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COLLECTION Identifier: H MS c503

American Dental Association. Department of Library Services records

Content Description

Collection consists of vertical files collected and maintained by the American Dental Association Department of Library Services which contain membership directories, bylaws, and annual event programs from various national and regional dental associations in the United States and globally; informational and educational pamphlets on topics such as fluoride use, dental health education, preventative dentistry, dental public health policy, community health dental programs, general dental hygiene, the dental impacts of particular health issues such as anorexia and cancer, school dental programs, nutrition, orthodontic care, and managing dental pain among other topics; and dental manufacturer and supply company marketing literature and catalogs.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1925-2011
  • Creation: 1885-2011 (inclusive)


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access requires advance notice. Contact Public Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in the collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting any third-party copyright holders for permission to reproduce or publish. For more information on the Center's use, publication, and reproduction policies, view our Reproductions and Use Policy.


54.3 cubic feet (53 records center cartons, 1 letter size document box, 1 legal size document box, and 1 oversize flat storage box)

Administrative history

The American Dental Association Department of Library Services (formerly the Bureau of Library Services) provides information resources to members of the American Dental Association.


The collection is arranged into two series reflecting the original order as received from the donor: Series I. Vertical files, and Series II. Manufacturing and supply catalogs. Files within each series are arranged alphebetically.

Collection Inventory

A box and folder list for the collection is available as a separate document (spreadsheet/xls).

Click to download: Inventory-HMSc503.xls

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The American Dental Association Department of Library Services records were gifted to the Center for the History of Medicine by the American Dental Association in 2016 (Accession #2017-116).

Processing Information

Processed by Jill Chancellor, April 2017.

American Dental Association. Department of Library Services. Records, 1885-2011 (inclusive), 1925-2011 (bulk): Finding Aid.
Jessica Sedgwick
10 May 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine) Repository

The Center for the History of Medicine in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine is one of the world's leading resources for the study of the history of health and medicine. Our mission is to enable the history of medicine and public health to inform healthcare, the health sciences, and the societies in which they are embedded.

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