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The School of Dental Medicine, Harvard University

Registration number 20060927U

This certifies that the heraldic arms of The School of Dental Medicine, Harvard University are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below

Arms: Argent, a castle tower Gules, on a chief Gules three open books Argent, edges, covers, and clasps Or, on the books the letters VE RI TAS Sable.


Countway Library of Medicine website

Design rationale

The seal of the School of Dental Medicine memorializes its founding professor, Dr. Nathan Cooley Keep. Since Keep’s family had no heraldic arms, the seal displays a keep, or tower, and the chief of Harvard.

The seals of the Medical School, School of Dental Medicine, and School of Public Health were designed by Pierre de Chaignon la Rose (class of 1895 ) on the occasion of the University’s tercentenary in 1936. He worked with the University historian, Samuel Eliot Morison, and others, to design the seals, based upon the arms of the University and the arms of each school’s founders, the tradition practiced by the Colleges of Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Registered by

Michael Swanson


Education, US, D, H

Roll of Arms