What Everyone Ought to Know about Eastman Dental

April 28, 2011

Bibby Library has preserved the history of Eastman Dental and dentistry in the Rochester New York area through its print and digital archive collections. The American Library Association has designated the week of April 24-30 as preservation week.

Here are a few interesting facts about Eastman Dental:

1.  Eastman Dental has been providing oral health care services to the Rochester community since its opening in 1915.

2.  Eastman Dental is also a training school for dentists who wish to become specialists. The school has been in operation since 1915.

3.  Eastman Dental, originally named the Rochester Dental Dispensary, was the first institution in New York State to offer a training program for young women to become dental hygienists.  Established in 1915, the School for Dental Hygiene was moved to Monroe Community College in 1964.

4.  Founder George Eastman was so satisfied with his efforts that he went on to establish 5 other Eastman Dental clinics in countries throughout Europe.

5.  The first director, Dr. Harvey Burkhart, served until he passed away at the age of 82, in 1946.

For more information on the history of Eastman Dental, visit our archival collections, contact us, or read “Leading the Way: Eastman and Oral Health.”


Dental Hygienist Group Contributes Historical Materials to Bibby library Archive Collection

June 21, 2010

The 7th District Dental Hygienists Association of the State of New York, Rochester, Finger Lakes Region, has donated materials to the dentistry archives located in Bibby library at Eastman Dental. This endeavor will ensure that the group’s history will be preserved, digitized, and accessible to the public for scholarly use.

Of particular interest are a variety of awards given to local hygienists and Dr. David Lawrence, from the Dental Hygienists Association of the State of New York, and images and print materials announcing the donation, by Drs. Saroj and T.K. Viswanathan, for the renovation of the dental hygiene clinic at Monroe Community College.

The Bibby library dentistry archives contain materials pertaining to the practice of dental hygiene in Rochester, beginning with George Eastman’s founding of the School for Dental Hygiene in 1915, through the late 1960’s when the school was moved to Monroe Community College.

The collection, which includes yearbooks, course outlines and commencement materials, also has ephemera from the Alumnae Association of the Rochester School for Dental Hygienists, which was eventually renamed the Eastman Monroe Dental Hygiene Alumni Association.

The materials will be housed in a climate controlled room, digitized, and uploaded to IR Plus, the University’s institutional repository.

Read the story of Eastman Dental

April 28, 2010

The Eastman Institute for Oral Health has released its new book “Leading the Way: Eastman and Oral Health”.

Authored by Elizabeth Brayer, this page turner tells the story of philanthropist George Eastman’s founding of the Rochester Dental Dispensary. The book depicts the history of Eastman Dental and dentistry in Rochester, concluding with the recent establishment of the Eastman Institute for Oral Health. Scattered throughout the story are historical images, many from the Bibby library archival collection.

URMC affiliates may borrow the book from Bibby library for two weeks. If you would like to purchase the book, contact Sue Gibbs at 585-275-9214.

Eastman Dental Featured in ADA Sesquicentennial Book

February 3, 2010

Several  former Eastman Dental staff, faculty and alumni are featured in the American Dental Association’s (ADA) new book,  150 Years of the American Dental Association, A Pictorial History 1859-2009.

In coffee-table style format, the book is the culmination of efforts to collect historical dental images and stories to celebrate 150 years of the ADA.

Eastman dental’s contribution to dentistry is reflected in the book’s description of  Dr. Michael Buonocore’s acid etch technique, Dr. Harvey Burkhart’s role in the FDI World Dental Federation, and  Dr. Basil  Bibby and Dr. Jack Caton’s recognition of  numerous ADA awards.

Bibby library has  purchased a copy of the book.  Please feel free to stop in and take a look.

Eastman Dental and Halloween

October 27, 2009

Did you know the original Eastman Dental building on East Main street is haunted?

Every October the building is  transformed into a haunted house and opened to the public for tours. According to “paranormal investigators” the House of Pain has  a history of ghost activity.

The Rochester Dental Dispensary, established by George Eastman was eventually  renamed the Eastman Institute for Oral Health and is now located on the University of Rochester Medical Center campus.

For information, tickets and more, see the House of Pain website.

Pediatric Dental Residents and Faculty

August 14, 2009

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has updated the following policies and guidelines:

Eastman Dental Clinics in Europe

June 16, 2009

Bibby Library Launches New Archival Exhibit

We are pleased to bring you a collection of images depicting George Eastman’s establishment of dental clinics in London, Paris, Rome, Brussels and Stockholm during the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Eastman Dental BrusselsSimilar in architecture and purpose, the clinics illustrate Eastman’s desire for  indigent children to have access to dental treatment and to be taught preventive care.

Eastman’s representative and the first director of the Rochester Dental Dispensary, Dr. Harvey Burkhart, and his family traveled to Europe frequently during this time and often met with royalty and other foreign dignitaries.

The collection may be viewed at the Bibby library website.  Print images are stored in the Bibby archives for preservation.

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