American Occupational Therapy Foundation
The Wilma L. West Library of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) holds the Archives of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20824-1220
(301) 652-6611, x2555
Schedule & hours
The Wilma L. West Library is open Monday through Thursday by appointment only.
The Wilma L. West Library of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) holds the Archives of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), which 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.
Interested researchers are asked to call at least one ahead for an appointment and, in advance of their arrival, to consult the guide to the archives, located on the AOTF web site under "Resources & WLW Library."
See "Research procedures," above.
Permitted and prohibited items
- Permitted: Laptop computers are permitted and use of pencil is required.
- Prohibited: No food of any kind may be consumed during consultation of the archives.
Photocopying, photography, microfilming
Photocopy charge is $.15 per page, with copies being made only by a member of the AOTF staff. Photo reproduction is $10.00 per image. Over 1000 images from the Archives are already available in digital format; if a researcher wishes to have one or more of these existing copies there is no fee. NOTE: All fees indicated are expected to change on October 1 annually, commensurate with the new fiscal year of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. For current information, please contact AOTF via email or phone.
Mindy A. Hecker, MBA, MLS Director of Information Resources and the Wilma L. West Library
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD Director, AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
The guide to the Archives of the AOTA is located on the AOTF web site under "Resources & WLW Library."