Dr. Clifton Orrin Dummett papers
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Dr. Clifton Orrin Dummett papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Dummett, Clifton O., (Clifton Orrin)
Title: Dr. Clifton Orrin Dummett papers
Dates: 1950-1992
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection contains: One (1) book entitled, Charles Edwin Bentley, A Model For All Times: The Biography of the Father of the Oral Hygiene Movement in the United States by Clifton O. Dummett and Lois Doyle Dummett (U.S.A. : North Central Publishing Company, 1982); Four(4) copies of Invitation cards; Fifteen (15) copies of Journal articles by Dr. Clifton O. Dummett; Four (4) documents written about Dr. Clifton O. Dummett on matters related to the dental profession in general and the African-American role in the field; One (1) book by Dr. Clifton O. Dummett, titled Reflections on a Passing Era.
Identification: aarl097-014

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Clifton Orrin Dummett was born May 20, 1919, in Georgetown, Guyana; married Lois Maxine Doyle. He went to College at Roosevelt University in 1941 where he graduated with BS degree, and later obtaining DDS and MSD from Northwestern University in 1942. While at University of Michigan as a Julius Rosenwald Fund Fellow he obtained MPH degree in Public Health.

Dr. Clifton O. Dummett is a specialist in periodontics and oral health, an outstanding clinician, a superior investigator, a superb teacher, and an able administrator. He was professor and chairman of the department of periodontics oral diagnosis, chairman dental and administrator of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, Tennessee, from 1942-1947 and Dean from 1947-1949. From 1946-1965 he was Chief Dental Service VA Hospital in Alabama and VA Research Hospital Chicago from 1965-1966. Director Health Center--Watts Health Center, from 1966-1968. Professor and chairman department of community dentistry, also associate dean external affairs University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1968.

According to scholars in this field, it is impossible to conduct a study of this topic — periodontics and oral health, without the works of Clifton Orrin Dummett. Dr. Dummett is still an active writer on this topic, an amazing fact considering he has been writing about the role of African Americans in dentistry for over fifty years now. In the 1949 biography, they announce that he has resigned his post as Dean of the Department of Dentistry at Meharry. At the time he accepted that post, he was the youngest Dean ever of a school of Dentistry. Following this period in his life, Dr. Dummett went on to receive several honors, not the least of which was his term as President of the International Association of Dental Research, the first black person to hold this honor.

Dr. Clifton Orrin Dummett, eminent scholar, historian, teacher and author is credited for preserving the history of African Americans in dentistry.


Scope and Content Note

The collection contains: One (1) book entitled, Charles Edwin Bentley, A Model For All Times: The Biography of the Father of the Oral Hygiene Movement in the United States by Clifton O. Dummett and Lois Doyle Dummett (U.S.A.: North Central Publishing Company, 1982); Four(4) copies of Invitation cards; Fifteen (15) copies of Journal articles by Dr. Clifton O. Dummett; Four (4) documents written about Dr. Clifton O. Dummett on matters related to the dental profession in general and the African-American role in the field; One (1) book by Dr. Clifton O. Dummett, titled Reflections on a Passing Era.


Arrangement

Series I: "Charles Edwin Bentley a Model for All Times"

Series II: Four invitation cards.

Series III: Fifteen (15) copies of Journal articles written by Dr. Clifton O. Dummet

Series IV: Four(4) documents written about Dr. Clifton O. Dummett

Series V: "Reflection on a Passing Era"


Index Terms

African American dentists--History.
African American dentists.
Bentley, Charles Edwin, 1859-1929
Dummett, Clifton O., (Clifton Orrin)
Dummett, Lois Doyle

Administrative Information

Provenance

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, Archives Division received Dr. Clifton O. Dummett's papers as a gift from Mrs. Roberta D. Williams and was forwarded to the Archives through Mrs. Alice H. Washington.

Processing Information

Processed by Okezie E. Amalaha. Completed on 2003


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

This collection is available for use only on the second floor (Archives Division) of the Auburn Avenue Research Library. There are no restrictions on research use of the collection, but permission must be obtained for reproductions of materials for which the Research Library does not hold copyright to researcher only for "Fair Use" as defined in the copyright law (Title 17, United States Code). Also permission must be obtained to publish reproductions from materials for which the Research Library does hold copyright for one time use only.


Container List

 

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11 Charles Edwin Bentley: A Model for All Times, [1982]
Charles Edwin Bentley a Model for All Times, one of the books written by Dr. Clifton O. Dummett portends to the biographical information of Charles Edwin Bentley as the Father of the Oral Hygiene Movement in the United States.
 
2Four copies of Invitation Cards, [1950-1952, 1992]
Four invitation cards; one was invitation extended to Dr.Clifton O. Dummett, April 3-7, 1950, by The John A. Andrew Clinical Society in cooperation with The Dental Service of the Veterans Hospital, Tuskegee, Alabama. Second card an invitation April 9, 1951, by The Dental Service Veterans Administration Hospital, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Third card an invitation to the Dental Service Veterans Administration Hospital, Public Meeting, Sunday, March 16, 1952, in Tuskegee, Alabama and the fourth card an invitation, Friday, May 22, 1992, for the dedication ceremony of Meharry School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
3Fifteen copies of Journal articles written by Dr. Clifton O. Dummett
The fifteen (15) copies of Journal articles written by Dr. Clifton O. Dummet, includes an article on " Oral Pigmentation-Physiologic and Pathologic," article on " Ethics and bioethics in Dentistry," articles about " The AFDE Scholarship Program for Negro Students," article about " Social Concern of American's Black Dentists," article about " Changing Attitude Toward Orofacial Tattoos," article about Adolph Louis Hymans -- Innovator in Public Health Pedodontic -- First Black Honoree," article on " Community Dentistry, article on Oral Pigmentation in Canis Familiaris," article on " Community Dentistry's Contributions to Oral Care of the Aged and Patients in Terminal Illness," article on " The Role of Educational Institutions in the Delivery of Dental Services," article on " Dental Health Problems of the Geriatric Population," article on " Chronological Sequence of Events Relating to Dentistry in the Afro-American Population (1963-1970)," article on " Dental Health Problems of the Negro Population," article on " Normal Pigmentations of the Oral Soft Tissues" and article on " The Negro in Dental Education: A Review of Important Occurrences."
 
4Four documents written about Dr. Clifton O. Dummett, [1963, n.d]
The four(4) documents written about Dr. Clifton O. Dummett portends to his contributions in the field dentistry. One newspaper article showing Dr. Clifton O. Dummett being presented with, in 1963, William J. Gies Award by the American Association of Dental Editors. One article profiling him as Vice President for the United States for American Public Health Association and recognizing his distinguished career and his effort in health care in the United States, another article profiling him as senior member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science and co-authored Culture and Education in Dentistry at Northwestern University, a history of the dental profession in the Midwest.. Another article profiling him as a distinguished Practitioner in the N.A. P. in dentistry and Emeritus Professor of Dentistry, University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
 
5 Reflection on a Passing Era, [1980]
Reflection on a Passing Era, a book written, April 1, 1980, by Dr. Clifton O. Dummett is a Compilation of Editorials from the National Dental Association from 1953 to 1975.