Doc RefDH
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Extent29 boxes + 17 shelves of books
TitlePapers of the Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy
DescriptionThe collection includes personal papers and books of Dr Casson and the Dorset House Principals, plus photographs, ciné films and scrap books which document the history of Dorset House. The collection also includes a small number of books selected from the Dorset House Library.
ArrangementChronological except for series relating to persons affiliated with the School which is alphabetical by surname.
Creator NameDorset House School of Occupational Therapy
Administrative HistoryDorset House, the first School of Occupational Therapy in England, was established by its visionary Medical Director, Dr Elizabeth Casson, in the latter part of the 1920s. Over the years the School has moved from its original base in Bristol to Bromsgrove, and finally to Oxford, firstly in Nissen Huts in the grounds of the Churchill Hospital and then to London Road in 1964. In 1992 Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy became part of Oxford Polytechnic, which, later that year, was conferred with university status.
Custodial HistoryOriginal collection (DocRef DH/1-6) on deposit from the Elizabeth Casson Trust.
Further deposits received from Oxford Brookes staff members (Faculty of Health and Life Sciences) Jenny Butler (DocRef DH/7) and Sally Feaver (DocRef DH/8).
Related MaterialSee also Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy associated papers (DocRefs BD; ECT; SK; Argentina OT; DH Misc).
See also the Sally Croft collection, located on the First Floor of the North Library.

Papers of the Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy

Access ConditionsThe collection may be viewed in the special collections reading room only.
The majority of the collection has been digitised and can currently be viewed on the Reading Room pc.
SubjectOccupational Therapy
Archivist NoteCatalogued by Eleanor Possart, 2008-2010.
Access statusOpen
DS/UK/6Casson; Elizabeth (1881-1954); OBE; Founder of the First School of Occupational Therapy in the UK1881-1954
DS/UK/7Macdonald; Evelyn Mary (1905-1993); MBE; Principal of Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy1905-1993
DS/UK/8Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy; 1929-; UK1929-
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