The Institute of Dental History and Craniofacial Study (IDHCS) maintains five collections to support the preservation and study of dental history, craniofacial biology and evolution.
Researchers interested in growth and development, and in comparative studies, are encouraged to examine the more than 1,400 human crania available in the Spencer R. Atkinson Library of Applied Anatomy collection.
The P&S Comparative Anatomy collection, consisting of some 600 skulls of fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, provides evidence of the astounding similarities and differences in the anatomy and function of animal teeth.
Artifacts from the A.W. Ward Museum of Dentistry and the College of Physicians and Surgeons Historical Society collections, respectively documenting the history of general dentistry and that of the "old school," can be viewed in special display cases in the dental school and the California Pacific Medical Center's Health Sciences Library across the street.
The James A. Campbell Jr. Dental Radiology collection contains glassplate X-rays, radiology journals and early X-ray equipment.
Access to the IDHCS's various collections is by special appointment only.
A small endowment and private contributions currently help support the IDHCS. Donations are gratefully accepted.
For more information or to make an appointment, please contact:
Dr. Dorothy Dechant, Museum Curator
Institute of Dental History and Craniofacial Study
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
2155 Webster Street, Room 406
San Francisco, CA 94115