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Finding Aid for the Dr. A. Jean Ayres Archive

Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Allan, 2004

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Ayres, A. Jean
Title
Dr. A. Jean Ayres Archive
Collection no.
0317
Date [inclusive]
1943-1999
Extent
7.0 Linear feet, 11 boxes
Physical location
Stored off-site. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact for paging information.
Language
English
Abstract
Papers, tests, and artifacts of A. Jean Ayres, groundbreaking occupational therapist. All items donated by friends, family, and coworkers.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Dr. A. Jean Ayres Archive, Collection no. 0317, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biography

Anna Jean Ayres was born in 1923 in central California. She received her BA in occupational therapy in 1945, her MA in occupational therapy in 1954, and her PhD in educational psychology in 1961. All her degrees were from the University of Southern California. She was married in 1969 to Franklin Baker and died in 1989 due to complications from cancer.

Ayres' major research focused on sensory integration and the brain, and how sensory integration dysfunction affects children's learning abilities. In 1977, the Ayres Clinic was created to treat children with SI dysfunction using techniques from occupational therapy. Ayres published 54 articles, two books, and numerous tests and videos related to sensory integration dysfunction and therapy. She was a frequent lecturer and was a founder of Sensory Integration International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of sensory integration research.

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Scope and Content

The Ayres Archive consists of correspondence, lectures, notes, legal papers, newsclippings, newsletters, journal articles, publications, tests, tools, artifacts, photographs, cassette tapes, and video-tapes. The bulk of material is photocopied correspondence and lecture text.

The Archive is organized into six series: Personal Papers, Correspondence, Lectures and Speeches, Research, Publications, and Tests and Artifacts.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2004
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Access

Collection is open for research. Collection is stored off-site and advance notice is required for access.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the University Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of University Archives as the owner of the physical material, and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Items in this collection were donated from a variety of sources. The bulk of items came from Brian Erwin. Where possible, the donor is noted with the item description.

Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Allan, July 26, 2004

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Southern California. Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Department.

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Notes
  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Typescripts

Personal Name(s)

  • Ayres, A. Jean -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Learning disabilities--Treatment--Archival resources
  • Occupational therapy for children--Archival resources
  • Occupational therapy--Archival resources
  • Sensorimotor Integration--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Ayres and Baker - Personal 1943-1994   0.5 linear ft.

Scope and Contents note

Personal and legal papers of Ayres and her husband, Franklin Baker, and artifacts.

Box Folder

 Articles Mentioning Ayres 1994 

Scope and Contents note

Two articles mentioning Ayres.

General note

From Nancy Erwin through Brian Erwin.

1 1

 Deaths of Ayres & Baker - Obitiuaries, Memorial Service, Etc. 1981-1989 

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper articles, newsletters, photocopied correspondence, a transcript of the Ayres memorial service, and other materials about the deaths of Ayres and Baker.

General note

From various sources.

1 2

 Degrees 1946-1983 

Scope and Contents note

Ayres' resume and photocopies of degrees and awards received.

1 3

 Legal Papers and Poetry 1943-1969 

Scope and Contents note

Poetry initialed "AJA," transcript of the Ayres-Baker wedding ceremony, a certified copy of Ayres' birth certificate, and a legal agreement signed by Baker.

1 4
Box

 A. Jean Ayres: The Pioneer Behind Sensory Integration 

Scope and Contents note

VHS tape of a brief documentary on Ayres.

6

 Memorial Service Recording 1989 

Scope and Contents note

Seven cassette tapes of the memorial service for Ayres.

6

 Roll Books 

Scope and Contents note

Two roll books for classes at USC.

9

 "Fair Market Value Appraisal of Ayres Clinic" 1984 

Scope and Contents note

Bound appraisal of the Ayres Clinic by Philip J. Garcia.

General note

Donated by Brian Erwin.

10

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Series 2:  Series 2. Correspondence 1961-1989   2.0 linear ft.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence to and from Ayres.

Box Folder

 Photographs 1964-1989 

Scope and Contents note

Photographs of Ayres from workshops and seminars. Also, photographs from the Ayres memorial service and printed photographs from ZIP disk.

