of Orthodontics. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Dept. of Periodontics. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Office of Academic Planning and Analysis. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. School of Dentistry. Dept. of Educational Resources. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. School of Dentistry. Dept. of Oral Biology. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. School of Dentistry. Dept. of Oral Diagnosis. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. School of Dentistry. Dept. of Oral Surgery. corporateBody
associatedWith Ward, Marcus Llewellyn, 1875-1963. person
associatedWith Washtenaw County Dental Association (Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith W.K. Kellogg Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith W.K. Kellogg Foundation Institute. corporateBody
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Greek letter societies--Michigan--Ann Arbor
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Dentistry
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