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Judith F. Friedland fonds
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Judith F. Friedland fonds

  • UTA 1295
  • Fonds
  • 1918-2016

Fonds consists of material documenting the professional life and work of Prof. Judith Friedland. Records focus on her education and career within academia, in particular as a professor, and former Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy. Material also covers some aspects of Prof. Friedland’s career working as an occupational therapist. Records include typescripts and presentation notes, administrative records from the Department of Occupational Therapy, teaching and course material, clinical notes, correspondence, awards, and biographical material.

The history of occupational therapy in Canada has significant coverage through records related to the research and publication of Prof. Friedland’s book, Restoring the Spirit, as well as through the collected records of Helene Primrose LeVesconte, Thelma Cardwell, and Isobel Robinson. Represented in Series 8 to 10, these three individuals each served as former heads of the UofT’s Department of Occupational Therapy, in addition to teaching and practicing occupational therapy. The collected historical material includes minutes, typescripts, correspondence, artifacts and teaching material.

Friedland, Judith F.


Series consists of journal publications and presentations reflecting broad areas of Prof. Friedland’s research. Material focuses on the assessment and impacts of social support on quality of life and the history of occupational therapy. Topics covered include seniors’ driving safety, the mental health of university students, and the treatment of both psychological and physical conditions. Reflecting these areas, the series is divided into three sub-series: social support, history of occupational therapy, and a general sub-series. Records include presentation material, off-prints, background material and correspondence.


Sub-series consists of material published and presented by Prof. Friedland that reflects broad areas of her research. Among topics included are education and occupational therapy-related interventions for a range of conditions. Records include book reviews, offprints, correspondence, typescripts and notes.

History of occupational therapy

Sub-series consists of publications and presentations surrounding aspects of the history of occupational therapy. Records include offprints, correspondence, presentation slides and notes, and typescripts.

Social support

Sub-series consists of publications and presentations surrounding issues of social support, its assessment and role as a health determinant in various conditions. Records include offprints, correspondence, reports, and presentation material.

Isobel Robinson

Series consists of material documenting the career and research of Isobel Robinson, occupational therapist, professor and Director of the Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Material includes both biographical content, including curricula vitae, awards, and transcript of an oral history interview, as well as records covering her historical research and work for the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). Following her retirement, Isobel Robinson was appointed as the first archivist of the CAOT. Records in this section reflect her interest in both the history of occupational therapy in general as well as her knowledge of the development of professional organizations in the field and include the text of a eulogy given by Prof. Friedland.

Thelma Cardwell

Series documents the professional life of Thelma Cardwell (1920-2001), occupational therapist, professor and former Director at the University of Toronto’s Department of Occupational Therapy. Material covers Prof. Cardwell’s education, development of her academic career, activity in professional organizations such as the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, and awards received. Records include curricula vitae, tenure application, correspondence, diplomas, and text of a eulogy given by Prof. Friedland.

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