General note

Printed photos from Brian Erwin; memorial service photos from Ora Mae Crane; photos in sleeves from Antje Price. ZIP disk located in Box 6.

1 5

 Correspondence to Nancy Erwin 1986-1987 

Scope and Contents note

Two letters from Ayres to her sister, Nancy.

General note

From Nancy Erwin through Brian Erwin.

1 6

 Correspondence Between Donors 1989 

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and memoirs from former students, co-workers, and family members. Also, a promotional poster for the Ayres Archive at USC.

General note

Donated by Shay McAtee, Brian Erwin, and other donors.

1 7

 Correspondence with W.P.S. 1961-1985 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied correspondence from Ayres to the Western Psychological Society, mostly about her publications through WPS.

General note

Donated by the W.P.S.

1 8

 Correspondence to Price, Antje 1956-1988 

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence to Price on various topics, including workshops, visits, international interest in sensory integration, and other topics. A more detailed list is at the front of the folder.

General note

Donated by Antje Price.

1 9

 Correspondence - USC 1976-1984 

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence to departments of USC about accounting, purchases, students in Ayres' class, and other topics.

1 10

 AOTF: Directions for the Future, July/August 1988 1988 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied correspondence from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation regarding Ayres' involvement in "Directions for the Future" symposia. Also, handwritten notes by Ayres regarding the symposia.

1 11

 AOTF: Library/Archives 1985 

Scope and Contents note

Letter from the American Occupational Therapist Association thanking Ayres for the donation of her OT-related library.

1 12

 Miscel. Prof. Organizations 1963-1969 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied correspondence and brochures from various professional organizations to and from Ayres.

1 13

 Correspondence, 1988 1988 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied correspondence to and from Ayres on a variety of topics, including professional activities, long-distance diagnoses, and others.

1 14

 Personal Letters Received 1987 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied correspondence about success in treatment and other topics.

1 15

 Correspondence, 1987 1987 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied orrespondence regarding professional associations, international studies, and other topics. Also, a copy of a reference guide for review.

1 16

 Correspondence, 1986 1986 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied orrespondence regarding professional activities, restaurants near the Ayres Clinic, and other topics. Also, study proposals and other materials.

1 17

 Correspondence, 1985 1985 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

1 18

 Correspondence, 1984 1984 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

1 19

 Correspondence, 1983 1983 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

1 20

 Correspondence, 1982, 1984 1982 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

2 1

 Correspondence, 1981 1981 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

2 2

 Correspondence, 1980 1980 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

2 3

 Correspondence, 1979 1979 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

2 4

 Correspondence, 1978 1978 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

2 5

 Correspondence, 1977 1977 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

2 6

 Correspondence, 1977-1979 1977-1979 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

2 7

 Correspondence, January - December, 1976 1976 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

2 8

 Correspondence, 1976 - Workshops 1976 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied correspondence to and from Ayres regarding workshops, seminars, and lectures.

2 9

 Correspondence - Workshops 1975 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied correspondence to and from Ayres regarding possible workshops, seminars, and lectures.

2 10

 Correspondence - General 1975 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

3 1

 Correspondence 1974 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

3 2

 Correspondence - Workshops 1974 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied correspondence to and from Ayres regarding possible workshops, seminars, and lectures.

3 3

 Correspondence 1973 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied personal and professional correspondence to and from Ayres.

3 4
Box

 Correspondence 1973-1988 

Scope and Content

Primarily photocopies of correspondence; also includes some typescripts, a memorial to Dr. Ayres, and material from professional organizations.

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Series 3:  Series 3. Lectures and Speeches 1964-1985   1.0 linear ft.

Scope and Contents note

Includes lectures given to USC students, notes for class lectures, speeches given at workshops and conventions, and cassette tapes of Ayres' speeches.

Box Folder

 Dyspraxia, 1985 & Developmental Dyspraxia - References 

Scope and Contents note

Two photocopied lists of references on dyspraxia and developmental dyspraxia.

3 5

 Dyspraxia Lecture Outline 1985 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied lecture outline, with notes.

3 6

 Dyspraxia, 1985 1985 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied handwritten lecture titled "Dyspraxia '85."

