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B. F. (Tod) Dewel Papers

Identifier: RG99.0216

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Scope and Contents

The papers of B. F. (Tod) Dewel document his education in orthodontics and his interest in the history of the College of Dentistry. The collection includes correspondence, teaching material and alumni lists. About half of the collection consists of course notebooks Dewel made while earning his D.D.S. degree at SUI in the early 1920s.


  • Creation: 1920-1992


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Burl Francis Dewel was born in Burt, Iowa, on September 28, 1902, and graduated from Algona High School. He entered the State University of Iowa College of Dentistry in fall 1920 and received the D.D.S. degree in June 1925.

Dewel worked at SUI as a demonstrator, or teaching assistant, to the head of orthodontics, Dr. J. Elon Rose, from July 1925 through 1929. He began his private practice in orthodontia, which he maintained for fifty years, in Evanston, Illinois, in 1929. Dewel also taught part time at Northwestern University. He served on the American Board of Orthodontics and was editor-in-chief of the American Journal Of Orthodontics from 1969 to 1979. He established the first professorship in Dentistry at the University of Iowa in 1988 with a substantial gift. B. F. Dewel died on October 6, 1999 in Evanston, Illinois.

Dewel was one of several in his family with ties to the State University of Iowa. His father, William Cornelius Dewel, graduated from SUI in 1896 and was editor-in-chief of the Hawkeye class annual in 1895. Later, he was the editor and publisher of the Kossuth County Advance newspaper in Algona. Dewel's older brother, Duane, later became the editor and owner of the Advance. His youngest brother, Robert, graduated from the SUI College of Dentistry in 1942.


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College of Dentistry graduate and teaching assistant who endowed the first chair in dentistry in 1988. Correspondence and course notebooks regarding dental education and history.

Method of Acquisition

The Papers of B. F. (Tod) Dewel were donated to the University of Iowa Archives by Nellie W. Kremenak in April 2001. Guide posted to the Internet in June 2010.

Related Materials

Folder, "Dewel, B. F. (Tod)," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003)

Records of the College of Dentistry (RG08.0001.001)

Papers of Frederick D. Francis (RG99.0210)

Dewel, B. F. Midcentury Orthodontics. 1941-1981. [Bound collection of 78 offprints of articles]. Hardin Rare Book RK521.D39.

Kremenak, Nellie W., and Samir E. Bishara. The History of the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Iowa. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 1987.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242