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School of Dental Medicine Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: WUA-01-wua00145

This collection is comprised of historical materials from the Washington University School of Dentistry. This includes speeches, programs, brochures, and other publications. The items in the collection are arranged alphabetically.


  • Creation: 1867-1990


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


3.00 linear feet

3 boxes

Historical Information

The first dental college in Missouri was the Missouri Dental College, which was located in St. Louis and admitted its first class of students in 1866. At the time the school was only the 6th dental college in the United States. In 1892 the Missouri Dental College became the Dental Department of Washington University. The name was changed several times over the years -- in 1909 to the Washington University Dental School; in 1919 to the Washington University School of Dentistry; in 1974 to the Washington University School of Dental Medicine.

Co-education came to the dental school in 1908, and the first woman graduate of the W.U. Dental School was Sophia Wachsmuth, of Munich, Germany, who graduated in 1910. In 1950, the School of Dentistry opened admissions to African-American students. The Washington University School of Dental Medicine closed after 125 years of existence in 1991.

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to University Archives.

Accruals and Additions

There are interfiled within the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Pabarcus in November 2005. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in September 2018 and November 2021

School of Dental Medicine Records
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 February 11: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495