3 7

 Lecture to Undergraduates 

Scope and Contents note

Handwritten lecture notes for lecture to USC undergraduates.

3 8

 Apraxia Notes: In Lecture, Already Used 1:2 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied handwritten lecture notes.

3 9

 Apraxia Notes: In Lecture, Already Used 2:2 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied handwritten lecture notes.

3 10

 USC - Student Names 

Scope and Contents note

Lists of therapists who studied with Ayres at the Ayres Clinic, both through USC and without USC sponsorship.

3 11

 Dyspraxia, 1985 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied lecture outline and lecture notes, and an agreement between Sensory Integration International and Ayres regarding publication of her lecture "Developmental Dyspraxia and Adult-Onset Apraxia.

3 12

 Autism Lecure, December 1978 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied handwritten notes for lecture and lecture text.

4 1

 Dyspraxia, 1981 1981 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopies of typed outline and handwritten notes and text for "Aspects of the Somatomotor Adaptive Response and Praxis."

4 2

 Vestibular Notes Written Up 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied handwritten notes.

4 3

 Lectures/Speeches 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied handwritten notes and lecture text.

General note

Blank pages are interleaved between sections too large for a paperclip.

4 4-5

 Duplicate Lecture Notes, Miscellaneous 1975-1982 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied handwritten notes and lecture text.

General note

Blank pages are interleaved between sections too large for a paperclip.

4 6

 Vestibular System - Rev. (Old Lecture Notes) 1982 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied handwritten notes and lecture text.

4 7

 Measurement Issues in O.T. - USC, 1980 1980 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied handwritten lecture text.

4 8

 USC Students 1987 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied handwritten lecture text, given to USC Occupational Therapy students.

4 9

 Vestibular Nystagmatic Notes 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopies of typed and handwritten notes.

4 10

 USC Lectures 1980-1983 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopies of handwritten notes and lecture text. Also, "The Organization of the Brain," from Scientific American.

5 1

 Limbic System 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopy of handwritten lecture outline and text.

5 2

 Laterization - Notes for Lecture Prep 1972 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopy of handwritten lecture notes.

5 3

 Reading Notes 1977 & Ahead of Here 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopies of handwritten notes.

General note

Blank pages are interleaved between sections too large for a paperclip.

5 4

 Dyspraxia 1985 Lecture 1985 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied typed text and handwritten notes and lecture text.

5 5
Box

 Cassettes 

Scope and Contents note

Cassette tapes of Ayres' speeches and lectures, 16 in total.

General note

Donated by Inez Lawson.

6

 Class Notes by A. Price Course of Perceptual-Motor Dysfunction taught by A. Jean Ayres at USC, Summer 1964 

Scope and Contents note

Notes taken by Antje Price from Ayres' lectures.

General note

Donated by Antje Price.

10
Box Folder

 Sensory Integration 1972, 1978, 1999, undated 

Scope and Content

Flyers, typescripts, correspondence.

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Series 4:  Series 4. Research 1975-1985   0.5 linear ft.

Scope and Contents note

Materials created for and during the praxis study with Zoe Mailloux.

Box Folder

 Apraxia Study, General 1982 

Scope and Contents note

Score sheet variables & description and score sheets.

5 6

 Apraxia Manuscript 1982-1985 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopies of test sheets, notes, correspondence, and test results.

5 7

 Diagnoses and Ethnic Group 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied handwritten diagnoses and notes.

5 8

 Procedures: Normals, Means, and Standard Deviations, 9/1984 1983-1984 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied handwritten instructions and notes. Photocopied test sheets and results.

5 9

 Tests, New - Praxis Study 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopies of test results, tests, and notes.

5 10

 SI Dys: Test Score Constellations, Draft 2 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied typed results, hand-drawn graphs, and results.

5 11

 SI Dys: Test Score Constellations, Draft 1 1985 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopies of handwritten notes and typed final report.

5 12

 SI Dys: Test Score Constellations, Carbons & Yellows 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopies of pages from a typed report and handwritten notes.

5 13

 Dyspraxia Lecture 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied handwritten lecture text.

