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Dr. Burr Bannister Dental Report

 Item — Box: 1 of 1
Identifier: RH-A-4297

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of a single document from approximately 1900 concerning the dental information of Daisey Hoffman from the dental office of Dr. Burr Bannister (1837-1916) in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The front of the document includes information on the office of Dr. Bannister, and information on the patient, Miss Daisey Hoffman. Underneath the name of Dr. Bannister is a printed dental char, marked in pen on significant areas of the patent. The remainder of the document is written in black ink and details the date, class of work, attending dentist, and the amount due for dental work, this information is difficult to read. The backside of the document is empty except for the name of the patient written in black ink.


  • approximately 1900


Biographical / Historical

Burr Bannister was born in 1837 in New York to Harwood and Elsa Boyd Bannister. He received his education at Rochester and Lima in New York before coming briefly to Michigan in 1855. From there he moved to Richmond, Virginia where he lived when the Civil War broke out. Dr. Bannister, a practicing dentist at the time, joined the Confederate army in 1861 at the age of 24. In 1862 at Fort Donelson he was captured and sent to camp Douglas near Chicago where he was held for over eight months. After his release he moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan and opened his own dentistry practice in rooms 4 and 5 Chase Block Kalamazoo, Michigan. He contributed further to the field of dentistry when he and George F. Green patented an automatic tooth plugger in 1867. Along with his dentistry practice he had the Kalamazoo Emery Wheel Company which accumulated significant wealth, making Dr. Bannister a prominent member of the community. In 1864 he married his wife Lucy Bannister, together they had two children named Guy and Walter. Guy went on to become a dentist like his father, and took over the dentistry business in Kalamazoo after his father passed away in 1916.


.05 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

This collection is composed of a single piece of paper from the office of Dr. B. Bannister. The paper occupies 0.05 cubic feet of space and measures 8” by 5”. The document is significantly yellowed and shows sign of wear damage along fold lines, which formerly folded the paper into sixths. The document is fragile and should be handled with care.

Dr. Burr Bannister Dental Report
Stephanie Chapman
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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