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December 01, 2017

New Thomas W. Evans Collection Exhibit Opens

Philadelphia — Artifacts from the collection of Dr. Thomas Evans, now a visible part of the fabric of Penn Dental Medicine, continue to illuminate the life and times of Dr. Evans, Penn Dental Medicine’s earliest benefactor, including his relationships with a host of artists and writers in 19th-century Paris.

A rotating exhibit within the main reading room of the School’s library features books, letters, photographs, and other memorabilia from the Evans Collection that are now part of Penn’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, which curates the exhibits. The latest exhibit, titled Thomas Evans and Félix Nadar, opens Monday, December 4 and runs through April 16, 2018. This was the fourth exhibit since the renovated library opened last fall.

The exhibit features French photographer Félix Nadar’s Studio Visitor’s Book, acquired by Dr. Evans while he was living in Paris. The album tells much about Nadar’s network of prestigious clients, who sat for their portraits in the Parisian photographer’s studio.

The Friends of the Thomas W. Evans Collection, led by Dr. Peter Quinn (D’74, GD’78), Dr. Gary Cohen, and Dr. Mark Nestor (D’87, GD’88), was formed in 2016 to help ensure the ongoing display and preservation of the Evans Collection for the enjoyment of the Penn Dental Medicine community. To join the Friends group, visit



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