C. Edmund Kells papers, 1875-1930 | Louisiana Research Collection

By Jazmin Smith and Deborah Dixon

Collection Overview

Title: C. Edmund Kells papers, 1875-1930

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 281

Primary Creator: Kells, C. Edmund (Charles Edmund), b. 1856.

Extent: 2.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into 2 boxes and 1 oversize folder. It is 1.5 linear feet.

Subjects: Dental technology., Dentistry -- History -- United States., Dentists -- Louisiana -- New Orleans., Inventors -- United States -- History., Kells, C. Edmund (Charles Edmund), b. 1856., Louisiana -- History., New Orleans (La.) -- History., Teeth -- Radiography.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is composed primarily of the professional papers of Louisiana dentist and inventor, C. Edmund Kells, D.D.S. (1856-1928). Included are his printed patents with ribbons and seals, issued by the United States and by Canada, correspondence, printed material such as brochures and a few miscellaneous issues of dentistry journals, invitations, letterhead stationery, envelopes, business cards, calling cards, appointment cards, accounting sheets, checks, drawings of his inventions and the layout of his office in the Maison Blanche building in New Orleans, scrapbooks of clippings, programs, and photographs. The collection includes typed letters written after his death, concerning the creation of a Dental Museum.

Biographical Note

C. Edmund Kells was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Oct. 21, 1856, the son of dentist Charles E. Kells. He became a dentist, researcher, and inventor, best known for his pioneering work with x-rays. His experiments caused the loss of most of his left arm. He was very active professionally, being interested in various innovations in dental technology, as well as techniques of facial reconstruction. A printed photographic portrait of Dr. Kells appears in the program of a testimonial dinner in his honor given by the Odontographic Society of Chicago, 1926. Tulane University presented him with an honorary degree in 1927.

Subject/Index Terms

Dental technology.
Dentistry -- History -- United States.
Dentists -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Inventors -- United States -- History.
Kells, C. Edmund (Charles Edmund), b. 1856.
Louisiana -- History.
New Orleans (La.) -- History.
Teeth -- Radiography.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

Alternate Extent Statement: 1.5 linear feet

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: C. Edmund Kells papers, Manuscripts Collection 281, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid revised in October 2010 by Deborah Dixon.

Other Note: OCLC Number: 303704805

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Correspondence, patents, and programs, 1875 - 1930],
[Box 2: Scrapbook and printed material, 1912 - 1927],
[Oversize folder 1: Blueprints, 1930],

Box 1: Correspondence, patents, and programs, 1875 - 1930
Folder 1: Correspondence regarding museum, June - December 1930
Folder 2: Patents, June 8, 1880 - August 1, 1893
Folder 3: Patents, December 12, 1912 - December 9, 1913
Folder 4: Patents, October 20, 1914 - September 7, 1915
Folder 5: Patents, June 20, 1916 - June 6, 1922
Folder 6: Illustrations of Kells' inventions, February 8, 1915; April 10-11, 1916
Folder 7: Blueprint for arrangement of cases in Kells Museum, June 6, 1930
Folder 8: Patent applications written by others, March 8, 1875 - February 7, 1911
Folder 9: Journals, bulletins, and programs, March 1916 - October 1927
Box 2: Scrapbook and printed material, 1912 - 1927
Folder 1: Scrapbook of stationery used by Dr. Kells, 1921
Folder 2: Copy of charter of Kells Surgical Specialties Co. as printed in the Herald, July 16, 1916
Folder 3: Articles on evolution
Folder 4: Bulletin on Cretaceous mammal skulls in Mongolia, American Museum of Natural History, October 8, 1926
Folder 5: Programs of the Educational and Efficiency Society for Dental Assistants, May 1922 - January 1927
Also includes a copy of "Dental Items of Interest," June 1926 issue.
Folder 6: Honolulu Dental Infirmary bulletin, 1921 - 1922
Also includes a photograph of two little girls.
Folder 7: Invitations to and programs for banquets in honor of Dr. Kells and others, January 20, 1912 - December 6, 1927
Oversize folder 1: Blueprints, 1930

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