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Dr. Clifton Orrin Dummett papers

 Collection
Identifier: aarl097-014

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.

Dates

  • 1950-1992

Creator

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.

Historical Sketch

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.

Extent

0.5 Linear feet

Overview

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.

Series

  1. Series I: "Charles Edwin Bentley a Model for All Times"
  2. Series II: Four invitation cards.
  3. Series III: Fifteen (15) copies of Journal articles written by Dr. Clifton O. Dummet
  4. Series IV: Four(4) documents written about Dr. Clifton O. Dummett
  5. Series V: "Reflection on a Passing Era"

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
Title
Inventory of the Dr. Clifton Orrin Dummett Papers aarl097-014 aarl097-014
Author
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
Date
2004 September 15

Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

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