Records of the Glasgow Odontological Society

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minute books 1902-1984; rules and bye-laws 1902-c.1938; dinner menus 1934-2001; Transactions, 1922-1924, commemorative album 1959-1999, obituary for John Campbell d.1974.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Glasgow Odontological Society owes its origins to a meeting of eight dentists in March 1902 at the Bath Hotel in Glasgow. After "heated discussion" the name, Odontoblasts Club, was adopted. The membership was initially limited to fifteen, all of whom were to be Licentiates in Dental Surgery of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Only those qualified after the first of January 1900 were eligible to join. Meetings were to be monthly on the third Tuesday of each month from September to April (later changed to March). By September 1903 the Club agreed to widen the membership. A special meeting was held on 27th October 1903 at the Dental Hospital , 15 Dalhousie Street, Garnethill to consider the advisability of having, in Glasgow, a Society devoted to the interests of the Dental profession. As a consequence of this meeting, membership was widened to those who held a Licentiate in Dental Surgery regardless of where they qualified and the name of the group was changed to the Odontoblasts Society. The name was further changed in November 1903 to the Glasgow Odontological Society. A golf section was formed in 1908. The Odontological Prize was created in 1910. By this date there were 73 members and an average attendance of 24. In 1911 a library was inaugurated with £20 worth of books purchased in the first year. In 1952 the council decided to asssemble a collection of photographs of each member who had served as president and to ask future presidents to provide a photograph for this collection. The album for mounting these photographs was made by a grateful patient. Today the membership of the society fluctuates between 150 and 200, with an average attendance at meetings of from 30 to 40 members.


Arranged chronologically within record series.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to some items may be restricted. Please contact the Archivist at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Acquisition Information

On loan from members of the Glasgow Odontological Society.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list and index to minute books available at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Archivist. We will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Appraisal Information

Appraised in accordance with GB 250's collection policy.

Custodial History

Various items held at Glasgow Dental Hospital.


Not expected.

Related Material

Glass goblets 2002.5

Location of Originals

This material is original.


"An Odontolgical Centenary" by Dr Henry Noble in History of Dentistry Research Group Newsletter, October 2002.