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British Association of Occupational Therapists

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 SA/BAO
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: British Association of Occupational Therapists
Date(s): 1936-1997
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 37 boxes and 31 transfer boxes
Name of creator(s): British Association of Occupational Therapists
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

A Scottish Association for Occupational Therapy was established in 1932, and the Association of Occupational Therapists in England in 1936. A Joint Council was formed in 1952, and final merger took place in 1974 under the title the British Association of Occupational Therapists.

The BAOT is the only professional, educational and trade union organisation for occupational therapists and support staff in the UK, and is a member of the Committee for Occupational Therapists in the European Communities (COTEC) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). It acts to validate and monitor pre-registration courses, guide continuing professional development and to initiate and support research and development into professional practice. It also sets standards of ethical and professional conduct and acts to represent and promote the profession's views and needs to central government, other professional bodies and consumers. Its members have full membership of UNISON, which serves to promote employment rights and conditions.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records comprise the archive of the English Association and of the merged Association and give a representative overview of the work of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.Council minutes date from the establishment of the Association and include minutes of a joint Scottish/English Council 1952-1974.

The minutes and associated papers of the Executive Committee and other committees and sub-committees are not as complete: some may have been lost during the move to the present offices in 1989, others disposed of before then.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The collection is divided into sections as follows:
A. Annual Reports and Articles of Association
B. Council
C. Ordinary General Meetings with Extraordinary General Meetings
D. Joint Council of Associations of Occupational Therapists
E. Executive Committee
F. Finance Minutes
G. Education and Examinations
H. Other Council Committees and Subcommittees
J. Register of Members and Annual Returns
K. Journals
L. Pamphlets, ephemera etc
M. Registers, Directories, Reference Books
N. Conference Papers
P. Hospital Assessment Forms and Reports

Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These records were given to the Wellcome Library by the British Association of Occupational Therapists in August 1997.

Allied Materials

Related material:

In the Wellcome Library: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy archive (SA/CSP).

At other repositories: A collection of photographs and a series of files about eminent members is still held by the BAOT and a collection of text books is held in the BAOT Library. Records relating to the Scottish Association of Occupational Therapy, 1932-1974, are held at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Records of some of the previously independently established training colleges, which are now subsumed into university departments, are still held in situ. It was reported in the late 1990s that the Science Museum in London planned to start an occupational therapy collection.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jan 2009

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