Frederick C. Elliott, DDS papers

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MS 071

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Frederick C. Elliott, DDS papers


  • 1896-1987 (Creation)


11 cubic feet (19 boxes)

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Biographical history

Dr. Frederick C. Elliott was born in Pittsburg, Kansas on October 26, 1893. He worked for a short time as a pharmacist.

In 1918, he received his doctorate in dentistry from Kansas City Dental College. The following year he taught at the same institution as an instructor of Histology and Clinical Dentistry. For the next four years, 1919-1923 he served as Professor of General and Dental Pathology and eventually Superintendent of Clinics at Kansas City-Western Dental College. Dr. Elliott accepted the position of Superintendent of Clinics in 1928 at the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry. In that same year on April 28 he married Ann Orr.

Houston became Dr. Elliott's home in 1932 when he accepted a Professorship of Dental Prosthesis and Deanship at the Texas Dental College. He was instrumental in getting the Texas Dental College to become part of the University of Texas System. From 1943 to 1952 he served in both academic and administrative posts in the University's School of Dentistry.

Dr. Elliott's vision, dedication and perserverance were instrumental in the growth and development of the Texas Medical Center. He campaigned tirelessly on behalf of the Dental Branch and the Texas Medical Center. Under his leadership as Executive Director and Secretary of the Board of Directors, 1952-1963 over $120 million dollars of capital improvements were planned and completed. Even after his retirement Dr. Elliott continued to lend support and encouragement to the Texas Medical Center.

Dr. Elliott wrote and spoke extensively on the University of Texas System and the Texas Medical Center. In the 1950s and 60s Dr. Elliott, Dr. James P. Hollers and others were active participants in the structuring of the South Texas Medical Center in San Antonio.

In addition to his administrative and teaching responsibilities Dr. Elliott was an active member in many professional associations and organizations, including : American Dental Association, Tennessee State Dental Association, Houston District Dental Society - Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science - Fellow, Texas Academy of Science, Texas State Dental Society, Federation Dentaire Internationale, International Association for Dental Research. He also lent his energies and expertise to government service, civic and business organizations and hospitals.

Dr. Elliott has received numerous awards, honors and citations. The William John Gies Award (1973) from the American College of Dentists, the Gold Medal Award from the Pierre Fauchard Academy (1960), Dentist of the Century in commemoration of the Houston District Dental Society Centennial on May 16, 1959 are just a few of his earned distinctions.

Dr. Elliott was a deeply religious and patriotic individual. His concern for humanity fueled his efforts for excellence in teaching and health care systems. On December 31, 1986 the Texas Medical Center lost one of its most industrious founders

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Scope and content

The Dr. Frederick C. Elliott Papers document Dr. Elliot's leadership roles in the University of Texas Dental Branch and Texas Medical Center, as well as other aspects of his career and personal life. It includes his manuscript on the History of the Texas Medical Center, along with recorded interviews and transcripts.

The collection documents Dr. Elliott's career through committee and administrative reports, correspondence, legal papers, and legislative material. Also included are scrapbooks, personal memos, manuscripts, photographs, and audio tapes. There are copies of a number of Dr. Elliot's speeches, as well as materials relating to honors he received.

System of arrangement

Note: there is no box 4 in this collection.

This collection is arranged into the following series:
Series I: Biographical and Personal
Series II: Professional Career
Series III: University of Texas
Series IV: Texas Medical Center
Series V: Texas Lutheran College
Series VI: Manuscripts and Transcripts
Series VII: Photographs and Audiovisual

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Conditions governing access

Material is open for research.

Physical access

Some material, including Graduation Apparel, was lost in a 2001 flood. The remaining materials in the collection are in good condition.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright restrictions may apply. Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the repository, McGovern Historical Center.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Immediate source of acquisition

This material was donated by Mrs. Ann Elliott in 1988.

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  • Citation: Frederick C. Elliott, DDS papers, MS 071; McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.
  • Processing information: Original finding aid prepared by Margaret A. Irwin.
  • Processing information: Folder inventory prepared by Gina Leonard, July 2021.
  • Processing information: Inventory reviewed and uploaded by Matt Richardson, September 2021. Revisions were made to the Scope and Contents notes at the Collection and Series levels. Date and Extent were also updated based on the new inventory. During re-processing, the old Series VIII: Awards, Certificates, and Oversize was combined with Series II: Professional Career. The old Series VII: Graduation Apparel was removed, as these materials were lost in flooding. Note: there is no box 4 in the collection.

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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard).

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Archivist's note

Original finding aid prepared by Margaret A. Irwin. Updates by Gina Leonard, July 2021, and Matt Richardson, September 2021.

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