Ayres (Dr. A. Jean) Archive Edit


Finding Aid Author
Jennifer Allan


  • 1943 – 1999 (Creation)


  • 7 Linear Feet (Whole)
    11 boxes

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  • Abstract

    Papers, tests, and artifacts of A. Jean Ayres, groundbreaking occupational therapist. All items donated by friends, family, and coworkers.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Preferred Citation

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