Monday, December 8, 2008

Guide to the Archives of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

My buddy, former museum curator Jeff Reznick, has made a new history of medicine resource available -

Now Available for the First Time in Digital, Fully-Searchable Formats ~
Guide to the Archives of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

The AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health is pleased to announce that the finding aid to the archives of the AOTA - the special collection housed in the AOTF Wilma L. West Library - is now available through a unique URL - and as a Microsoft Word document located on the AOTF Institute blog.

AOTF makes the Guide to the Archives of the AOTA available publicly as part of its mission to honor the past and be the best possible steward of the unique body of knowledge that is occupational therapy. To this end, AOTF warmly welcomes individuals from within and beyond occupational therapy to explore the guide and consider using the archives for purposes of research, education, and leadership. Individuals who hold a subscription to OT Search can access over 1000 photos drawn from the archives.

The original hardcopy of this guide was prepared by Inci Bowman, with the assistance of Barbara Scherer. This new electronic version was designed by Rachel Goldman, AOTF Institute Intern, and includes substantial updates prepared by Mindy Hecker, AOTF Director of Information Resources and the Wilma L. West Library and Mary Binderman, consultant.

As the Guide describes, the Archives of the AOTA date from 1917 and include:

·correspondence and early reprints of the founders of the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy;

·minutes and reports from the AOTA's governing boards, the Delegate/Representative Assembly, councils and committees;

·records generated by AOTA's national office staff; minutes and or proceedings from annual and midyear meetings;

·early legislation and grants important to the development of occupational therapy;

·reports and publications from early occupational therapy schools and programs;

·records and correspondence concerning AOTA's interaction with other organizations and agencies;

·photographs of the AOTA's leaders, of significant events in its history, and of occupational therapists working with patients in various settings; and

·audio and visual material representing the history of occupational therapy and the specific work of several leaders in the field.

For more information, and/or to schedule a visit to consult the archives, please contact:

Jeffrey S. Reznick, Ph.D.

Director, Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
American Occupational Therapy Foundation
4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220
Tel: 301.652.6611, x2555

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