History Preservation Project

The OTL&LS History Preservation Project obtains, disseminates, and preserves for perpetuity seminal works, resources, artifacts, and interviews about occupational therapy's history and the leaders who have had a lasting impact on the profession. The below webpages and Academic Leaders Councils' Spring 2021 Meeting webinar, Honoring and Preserving Our Past to Inform and Forge Our Future: Opportunities for OT Students, Educators, and Researchers, provide more information about the OTL&LS History Preservation Project.

Click here to access project completion resources (i.e., release forms, project guidelines, suggested questions, and interviewing, recording, and transcribing guidelines), and oral histories, interviews, collective recollections, transcriptions, and synopses completed by the OT L&LS, universities, state OT associations, and others.

Click here to access historical videos, peer-reviewed articles, dissertations, and other publications and presentations about the history of occupational therapy and seminal events that have influenced the profession's development and tributes to deceased leaders who have had a lasting impact on the field. 

Click here to access resources that have been developed by State Occupational Therapy Associations, Universities with occupational therapy programs, and organizations that provide historical information relevant to OT and/or information about our profession's leaders.

Click here to access the digital archives, which displays pictures of historical OT personalities, objects, artifacts, places, books, documents, and other items of historical interest in occupational therapy. Members are welcome to submit additional artifacts to be displayed.

Click here to access the AOTA's  website which celebrated the Centennial of the profession in 2017. This site includes information about the 100 influential people and seminal events that influenced OT's first 100 years, as well as historical and recent videos, photographs, and articles.