The collection highlights the history of dentistry and the Kornberg School, beginning with its origins as the Philadelphia Dental College in 1863. It includes the cornerstone of the original building; a 19th century Victorian dental office outfitted with period objects and furniture; a varied collection of photographs, posters, dental instruments, equipment, dental furniture and personal oral health care products; as well as the personal possessions of former dental school students, faculty and alumni.
When Amid Ismail arrived at Temple in 2008 as the new dean of the Kornberg School, he discovered a fund that had been set aside for the museum. Since only a portion of the collection was on public display, he hired a collections management consultant and assistant, who worked for two-and-a-half years to photograph, catalog and archive the vast collection.
Some faculty volunteered their time on weekends to assist in cataloging the collection, as well as weeding out pieces that had no value or relevance. Once the cataloging and archiving had been completed, photographs of each of the collection’s 4,000-plus pieces have since been put into a searchable, online database.
[Associate Dean Sally] Gray said that current Temple Historical Dental Museum Collection database web page will likely be redesigned when Kornberg’s main web site is redesigned in the near future.
New: Temple University Historical Dental Museum Collection
Posted on March 23, 2012 by Gary D. Price