The Dentistry Library Digital Vertical File is an initiative to make content from the vertical file available online. The vertical file is a collection of research aids (such as bibliographies or lists of works on a given topic) and relevant ephemeral items (such as pamphlets, pictures, and article clippings). Before the advent of the Internet, the vertical file was actively updated and widely used, a vital starting point for research.
Former Head Librarian, Phyllis M. Smith, was responsible for composing and updating the majority of vertical file. The Dentistry Library Digital Vertical File features subject bibliographies and biographies of figures connected to the Faculty of Dentistry composed by Ms. Smith.
The Dentistry Library Digital Vertical File has collected these documents and made them available due to their historical significance for the history of dentistry and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry.