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Frederic J. Hofschneider collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0071

Scope and Contents

Collection includes music scores and lyrics for the University at Buffalo's fight song, "Here's to Old U. of B.", created in 1912, other music compositions, news clippings, photographs, and materials detailing Dr. Hofschneider's dental and fishing inventions, namely a dental lubricator called the "Oratundra" and the "Red-Eye Wiggler" fishing lure.


  • 1896-2010


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Frederick J. Hofschneider Collection, 1896-2010 is open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Dr. Frederic J. Hofschneider was born on February 7, 1893, graduated from the University at Buffalo Dental School in 1914, and set up practice in his hometown of Rochester, New York. In 1923 he invented an automatic dental lubricator originally called the Oratundra. He made other improvements on dental techniques and equipment and in 1926 formed the Hofschneider Corporation to manufacture his inventions. Dr. Hofschneider was on the faculty in the Dental Dispensary at the University of Rochester from 1914 to 1930 when he injured his hand. His professional career ended in 1932 when he suffered a stroke.

While attending the University at Buffalo, he composed and orchestrated the college's fight song, "Here's to the Old U. of B.", which he copyrighted in 1913. To pay his tuition he played piano professionally. He was an avid fisherman and patented many fishing lures, the most famous being, the Red-Eye Wiggler. He also invented a pin-ball machine, the Lazy Susan, a beer tap, and a bottle brush.

Dr. Hofschneider married Catherine M. Vetter in 1916. The couple had two sons, one who died in a house fire in 1944, and four daughters. Mrs. Hofschneider took over the management of the corporation when her husband was stricken and built it into a thriving business. Dr. Hofschneider died on September 1, 1950. The company was purchased in 1979 by Scotch Game Call Company of Oakfield, New York.


1.45 Linear Feet (1 flat box)


Collection includes music scores and lyrics for the University at Buffalo's fight song created in 1912, other music compositions, news clippings, materials detailing Dr. Hofschneider's dental and fishing inventions.


This collection is arranged in two series:

  1. Biographical
  2. Music Scores

Acquisition Information

Collection was donated by Mr. Hofschneider's daughter, Kathryn M. Schroth, in September 2007.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

  1. Frederic J. Hofschneider, Bibby Library Archives Online Exhibit, University of Rochester Medical Center

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Spencer, November 2010.


Finding Aid for the Frederic J. Hofschneider collection
Finding aid prepared by Karen Spencer.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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