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School of Dentistry Records
AR.2015.4  
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box 1, oversized-box 2, carton 1

Printed material, ephemera, and artifacts 1881-1997

box 1, folder 1

Booklet, "Dentistry and the University of California: The Early Days" 1997

box 1, folder 2

Clippings regarding department founding and graduate lists 1881-1910

box 1, folder 3

Receipts 1892

box 1, folder 4

Certificates and diplomas 1924-1941

oversized-box 2

Certificates and diplomas 1894, 1897, undated

oversized-box 2

Dentistry and Dental Hygiene minority recruitment posters 1971

carton 1

University of California School of Dentistry embosser undated

box 1, oversized-box 1, oversized-box 2

Photographs 1880-1997

box 1, folders 5-6

Portraits and classes 1880-1997

box 1, folder 7

Campus buildings and miscellaneous 1880-1990

oversized-box 1

Oversized photographs 1880-1950

oversized-box 2

Dental faculty 1900

box 1, oversized-box 1, oversized-box 2, carton 1

"Treasure Chest" material 1882-1929 (bulk 1882-1896)

Biographical / Historical

The “Treasure Chest” was the name later given to a lead box containing College of Dentistry exams, announcements, and other printed material buried in approximately 1897 by Dental Department founder and faculty member Samuel W. Dennis. The material was recovered in 1929. According to a School of Dentistry booklet ("The Early Days") Dennis buried the box and its contents following disagreements with other dentistry faculty members. Dennis left the school around the same time. Workers discovered the box in 1929 when they were excavating land in South San Francisco in preparation for the Bayshore Highway. They returned the box and its contents to the School of Dentistry and Dean Guy S. Millberry.
box 1, folders 8-10, oversized-box 1, folders 1-3

"Treasure Chest" contents 1882-1929 (bulk 1882-1896)

Scope and Contents

Includes examinations, lectures, test questions, program requirements, receipts, correspondence, and related material regarding the activities of the school in the late 19th century.
carton 1

"Treasure Chest" original lead box undated

oversized-box 2

"Treasure Chest" exhibit panel undated

Scope and Contents

Includes text by Guy S. Millberry.
 

Rare books from the library of Nellie E. Chapman 1855-1887

Biographical / Historical

From a School of Dentistry exhibit text panel: “Nellie E. Chapman (1847-1906) possibly the first woman dentist in California…she married Dr. Allen Chapman, a dentist…In 1879, she was recorded (#79) on the first registry of dentists in California…she continued to practice in Nevada City.”

Separated Materials

The seven rare books were separated from the collection and added to the Archives history non-circulating book collection. They are searchable through the UCSF Library catalog and available to researchers in the reading room.