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Peter J. Brekhus papers

Identifier: 689

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of material concerned with dental research, more specifically with Dr. Brekhus' study relative to the problem of dental caries. Items include correspondence from Guy Stanton Ford, reports and letter from colleagues and others.


  • 1921-1943


Language of Materials

English, Norwegian

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the Peter J. Brekhus papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Biographical Sketch of Peter J. Brekhus (1874-1951)

Peter John Brekhus was born in Sogndal, Norway in 1874 and immigrated to the United States at the age of 21. He attended Augsburg College (Minneapolis, MN) and received his dental training at the University of Minnesota's dental school. In 1911, he joined the faculty of the dental school at the University of Minnesota. He was later chair of the department of oral diagnosis. Dr. Brekhus retired as professor emeritus in 1932. He was well known for his research on dental caries (tooth decay) and was the recipient of the prestigious William J. Gies award, presented by the American College of Dentists for outstanding research in dentistry (1940). Peter Brekhus died in June 1951.


1 box (0.25 linear feet)


Collection contains the papers of Peter J. Brekhus, professor emeritus of oral diagnosis in the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota.

Other Finding Aid Available

A finding aid with a contents list is available in University Archives.

Related Materials in University of Minnesota Archives

Guy Stanton Ford papers

Wallace D. Armstrong papers

Peter J. Brekhus papers, 1921-1943
Archives Staff; updated by Karen Spilman
September 1958; May 2005
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