The dental history collections of the IDHCS contain over 2000 accessioned documents, photographs and artifacts acquired through in-kind donations from alumni of the dental school and other interested parties.
Due to space restrictions in the new Fifth Street building, the IDHCS cannot accept in-kind donations, such as those listed below, to the Ward Museum of Dentistry:
Large Dental Operatory and Lab Pieces: Chairs, dental units, X-ray units, cabinets, distributing panels, photographic units, desks, storage cabinets, lab benches, foot powered drills
Medium-Sized Equipment: Furnaces, compressors, casting machines, vulcanizers, vacuum pumps, anesthetic devices, sterilizers, dental engines, lamps, cameras, X-ray tubes, spittoons, amalgamators, swages, die plates, crown presses, denture presses, articulators, mold or shade guides, dental porcelain crowns, tooth forms
To complement the Ward Museum's existing collections, the IDHCS will continue to accept donations of dentures, instruments, toothbrushes and other small period pieces for future displays. Acceptance of these pieces will be based on photographs previewed by the curator prior to donation. Documents and photographs relating to the history of the school and its graduates are welcome donations, as we continue building the College of Physicians and Surgeons Historical Society Collection. (As an alternative to donation, the Institute will return to its owners any documents or photos loaned to us for scanning.)
All acquisitions are to be outright and unconditional. Federal law prevents the IDHCS from providing identification services or appraisal values for donated items. Donors are responsible for appraisals of value.
Upon receipt, the donation will be examined and described for accessioning purposes in an Accession Record. The donor will receive a copy of the Accession Record containing the following:
All donations to the IDHCS are irrevocable upon their formal and physical transfer to the IDHCS.