The S. James Krygier Collection

Historical Archives

The S. James Krygier Collection at the Delaware Academy of Medicine


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Delaware Academy of Medicine, John H. Ammon Medical Education Center, 4765 Ogletown Stanton Road, Suite L-10, Newark, DE, 19713
Creator: Krygier, S. James (Stanley James), 1903-98
Title: The S. James Krygier Collection
Dates: 1859-1952
Quantity: 1 cubic feet
Abstract: A collection of books and artifacts from the life and career of Dr. S. James Krygier, DDS and MS, of Dover and Wilmington.
Identification: US DeWAM DC5
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Stanley James Krygier was born in Philadelphia to Polish immigrant parents in 1903. He originally intended to be a pharmacist, but eventually decided that dentistry suited him better. His undergraduate and dental education was at Temple University, and he graduated from Temple’s dental school in 1927.

Dr. Krygier practiced as a general dentist in Philadelphia for seven years and then, at the suggestion of a classmate, moved his practice to Dover in 1934. Although he continued in general practice at first, he eventually became more interested in orthodontics, and after twelve years as a general dentist he decided to specialize in orthodontics. After getting a master’s degree in orthodontics from the University of Pennsylvania, in 1950 he opened an orthodontic practice with offices in Dover and Wilmington. In 1952, he closed the Dover office and moved full-time to Wilmington.

Dr. Krygier eventually left private practice in 1984 to become owner and president of a company called Orthodontic International Services, which provided orthodontic equipment worldwide by mail order. He sold the company in 1987.

He served a term as president of the Delaware State Dental Society, in 1948, and was also president of the Kent and Sussex County Dental Society, president of the Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists, and president of the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists. He was a member of the International College of Dentists and the American Association of Orthodontists, as well as a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Krygier also volunteered his services as a staff orthodontist at the Alfred I. duPont Institute.

Dr. Krygier died on December 19, 1998.

Scope and Contents

The Academy has retained some books on dental subjects from Dr. Krygier’s library. The archive also includes a variety of antique dental tools, dating to the 19th century, from Dr. Krygier’s collection.


Arranged by type of material, and then by date of accession.


Restrictions on Access
Open to the public.

Restrictions on Use
No publication or reproduction for anything other than personal use without the permission of the Delaware Academy of Medicine. Any use of these materials must be in accordance with the Delaware Academy of Medicine’s archival access policy.

Related Material

There is a file on Dr. Krygier in the Delaware Academy of Medicine Biographical Collection (AC1-331). It includes a transcript of an interview with him on his life and career in 1983, as well as some correspondence and assorted notes, errata, and supplements associated with his copy of Strang’s Text-Book of Orthodontia.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Krygier, S. James (Stanley James), 1903-1998

Delaware State Dental Society
Kent and Sussex County Dental Society
Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists
Philadelphia Society of Orthodontists

Dover (Del.)
Wilmington (Del.)



Administrative Information

Processing Information
Arranged and described by Christopher Shea, February 2006. Last update to finding aid by Christopher Shea, February 2007. Dates given in the detailed description below are the dates of creation/publication, not of acquisition or accession, except where noted otherwise.

The writing of this finding aid was made possible in part by a Delaware Heritage Commission Challenge Grant.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Oral-examining mirror, undated
Adjustable length.

Dental file, undated
Long, narrow dental file, square in cross-section.

Dental file, undated
Short, thick, triangular dental file.

Gold plugger, 1876
An electromagnetic dental plugger. Three dates in 1875 and 1876 are stamped into a small plate on top of the device — perhaps patent dates.

Dental excavator, undated
A dental excavator with a small curved blade.

Root elevator, undated
A straight-bladed, wooden-handled root elevator.

Dental burs, undated
A collection of eleven dental burs and drill bits of various shapes and sizes. Not all of these may have belonged to Dr. Krygier, but they were found in a box with two of his business cards, along with the items listed below.

Dental tools, undated
A set of seven all-metal dental tools, including picks, excavators, pluggers, and polishers.

Tooth key, 1859
A wooden-handled tooth key with a movable bolster. A small plate on top of the handle indicates that it was patented by B. F. Killiam in 1859.


Man, the Unknown, Alexis Carrel, 1935
The Dentist’s Own Book, C. Edmund Kells, 1925
Orthodontics: Diagnosis, Prognosis, Treatment, Bercu Fischer, 1952
A History of Dentistry from the Most Ancient Times Until the End of the Eighteenth Century, Vincenzo Guerini, 1909
A Text-Book of Orthodontia, Robert H. W. Strang, 1943