Author Biographical Info

Thomas Davidson Dow, DDS was a Michigan dentist who built an extensive collection of books on dentistry and the records of state dental societies. Dr. Dow was born in Ontario in 1876. He graduated from the University of Michigan dental school in 1900 and went on the practice in Stanton, Michigan until his retirement in 1947. He served as historian for the Michigan State Dental Association, publishing numerous articles in its Journal, and receiving the Association's Centennial Award in 1956. See more at


MS 241

Publication Date(s)

October 11, 2022




Dentistry, correspondence, bibliographies


This collection contains materials related to Thomas D. Dow's collecting of books and journals on dentistry. Correspondence and book lists make up the bulk of the materials, which date from 1884-1944. See more at MS 241.


In 1960, following Dr. Dow's death, the University of Texas Dental Branch (UTDB) Library purchased his collection of dental books and journals.

In 2010, Dr. Dow’s collection and other historical books on dentistry were transferred from the University of Texas Dental Branch to The TMC Library. It is presumed that the correspondence and other materials in this small archival collection accompanied the larger book collection.



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