Correspondence, minutes, syllabi, lecture notes, printed material, photographs and artifacts documenting the professional career of dentist and dental educator William B. Dunning.
The bulk of the papers dates from about 1900 to 1940. Dunning's work as an editor of the Journal of the Allied Dental Societies and his involvement with the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery are particularly well-documented.
Major correspondents include S.E. Davenport, Sr., S.E. Davenport, Jr., William J. Gies, Edward Kirk, and Henry S. Dunning. Personal letters are rare, with even most of the letters from his brother, Henry S. Dunning, concerned with professional matters. The papers also include many dental instruments and other artifacts, most of which appear to have belonged to Henry S. Dunning.
Series I. Personal correspondence.
Letters from family members and close professional colleagues such as S. E. Davenport, Jr. and William J. Gies, though the correspondence from the latter group is more professional than personal in nature. In addition, there is a folder of notes and background material on the genealogy of the Dunning and related families.
Series II. Professional journalism and articles.
Dunning's editorship (1912-1918) of the Journal of the Allied Dental Societies is well documented and includes correspondence with fellow editors, and with contributors, subscribers, printers and advertisers. It provides a full picture of the operations of a professional journal in the early 20th century. Correspondence relating to Dunning's co-authorship with S.E. Davenport, Jr. of A Dictionary of Dental Science and Art (1936) documents the long gestation of this volume (1915-1936). Records of Dunning's involvement with the Journal of Dental Research contain much correspondence with William J. Gies, its editor. In addition, there are many reprints and manuscripts of Dunning's own scientific articles.
Series III. Columbia University School of Dental & Oral Surgery/Dental education.
The papers are rich in records documenting the founding and early years of Columbia's School of Dental and Oral Surgery (SDOS): correspondence, 1915-1940; newspaper clippings, 1916-1917; syllabi, lecture notes, examinations and other course materials; programs; and fundraising material. They reveal that Dunning and his brother, Henry S. Dunning, played prominent roles in the inception and early years of the SDOS. In addition, the series has letters and reminiscences of J. Howard Reed, founder of the College of Dental and Oral Surgery of New York (CODOS) (founded in 1892 as the New York Dental College), which merged with Columbia in 1923; CODOS printed material, including catalogues and class schedules; and a small amount of printed material from the New York College of Dentistry (now the New York University College of Dentistry). Printed material relating to SDOS is in Series VI.
Series IV. Professional organizations.
Among the many organizations documented in the records, there is much on the First District Dental Society of New York, though comparatively little relating to Dunning's tenure as its President (1916-1917). Instead, much of the correspondence documents his role as contributing editor of the Society's journal (1919-1939). There are also records of Dunning's work with the Dental Society of the State of New York, 1911-1939; the New York Academy of Dentistry; the New York Odontological Society; and the Dental Health Committee of the New York Tuberculosis and Health Association.
Series V. Henry S. Dunning.
Correspondence, typescript and printed articles, dental illustrations and World War I memorabilia of Henry S. Dunning (1881-1957), younger brother of William B. Dunning. Henry S. Dunning was both a dentist (New York College of Dentistry, 1904) and surgeon (Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, 1911). He served as a maxillofacial surgeon with the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War I and was professor of oral surgery at the Columbia University School of Dental & Oral Surgery (1923-1948).
Series VI. Artifacts.
Includes photographs, many of them World War I scenes that probably came from Henry S. Dunning; a certificate of membership; a watercolor sketch by W.B. Dunning; and much printed material including dental school catalogs from both Columbia and other universities; a 1919 yearbook of the College of Dental and Oral Surgery of New York (CODOS); and dental instruments, many of which seem to have belonged to Henry S. Dunning.