5 14

 "Adaptive Behavior as a Therapuetic Process" 1979 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopy of handwritten text with note to "Erma" at the top.

5 15

 Script for Adaptive Response Tape 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopy of handwritten script.

5 16

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Series 5:  Series 5. Publications 1954-2002   1.0 linear ft.

Scope and Contents note

Published works of Ayres, including translations of "Sensory Integration and the Child."

Box

 "A Neurophysiological Approach to Learning Disabilities in Children" 

Scope and Contents note

Brief monograph by Ayres.

10

 "Bausteine der kindlichen Entwicklung" 2002 

Scope and Contents note

German translation of "Sensory Integration and the Child."

10

 "Developmental Dyspraxia and Adult-Onset Apraxia" 1985 

Scope and Contents note

Published lecture for Sensory Integration International. Two copies.

General note

Donated by Brian Erwin and Antje Price.

10

 "Dijete I Sensorna Integracija" 2002 

Scope and Contents note

Croatian translation of "Sensory Integration and the Child."

10

 "Kun Lapsi El Opi Leikkimaan" 1983 

Scope and Contents note

Finnish translation of "sensory Integration and the Child."

10

 "La Integracion Sensorial y El Nino" 1998 

Scope and Contents note

Spanish translation of "Sensory Integration and the Child."

10

 "Love, Jean: Hope for Children With Dysfunctional Sensory Integration" Draft 

Scope and Contents note

Draft copy of "Love, Jean," written after Ayres' death.

10

 "Love, Jean: Inspiration for Families Living With Dysfunction of Sensory Integration" 2004 

Scope and Contents note

Published book of correspondence between Ayres and her nephew, Philip Erwin, with commentary by Zoe Mailloux.

10

 "Perceptual-Motor Dysfunction in Children" 1964 

Scope and Contents note

Monograph from lecture in Ohio.

General note

Donated by Antje Price.

10

 "Proprioceptive Facilitatoin of the Upper Extemities in Occupational Therapy: A Thesis" 1954 

Scope and Contents note

Bound copy of Ayres' master's thesis, original held in the USC library.

10

 "Sanseintegration has born" 1984 

Scope and Contents note

Danish translation of "Sensory Integration and the Child."

10

 "Sensory Integration and the Child" 1979 

Scope and Contents note

Ayres' original book about sensory integration.

General note

Donated by Brian Erwin.

10

 "Six Perspectives on Theory for the Practice of Occupational Therapy" 1988 

Scope and Contents note

Inscribed copy of a book that discusses Ayres' theories.

General note

Donated by Brian Erwin.

10

 "The Development of Sensory Integrative Theory and Practice: A Collection of the Works of A. Jean Ayres" 1974 

Scope and Contents note

Compilation of writings by Ayres.

General note

Donated by Brian Erwin.

10

 "The Effect of Sensory Integrative Therapy on Learning Disabled Children" 1976 

Scope and Contents note

Final report of a research project.

10

 Ayres Published Articles 

Scope and Contents note

Two folders of printed articles.

10

 Black Three-Ring Binder, unlabeled 

Scope and Contents note

Notes, possibly on a draft of an article or report.

10

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Series 6:  Series 6. Tests and Artifacts undated   1.25 linear ft.

Scope and Contents note

Includes paper tests in notebooks, objects used in testing, and artifacts..

Box

 Tests, Tools and Artifacts 

Scope and Contents note

Two small notebooks, one labeled "Book One," of tests; eight boxes of psychological tests, including one made by Ayres, the "Stick Test," color form blocks, and others.

General note

Donated by Brian Erwin.

7

 Tests, Tools, and Artifacts 

Scope and Contents note

Two medium size notebooks with tests; set of notecards printed from paintings by Ayres; dissection kit; notecards for tests; spiral-bound tests; Ayres glasses; and wooden shapes for test.

General note

Donated by Brian Erwin.

8

 Test, Tools, and Artifacts 

Scope and Contents note

Multiple large-sized tests; a black and red yo-yo; six wood-and-wire tools; wooden shapes in a tobacco bag; two blindfolds; a handkerchief; and a leather bag with miscellaneous papers inside.

General note

Donated by Brian Erwin.

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