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Doris Shalit Oberg papers

Identifier: M190

Scope and Content Note

The records in the Doris Oberg collection document the planning stages of the 40th, 45th, and 50th reunions of the members of the Forsyth Dental Infirmary class of 1933. It contains original copies of invitations and programs to 1933 Infirmary commencement ceremonies, a program from the 1973 dedication ceremonies of the Dental Hygiene Alumni Classrooms and the Percy H. Rowe library, and a brochure from the June 27, 1954 Northeastern University commencement. Copies of Doris Oberg's test registration and certifications from the Massachusetts Board of Dental Examiners, newspaper clippings, and correspondence from Mrs. Oberg's 1933 classmates are also included.


  • Creation: 1933-1983


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Copyright restrictions my apply.

Historical Note

Doris Herbert (Shalit) Oberg was born in 1913 in Philadelphia, PA, and was moved to Quincy, MA, two months later. At age 16 Doris received her pilot's license and was the youngest woman to fly solo from the Dennis Airport in North Quincy. She graduated from Quincy High School and attended the Forsyth Dental Infirmary. Upon graduation she entered private practice with her father, Dr. B. Lawrence Shalit. Oberg was an accomplished painter and photographer who also graduated from the Museum of Fine Arts School of Art. She remained affiliated with both the School of Fashion Design and the Forsyth Dental Infirmary until her death. She was active at Northeastern University through her husband, Rudolf O. Oberg who was Director of Alumni Relations. She traveled the United States attending alumni meetings and functions, serving as an unofficial photographer. She was awarded the Tirrell Cup for her activism with the Community Players of Quincy, and won awards as a member of the South Shore Camera Club. In July of 1954 she joined the Quincy Historical Society where she became the office librarian and was elected the first female president in 1982. She then as vice president until her death. She was a founding member of the Quincy Tourism Association, Inc., a member of both the Wollaston Mothers' and Garden Clubs, and was active in the Historic District Commission and the Rice Eventide Home Auxiliary. She served as clerk and moderator at Memorial Congregational Church in North Quincy. She had one daughter, Josephine Kilbourn of Joppa, MD. Doris g died on March 19, 1993, after a brief illness.


.15 cubic feet (1 container)


Doris Shalit Oberg graduated from the infirmary as a dental hygienist in 1933 and remained an active member of the Alumni Association, planning reunions until her death on March 19, 1993. She also attended the Museum of Fine Arts School of Art and remained affiliated there. She was an active member of the Quincy Historical Society from 1954, and she served as both vice-president and first female president of the organization in 1982. She was married to Mr. Rudolph Oberg, former director of Alumni Affairs at Northeastern University. She was also active in the Northeastern Community, serving as an unofficial photographer and representative at national alumni meetings.


The collection contains material pertaining to alumni relations of the Forsyth Dental Infirmary graduating hygienist class of 1933, annual reports of the Institute's alumni association, dance cards, and commencement programs and invitations. It also contains a 1954 Northeastern University commencement program, a Forsyth-Tufts Training School for Dental Hygienists booklet, other Forsyth Dental Infirmary alumni association materials, a listing of the expectations of student within the training school, and correspondence to Doris Shalit Oberg from members of the class of 1933.

System of Arrangement:

The collection is arranged by type of document (e.g. – school documents or correspondence), then by date in ascending order.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition:

This collection was donated to the archives by Josephine Kilbourn, Doris Oberg's daughter, on August 16, 2012.

Related Materials

Slides of Doris Oberg's photography can be found in theOberg Slide collection (M072).


  • “Doris Oberg: First Woman President, Quincy Historical Society,” Quincy Sun, March 25, 1993, Alumni Obituaries (A37).
Finding aid for the Doris Shalit Oberg Papers
Finding aid prepared by Katherine Doerner
January 14, 2013
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Snell Library
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US