Occupational Therapy records
08.OT

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Title
Occupational Therapy records
ID
08.OT
Date [inclusive]
1941-2011
Extent
1.2 Linear feet 1 record center carton, 1 halfsize archive box
Language
English
Abstract
The teaching of Occupational Therapy began as part of the Special Education program at the Michigan State Normal College in 1941. By 1942, the curriculum was evaluated by the American Medical Association and found to meet the requirements for accreditation, and its first graduating class was in 1944. Today, the program is part of the Eastern Michigan University College of Health and Human Services and offers both undergraduate and master degree programs. The Occupational Therapy records contain information regarding the Occupational Therapy program at Eastern Michigan University, the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association, and the American Occupational Therapy Association. Materials in the collection date from 1941-2011 and include some administrative materials, clippings, and photographs.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Administrative History

The Occupational Therapy curriculum at Michigan State Normal College originated as a joint effort by Dr. Charles Elliot, Head of the Special Education Department, Dr. Yoder, Superintendent of Ypsilanti State Hospital, Mary Black OTR and Mabel Wicks Nelson OTR, and Dr. James Roe from the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

It was established as a division of the Special Education Department and housed in the Rackham School building on campus. The course officially began in the fall of 1941 with Beatrice Wade OTR, an experienced therapist with seven years in psychiatric practice and ten as an instructor and consultant in mental health, as director and instructor. Enrolled in the program were thirteen students, four freshmen and nine sophomores. By 1942, the course was recognized as conforming to requirements established by the American Medical Association for an accredited Occupational Therapy school and it was fully approved in 1944 upon the graduation of its first class.

Occupational Therapy now offers a Masters degree program and is part of the College of Health and Human Services. The program celebrated 70 years in the fall of 2011, honoring emeritus faculty member Lyla M. Spelbring with an endowed lectureship.

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Scope and Contents

The Occupational Therapy records contain information regarding the Occupational Therapy program at Eastern Michigan University, the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association, and the American Occupational Therapy Association. The  Occupational Therapy records has been divided into four series:  Michigan Occupational Therapy Association,  American Occupational Therapy Association,  Administration,  Communications and Events. Materials in the collection date from 1941-2011 and include some administrative materials, clippings, and photographs.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 January 12

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

Revision Description

  2012 March 12

Conditions Governing Access note

Open for research. Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to use through the University Archives.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

For information regarding student organizations with Occupational Therapy, see the Occupational Therapy Student Organizations records, and the Lyla M. Spelbring collection in the University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Michigan Occupational Therapy Assocation.

Occupation(s)

  • Occupational therapy.

Subject(s)

  • Continuing education
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Michigan State Normal College
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae--Michigan

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Collection Inventory

Michigan Occupational Therapy Association 1939-1971 

Newsletters 1945-1971 

 1945-1952 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 1

 1953-1971 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 2

50 Years of Occupational Therapy in Michigan, 1911-1961 1961 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 3

Pamphlets 1939-1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 4

Meeting agendas 1969-1970 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 5

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American Occupational Therapy Association 

Handbook 1947 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 6

Pamphlets 1944-1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 7

Reports and statistics 1955-1957 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 8

Schools and curriculum sub-committee 1949-1951 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 9

Graduate study report 1948 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 10

Council on Education 1944-1974 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 11-13

Exam 1961-1982 

 1961-1964 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 14

 1965 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 15

 1966 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 16

 1967 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 17

 1968 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 18

 1969 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 19

 1970 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 20

 1971 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 21

 1972 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 22

 1973-1974 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 23

 1975 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 24

 1976 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 25

 1977-1979 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 26

 1980-1982 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 27

Area analyses on exams 1961-1962 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 28

OT Practice articles by Therese Foote 2003-2008 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 29

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Administration 1943-2001 

Program history 1984-1989 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 30

Alumni 1944-1964 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 31

Program proposal 1947 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 32

Curriculum 1990-2001 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 34

Program requirements 1976 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 35

Affiliation agreements 1969-1974 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 36

Occupational Therapy comes to Michigan State Normal College 1998 


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 37

Correspondence 1943-1998  (Bulk, 1943-1950)


    Box Folder
Text (32307009259848)   1 38

Student patches 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 39

Enrollment 1974-1976 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024766520)   2 1

Legal cases 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024766520)   2 2-3

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Communications and Events 

Pamphlets 1944-1998 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 40

Blank forms, letterhead 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 41

Departmental Christmas cards 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 42

50th Anniversary 1992 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 43

Clippings 1943-2011 

 1943-1989 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 44

 1990-2011 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 45

Slides 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307009259848)   1 46-47

Graduation guest book 1983 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307009259848)   1 48

Photographs 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials (32307009259848)   1 49-51

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