Web-based Historical Resources


This section contains links to resources that have been developed by State Occupational Therapy Associations, Universities with occupational therapy programs, and organizations that provide historical information related to occupational therapy and/or the persons with whom we work.

This compilation of historically-relevant resources is a work in progress. If you would like to contribute to this project, contact Rita Fleming-Castaldy at rita.fleming-castaldy@scranton.edu to propose works that can be considered to add to the list.

State OT Associations

  • Maryland Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA): Maryland Centennial History
    • The Historical Committee of the MOTA has compiled several historical works related to the history of Maryland, including an article about the early beginnings at Sheppard Pratt.

University Resources

  • University of Scranton: Historical OT resources
    • This online historical research guide was developed for University of Scranton graduate students to inform their Leadership in Occupational Therapy historical analysis assignment and includes electronic access to seminal historical resources including e-journals (e.g., Archives of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation, The Modern Hospital, Trained Nurse and Hospital Review), e-books (e.g., Tracy 1914, Barton 1919, Dunton 1918), and links to print and online databases.
    • Information on this historical analysis assignment can be obtained by contacting Dr. Fleming-Castaldy at rita.fleming-castaldy@scranton.edu.
  • Texas Woman's University: Historical OT archives
  • Dalhousie University School of Occupational Therapy: History of OT in Atlantic Canada
  • See the Oral History Project page for additional University resources

Organizations Providing Historical Resources

  • Adapt Online Museum stores articles, videos, music, artifacts, and more to represent over 30 years of history of a grassroots disability rights organization.

Other Significant Resources

Ann M. Ritchie Hartwick (1993): The Army Medical Specialist Corps: The 45th Anniversary

Eleanor M. Gillespie (1940): A New Therapist Faces Her Job

Isabel G. Barton (1968): Consolation House, Fifty Years Ago

Tom Kerr (2017): BOTC Reacher the Quarter-century Mark

William Rush Dunton (1919): N.S.P.O.T.