Dental Articulators Archive Collection
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry is home to a large, historic collection of vintage and contemporary dental articulators, including several that are unique. The collection has been on display at the School of Dentistry since 1955. Articulators are singular indicators of the nature of the changes and progress of dental instrumentation due the profession's better understanding of mandibular movement and occlusion over the past 175 years, and as such, they are important historical artifacts. Among the names associated with these devices are Bonwill, Coble, DiPietro, Fournet, Gambill, Granger, Gritman, Guichet, Gysi, Hagman, Hall, Hanau, Hayes, Homer, House, Kelly, Kerr, McCollum, Monson, Needles, Page, Phillips, Priest, S.S. White, Snow, Stanley, Stansbery, Stuart, Swanson and Wipf, Terrell and Wadsworth.
In 2002, the School of Dentistry was awarded a TexTreasures Grant (8713-03057) from the Texas State Libraries and Archives Commission to photograph and record digital video of these articulators and to catalog them. This website presents these images with corresponding annotations and bibliographic records. Links are available to applicable US patents that can be accessed by number.
The original School of Dentistry project featuring 62 articulators was a joint effort of Dr. Edgar N. Starcke; Leah Krevit, director of library services; Brian Schnupp, senior graphic designer; Arturo Rodriguez, photographer; Darrel Gonzales, Supervisor, AV services; and George Rogers, webmaster; with support from Dr. David Taylor and Dr. Karen Storthz, who was associate dean for research at the time.