Guide to the Charles H. Land Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0834
Creators:
Science, Medicine and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).
Land, Charles H., 1847-1922
Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974
Dates:
1860-1957
Languages:
English
Some materials in French and German.
Physical Description:
0.5 Cubic feet
1 box, 1 oversized folder
Repository:
The collection documents inventor and dentist Charles H. Land and consists of correspondence, financial records, patent records, articles, printed material, writings, sermons and photographs.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of correspondence, financial records, patent records, articles, printed material, writings, sermons and photographs documenting the inventor and dentist Charles H. Land. The correspondence includes one letter written to Dr. Land, but the majority were written after Dr. Land's death and deal primarily with honors bestowed upon him and the Charles H. Land Museum. Two letters are in German. The financial materials consist of dental fees information and invoices from Baker & Company Gold, Silver and Platinum Refiners and Buffalo Dental Manufacturing Company. The patent records contain United States, Canadian, and French patents issued to Dr. Land. The writings deal exclusively with notes and letters written by Charles H. Land, Jr. in 1957. The notes describe issues surrounding the dental field. The sermons, 1860-1863, have no identified author, but three of the six sermons have titles:
A.U. The Memory of a Christian Departed
,
P.U. Godly Sorrow
, and
National Thanksgiving
. There are four photographs, two of which show Dr. Land working.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is divided into eight series.
Series 1, Biographical Materials, 1909-1915
Series 2, Correspondence, 1898-1956
Series 3, Financial Materials, 1872-1891
Series 4, Patent Records, 1877-1914
Subseries 4.1, United States Patents, 1877-1914
Subseries 4.2, Canadian and French Patents, 1887-1894
Series 5, Articles and Printed Materials, 1905-1956
Series 6, Writing of C.H. Land, Jr., 1957
Series 7, Sermons, 1860-1863
Series 8, Photographs, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Charles H. Land (1847-1922) was born in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. Educated in New York, Land studied dentistry under J.B. Meacham of Canada and from 1864-1866 joined the offices of Drs. Sherwood, Haskell and Allport in Chicago, Illinois. From 1871 until his death in 1922, Land practiced dentistry in Detroit, Michigan. In 1875, he married Evangeline Lodge of Detroit and had two children, Charles H., Jr., and Evangeline. Land originated the "Land System of Dentistry" which included many of his patented processes, especially the adaptation of porcelain to dental restorations. Many of his patents deal with devices to aid porcelain work.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Alison L. Oswald, archivist, May, 2003.
Author
Alison L. Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Charles A. Lindbergh, 1965.
Custodial History: The Division of Science, Medicine and Society transferred the collection to the Archives Center in 2003.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Researchers must use reference copies of audiovisual materials.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Preferred Citation
Charles H. Land Papers, dates, Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Keywords
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Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives