Founded in 1938 by the dental school's faculty historian, Dr. Harold Faggart, D.D.S., the collection features some of the finest museum quality dental antiquities in the country, ranging in date from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Highlights of the collection are currently on permanent display in the Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Weaver III Historical Dental Museum, on the third floor of the dental school. The museum exhibition celebrates the long, distinguished history from which the Kornberg School of Dentistry evolved, featuring a rich array of unique dental artifacts that also present the history of dentistry in America.
The exhibition displays include the recreation of a nineteenth-century Victorian dental office, outfitted with period objects and furniture, as well as a richly varied collection of photographs, dental instrument and equipment displays, and the personal possessions of former dental school students, faculty, and alumni. Here one can trace the beginnings of dentistry in America through three generations of dentists from Josiah Flagg's Revolutionary War-era practice to his grandson J. Foster Flagg, who in 1863 was one of the founders and a member of the faculty of the Philadelphia Dental College, the second oldest dental college in the country, which merged with Temple in 1907. Temple's dental school history is evoked throughout the museum exhibition in depictions of dental educational techniques, photographs of student laboratories, clinics, and operatories, highlighting the contributions of Temple alumni and faculty to the advancement of dental education and to the growth of the dental profession.