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A Finding Aid for the Manor Family Collection 1942-1985

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Manor Family Collection

Creator: Manor, Richard C. and Cox, Debra.

Dates: 1942-1985

Abstract: The Manor Family Collection documents the dental technology programs at Ferris State College. Dr. Richard C. Manor was a professor of Dental Laboratory Technology of the College of Allied Health at Ferris State University from 1965 to 1979. The collection includes dental technology books, brochures, and manuals as well as miscellaneous dental instrumentation. Debra Manor Cox was the daughter of Richard and student of Dentistry in the 1980s at Ferris State University and donated some of her dental tools.

Language: English

Quantity: 1.7 cubic feet; 3 boxes

Identification: UA 23.5.50

Repository: Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program

Historical Note

Dr. Richard C. Manor was a professor of Dental Laboratory Technology of the College of Allied Health at Ferris State University from 1965 to 1979. He attended the University of Detroit and graduated from the Kerpel School of Dental Technology. In the letter to the Board about his hiring, President Victor Spathelf, notes that he was a rare combination of a lab technician who also had formal schooling. Prior to his hire, he had also worked for twelve years in the Army as a dental laboratory technician. Manor went on to lead the Dental Technology programs at Ferris and help to further professionalize the field- leading to many more dental technicians who had that critical combination of formal training and practical experience.

Manor had a strong interest in the instrumentation and creation of molds. In addition to his work with the American Dental Association, he holds a patent on a simulated dentition tool (US 3780439).

Debra Manor Cox was the daughter of Richard and a dental student at Ferris State University in the 1980s. Some of the materials in the collection were used by her as part of her coursework. She later returned to Ferris State University as department head of the Education and Career Counseling Center and is a licensed professional counselor.

Scope and Content Note

The Manor Family Collection provides a window into the types of activities and resources used by the Dental Technology program during the 1970s and 1980s. The collection is basically divided into two sections: dental technology resources and artifacts. The collection contains dental technology books, brochures, and manuals as well as miscellaneous dental artifacts used by Dr. Manor in his field. A second possible name for the second series rather than artifacts would be dental instruments, for that is what much of the collection contains. At that time the technology programs included the making of molds and false teeth. Manor was an instructor in this area. Box 3 contains an original box of student tools used by his daughter in the program in the 1980s.


This collection consists of two series: 1. Dental Care Resources and 2. Artifacts.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Ferris State University Archives and Records Management Program. 1 May 2009.


Footnotes and bibliographic references should use the following format:
[Item], Folder, Box. Ferris Heritage Lecture Collection. Ferris State University Archives. Big Rapids, Michigan.

Conditions Governing Access note

The Manor Family Collection is open to all researchers in accordance with the University Archives and Records Management access policies. Copyright to the Manor Family Collection has not been transferred to Ferris State University. Copyrights to materials found in the collection are held by Debra Cox, Big Rapids, Michigan.

Conditions Governing Use note

This collection is open for research. Reproduction is allowed with permission of the University Archivist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Manor Family Collection was donated by Debra Cox, of Big Rapids, Michigan to the University Archives on October 22, 2003.

Processing Information note

The Richard C. Manor Collection was processed to the folder level by Caitlin Hutchison in April 2009. A finding aid was prepared in a word processing format and converted to EAD 2.0, utilizing the Archivist Toolkit. A collection level MARC-format record was prepared and placed in the library online public access catalog. Description was based on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2004).

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

Personal Name(s)

Related Materials

None specified.

Physical and Technical Requirements Note

This collection consists of paper based materials and artifacts. No specialized software or hardware is required for viewing.

Collection Inventory

Series 1. Dental care resources. 1942-1985.

Arrangement note

This series is arranged alphabetically by author name and/or type of material.

Scope and Contents Note

This series consists of secondary resources on dental care used by Richard Manor in his courses taught at Ferris State University. It includes published books, manuals and catalogs.

Contents Box Folder

Anonymous. Dental Anatomy. Vol. III. Book. 1966

1 1

American Dental Association. Guide to Dental Materials and Devices. Book. 1974

1 2

Article reprints from journals. Includes 1979 issue of Quintessence of Dental Technology. 1951-1979

1 3

Boucher, Carl. Swenson's Complete Dentures. Book. 1964

1 4

Brochures; supply/equipment catalogs. 1955-1985

1 5

Department of the Air Force. Dental Technicians' Manual. Book. 1958

1 6

J.F. Jelenko and Company. Crown and Bridge Construction. Book. 1958

1 7

J.F. Jelenko and Company. Dental Technology Reference for Fixed Restorations. Book. 1983

1 8

J.M. Ney Company. Planned Partials. Book. 1959

1 9

Martinelli, Nicholas. Dental Laboratory Technology. Book 1970

1 10

Myerson's self-care resin instructions. Undated

1 11

Permar, Dorothy. Oral Embryology and Microscopic Anatomy. Book. 1967

1 12

Photograph of dental hygiene program at Ferris. Undated.

1 13

Rothstein, Robert. History of Dental Laboratories and their Contributions to Dentistry. Book. 1958

1 14

Roydhouse, R.H. Materials in Dentistry: A Discussion for the Users of Dental Materials. Book. 1962

1 15

Technician manuals. Distributed by dental companies. 1948-1979

1 16

Tylman, Stanley. Theory and Practice of Crown and Bridge Prosthodontics. Book. 1964

1 17

War Department. Technical Manual: Dental Technicians. Book. 1942

1 18

Series 2. Artifacts. 1.7 Cubic feet.

Arrangement note

This series is arranged in no specific order, other than that which allowed it to fit into specified containers.

Scope and Contents note

This series contained instrumentation used both by Richard Manor as an instructor in the Dental program, and his daughter Debi Manor Cox, a student in the program during the early eighties. Most instruments are not dated and were identified with the help of the donor.

There are ear, nose, jaw, and eye molds that were used as part of the Dental Laboratory Technology Program at Ferris State University, as well as articulators used to test molds that were made. In Box 2, is a Porcelain Teeth Mold/Selector Kit used by Dr. Cox to determine what teeth molds should be used to match the patient. In Box 3 is a dental kit containing various tools, such as probes, scalers, mirrors, cotton pliers, explorers, gracies, hemostats, dental gels, polishers, a prophy cup holder, dappen dishes, a metal floss holder, and dental bib clips, which are dated from the 1980s when Debra studied dentistry at Ferris State University.

Contents Box Folder/drawer

Miscellaneous mouth plates and eye molds. Undated

2 1

Miscellaneous nose and ear molds. Undated

2 2

Simplex 2000 Articulator Conversion Kit; Unnamed articulators. 1982.

2 3

Simplex 2000 Articulator Model A. 1982. 1982.

2 4

Porcelain Teeth Mold/Selector Kit. Universal Dental Company. Undated.

2 5

Dental Kit. Various cotton pliers, explorers, gracies, hemostats, mirrors, probes, and scalers. Undated

3 1

Manor, Richard C. Dental kit. Various dental gels, polishers, prophy cup holder, and dappen dishes. Undated

3 2

Dental kit. Various polishers, a metal floss holder, and dental bib clips. Undated

3 3