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Kentucky Dental Association records

Identifier: 1988_062-UA
This collection contains records of the Kentucky Dental Association from 1865 to 1991. They include the constitution, by-laws, minutes, financial and legal material, committee records, executive board materials, insurance and membership files, annual conference records, and legislative concerns. Some membership files are restricted. Additional records received in 2005 include materials on legislative issues, films and public education materials, and diplomas. Additional materials received in 2013 include eight video interviews with former KDA presidents, a DVD commemorating the association's centennial, three audio cassettes (1977, 1987, 1988) of House of Delegate proceedings and speeches as well as three copies of the "Dental Brief" journal (1899, 1901, 1902).


  • 1865-2020
  • Majority of material found within 1865-1986


Conditions Governing Access

Fifteen files of the KDA archives are restricted; each is identified in this finding aid and on the file folder.

To protect the right to privacy of individuals documented in these restricted files, access will not be granted to a researcher other than authorized representatives of the Kentucky Dental Association until the death of the individuals whose names are recorded in these restricted files or until the year 2050.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in the Kentucky Dental Association Records have not been transferred to the University of Louisville.


54 linear feet

Organizational history

The Kentucky Dental Association (formerly the Kentucky State Dental Association, 1860-1861, 1870-1957) was first organized in 1860. The members held two meetings in 1860 and 1861, but the Civil War curtailed further organization. The association was revived in the spring of 1870 and incorporated at that time by the state legislature. By December, 1870, a constitution and rules of order were adopted, and the first formal business meeting was held in Louisville under the new guidelines on February 7 and 8, 1871.

In the beginning, the members held monthly meetings, but soon the group adopted a yearly meeting format. According to early minutes, members operated an infirmary in Louisville and meetings included demonstrations and discussions on dental procedures and problems. By the late 1970s, the annual meeting lasted several days with member dentists from all parts of Kentucky in attendance. Participants read papers and discussed educational standards for the profession. In 1900, district societies, which had been formed earlier, joined the state organization. At the turn of the century some members worked toward affiliation with the national organization, but it was not until 1914 when the Kentucky State Dental Association voted to become a constitute society of the National Dental Association, the fore-runner of the American Dental Association. The 1920s and 1930s constituted a period of consolidation and growth of the organization. Regional societies were reorganized and the Kentucky State Dental Society was modeled after the national group.

In search of a more professional outlook, the state organization began the production of a regular quarterly bulletin in 1946; two years later this publication evolved into a quarterly journal under the editorship of Dr. Joe Jones, Jr. At that time the members considered the employment of an executive secretary and voted to set aside money for a permanent home. In 1948 Alvin Bartley "Bing" Coxwell, Jr. (1913-1979) was elected secretary-treasurer of the Kentucky State Dental Association. For several years he conducted the business of the association from his dental office, but in the mid 1950s, the organization moved to rented space at 2208 Dundee Road in Louisville. A fund drive, which had begun in 1961, resulted in a permanent home for the organization with the purchase of a building at 1940 Princeton Drive, Louisville, in 1966. Dr. Coxwell became the full-time secretary-treasurer and executive secretary in 1960. His title was later changed to executive director and he served in the dual capacity until his retirement in 1978. Dr. Theodore E. Logan, Sr. (1922-) succeeded Coxwell with the title of executive director.

The archives of the Kentucky Dental Association were largely produced by Coxwell, Logan and their staff. The records reflect the role and scope of the Kentucky Dental Association, such as the activities of individual members, officers, executive boards, committees, their relationship with the American Dental Association, and the organization's lobbying efforts.

The historical records consist of twelve series with finding aids for each.


Kentucky Dental Association Records
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Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752
502 852-6673 (Fax)