The L&LS OT Oral History Preservation Project seeks to collect, document, and disseminate the personal stories of occupational therapy’s leaders, the shared recollections of persons with robust knowledge of a deceased leader’s contributions to the field, and the shared memories of OT practitioners about seminal events in the profession’s history.
The project honors the legacies of our profession’s leaders by preserving for perpetuity their contributions to occupational therapy’s practice, education, and/or scholarship and the memories of OT practitioners who personally experienced the impact of significant historical moments on the profession, those we serve, and society at large.
This page contains information as to how you can become involved with this project, resources for project completion, and links to oral histories, interviews, collective recollections, transcriptions, and/or synopses that have been collected by OT L&LS members, the AOTA, State Occupational Therapy Associations, Universities, and others.
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The acquisition of oral histories, interviews with our profession's leaders, and shared recollections about deceased leaders and/or seminal moments in the profession’s history is a work in progress. If you are interested in contributing to this project and/or have any questions and/or suggestions about how you can contribute to this project, please contact Rita Fleming-Castaldy at email@example.com. Please direct all questions regarding the project completion resources provided below to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Completion Resources
Interviews of Leaders
'We Remember:' Recollections on Leaders' Enduring Legacies
'Remember When:' Recollections of Seminal Events in OT's History
General Project Resources for Audio/Video Files and Transcribing
OT L&LS Interviews of Leaders and Transcriptions
The following interviews were conducted by members of the OT L&LS with OT L&LS members and other recognized leaders in the profession to obtain their perspectives about their professional trajectory, extensive career in occupational therapy, and lasting contributions to the field.NOTE: To ensure ability to play complete audio files, please download the recorded interview files to play with your computer's default audio player as opposed to playing the file through Google Drive.
Lori Andersen Recording (Interviewed by Rita Fleming-Castaldy)
Carolyn Baum Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
Teresa Black Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
Bette Bonder Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
Charles Christiansen Recording (Interviewed by Penny Kyler)
Patricia Crist Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
Kathryn Eberhardt Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
Cynthia Epstein Recording (Interviewed by Rita Fleming-Castaldy)
Mary Evert Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
Nedra Gillette Recording (Interviewed by Susan Robertson)
Yolanda Griffiths Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
Margo Holm Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
Cynthia Hughes Harris Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
Shirley Jackson-Jackson Recording (Interviewed by Janet DeLany)
Karen Jacobs Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
Penny Kyler Recording (Interviewed by Rita Fleming-Castaldy)
David Merlo Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
Kathlyn Reed Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
Nancy Richman Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
Susan Robertson Recording (Interviewed by Rita Fleming-Castaldy)
Regena Stevens-Ratchford Interview (Interviewed by Janet DeLany)
Catherine Trombly Recording (Interviewed by Rita Fleming-Castaldy)
Shirley Wells Recording (Interviewed by Beverly Horowitz)
The AOTA's Centennial Celebration Interviews
These interviews were conducted with several of the 100 most influential people in occupational therapy for the profession's Centennial celebration in 2017 to obtain their perspectives about their careers, practice innovations, and the evolution and future of the profession.
Maryland OT Association & Towson University: Prominent OTs in Maryland's History
This site includes important dates in OT's history, particularly in Maryland. If you scroll mid-way down the site, you will find information of 23 interview synopses with OT leaders who were selected by the History Committee for their significant contributions to OT in Maryland. The History Committee of the Maryland History Project worked in collaboration with Towson University to complete oral histories with the occupational therapists selected by the committee.
University of North Dakota Oral History Project
This site includes 23 interviews of occupational therapy leaders who have made significant contributions to the field on a state, regional, national and/or international level. It includes interview videos, posters, and abstracts.
The University of St. Augustine's Tea with a Scholar
'My OT Journey'
'My OT Journey' is a student-run podcast that was created by Dr Robin Akselrud, OTD, OTR/L to foster connections and unity between OT and OTA students and OT/OTA practitioners. It seeks to develop students’ leadership skills and promote the profession by having OT/OTA students interview aspiring practitioners, professionals that can serve as resources for students as they prepare for their future practice, and recognized leaders in the field. Leader interviews include: