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Over the past several years the Museum and International Center for Osteopathic Research has been expanding its research base.

We have finding aids for several of the collections including the Dr. Andrew Taylor Still Papers and Still-Hildreth Sanatorium Records. The transcriptions and document images for Andrew Taylor Still papers can be found at the Missouri Digital Heritage.

Below is a list of other collections at the Museum and research center. We are always working to expand this list for the benefit of the researchers.. Please contact our Curator or Curatorial Assistant (museum@atsu.edu) if you have any question.

  1. Alice Patterson-Shibely, D.O. Collection
  2. Bohm Collection (Wilbur H.S. Bohm, D.O.)
  3. Charles E. Still Collection (Charles E. Still, Sr., D.O., and Charles E. Still, Jr., D.O.)
  4. Cranial Osteopathy Collection (including information on Dr. W.G. Sutherland)
  5. Denslow Papers - In Process - not open to public at this time
  6. Gasperich Glass Slide Collection (Frank Gasperich, D.O.)
  7. George and Ardella (Dockey) Still Collection
  8. Grim Smith Hospital Photo Collection
  9. Humphries Postcard Collection (Ernest Humphries, D.O.)
  10. JC Burnett-Timken Collection
  11. Jungmann-Levitor Collection
  12. Korr, I.M. Collection - In Process - not open to public at this time
  13. Laughlin Papers (George M. Laughlin, D.O.)
  14. Linebarger, Harley Collection
  15. Littlejohn Material & Papers (Drs. David, James B., and J. Martin Littlejohn)
  16. Magoun Collection (Harold I. Magoun, Sr., D.O.)
  17. McDowell Collection (Robert McDowell, D.O.)
  18. McManis Collection
  19. Rural Clinics Collection
  20. Still-Hildreth Osteopathic Sanatorium Collection
  21. Still-Hildreth Osteopathic Sanatorium Records
  22. Tinning Curriculum and Planning Materials (KCOM President Fred C. Tinning)
  23. Weaver, Charlotte Collection
  24. Willard, Margaret Dennis Papers
  25. William L. Johnston Collection

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ANDREW TAYLOR STILL PAPERS©

Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917) was the founder of osteopathy, a new system of health care that rebelled against the standard American medical practices of his day.  Osteopathy presented a new philosophy and way of viewing the patient, rather than being merely a reformed set of medical or surgical techniques or pharmaceutical remedies.  Indeed, Still’s followers often referred to the “Old Doctor” as a philosopher.  The Andrew Taylor Still Papers document Still’s development of both philosophy and practice and reflect his unique, homespun approach to both.
View Finding Aid: ATSP Introduction PDF

Series 1:  Miscellaneous Manuscripts
Description: Essays, letters, and other items from the Museum and Library collections, given individually by various donors; also selected handwritten documents removed from 1990 Laughlin donation for preservation.*  Includes pages from a 28-page tablet with an interview by a correspondent from the Inter Ocean, a Chicago newspaper (1872-1914).  The original source can be traced via the catalog number and donor code.
View Finding Aid: ATSP Series 1 Miscellaneous Manuscripts PDF

*Items were placed back in their original locations when these could be determined.

Series 2:  Laughlin Box
Description: Essays, letters, book drafts, and other papers; these constitute the bulk of the 1990 Elizabeth Laughlin donation and are assumed to represent the state of the papers when they were in family hands.
View Finding Aid: ATSP Series 2 Laughlin Box PDF

Series 3:  Orschel Family
Description: Material relating to the Herman Orschel family, former patients and family friends from Livingston, Montana (later Chicago). Includes personal letters and poems from ATS and Mary Elvira Still, primarily to Mrs. Orschel.  According to correspondence in the files, the Orschels’ daughter gave the letters Dr. S.V. Robuck (ASO 1913).  He sent them in 1963 to KCOS Dean R.M. Tilley, who apparently put them into a scrapbook with other material relating to ATS.**  The series is noteworthy for the rare personal glimpse it gives of both Stills, for whom very little correspondence has been found. 
View Finding Aid: ATSP Series 3 Orschel Family PDF

**Other loose material believed to be from the scrapbook is in Series 1 (annotated).

Series 4:  Philosophy and Mechanical Principles
Description: Drafts (mostly typescript) of chapters for Still’s book Philosophy and Mechanical Principles of Osteopathy (1902), identified by chapter where possible.  Part of Laughlin donation (original placement within collection unknown).  Note that Series 2 also contains draft material of Osteopathy Research and Practice and possibly other books.
View Finding Aid: ATSP Series 4 Philosophy and Mechanical Principles PDF

Series 5:  Anthology Drafts
Description: Material apparently assembled and retyped for a (possibly posthumous) anthology of Still’s writings.  Annotations suggest that the book was to have been organized by general domains such as Scientific, Historical, Law, and Addresses.  Many of the sections are talks or lectures by A.T. Still that were also published in the Journal of Osteopathy.  Some sections were matched to Still’s 1897 autobiography or noted as unpublished.  The material is typewritten (most with handwritten corrections) unless otherwise noted.  Annotations and corrections are in several handwritings other than A.T. Still’s; few if any are by Still (but see notes for 45-5.10D and 45-6.3D).  The material was catalogued as STAT-45 by the KCOM Library; the Library is also believed to have added the penciled page numbers in the upper right corners.
View Finding Aid: ATSP Series 5 Anthology Drafts PDF

Series 6:  Military
Description: Material relating to Still’s military career, especially his efforts to obtain a pension starting in 1877.  (His difficulties arose largely from having served in militia units rather than the regular Union army; the fact that some documents were filed under “Andrew P. Still” probably didn’t help.  He was finally awarded a pension of $12 a month in 1904.)  Nearly all are copies, many of Bureau of Pensions documents at the National Archives.  Also includes statements by Charles Still about his father’s military service.
View Finding Aid: ATSP Series 6 Military PDF

Series 7:  Death
Description: Announcements, condolence letters and telegrams, floral cards, and other material relating to Still’s death on December 12, 1917.  The series does not include the many tributes to Dr. Still in newspapers and osteopathic journals.  The Museum has a number of clippings (e.g., D1-3 and D1048), and researchers are advised to consult individual publications, especially issues for December 1917 and January 1918.  See also STAT10-18, 23, 39-41.
View Finding Aid: ATSP Series 7 Death PDF

Series 8:  Other
Description: Miscellaneous material.  Of particular interest are ATS’s medical registrations for Macon and Adair Counties; business cards; and materials relating to the fiftieth anniversary reunion of the six surviving members of the Kansas Free State Territorial Legislature (held in Topeka and Lawrence in 1907).
View Finding Aid: ATSP Series 8 Other PDF

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ALICE PATTERSON-SHIBELY, D.O. COLLECTION©

Contents: Documents, photographs, and printed materials
Dates: ca. 1892-1937
View Finding Aid: Alice Patterson Collection PDF

Alice Patterson, born Alice Mary Smith in 1862, was a key figure in the early development of Osteopathy.   Having known A.T. Still as her childhood family doctor, she enrolled in the first class of the American School of Osteopathy (ASO) in 1893.  At the time, she was already an educated woman and a mother; her husband was Henry Eldorus Patterson, the first secretary of the ASO.  For three years following her graduation in 1895, Alice took up several faculty positions at the ASO, including lecturer of obstetrics and gynecology, clinical instructor, and first assistant of the maternity hospital.  She also contributed articles to the early Journal of Osteopathy and developed an osteopathic cure for gall stones

Aided by the endorsement of U. S. Senator Joseph Foraker, the Pattersons opened a highly successful practice in Washington, D.C.  Henry died in 1902, but Alice continued to work as a physician for 25 more years, and kept the Patterson name for the rest of her life.  From 1908 to 1916, she was married to George H. Shibley, a sociologist, writer, and D.O. A wealthy socialite and a leader in the osteopathic movement, Alice served as the President of the District of Columbia Osteopathic Association for several years and became the first Vice President of the American Osteopathic Association in 1918.  She died of heart failure in 1928, at the home of her daughter in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.


WILBUR BOHM (1894-1971) COLLECTION©

Contents: Books, photographs, documents, and memorabilia of Dr. Bohm’s undergraduate days and career in sports medicine. 
Dates: ca. 1914-1991 (bulk 1920s-1960s)
View Finding Aid: Wilbur Bohm (1894-1971) Collection PDF

Wilbur Harrison Smith Bohm (ASO 1921) was a pioneer in the field of sports medicine.  In his youth, he was an avid athlete himself, competing with several school and amateur athletic clubs in shot put, discus, and hammer throw.  For seventeen years, he was Physical Director, trainer, and track and field coach at the State College of Washington (now Washington State University).  He then turned to professional sports and served a number of teams in football, baseball, and basketball.  He was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Team training staff in 1932 and 1936.

Throughout his career, Dr. Bohm conducted research into athletic injuries and training and published a number of articles and monographs on the subject.  He was a founding member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.


CHARLES E. STILL COLLECTION©

Contents: Documents, photographs, printed material
Dates: 1882-1992 ( bulk ca. 1900-1940)
View Finding Aid: Charles E. Still Collection PDF


CRANIAL OSTEOPATHY COLLECTION©

Contents: Photographs, books, printed material, anatomical specimens, teaching and research aids, awards, and other material relating to William G. Sutherland, D.O. (1873-1954), and the field of cranial osteopathy.
Dates: 1898-1989, bulk 1939-1954
View Finding Aid: Cranial Osteopathy Collection PDF


GASPERICH GLASS SLIDE COLLECTION©

Contents: 72 glass slides in wooden box.  From the collection of Frank Gasperich, DO (KCOS 1936); apparently originally from the personal collection of Arthur Hildreth, DO.  It is unknown how or when Dr. Gasperich acquired the slides; he worked with Dr. Hildreth for several years and may have acquired the slides at the time of Dr. Hildreth’s death (1941).
Dates: [ca. 1890-1924]
View Finding Aid: Gasperich Glass Slide Collection PDF

Arthur Grant Hildreth, DO, was a member of the first class of the American School of Osteopathy (1894), an ASO faculty member, president of the AOA (1910-11), co-founder (with two of A.T. Still’s sons) of Still-Hildreth Osteopathic Sanatorium in Macon, Missouri. 

The slides covers both personal and professional subjects, including portraits and informal shots of A.T. Still and members of his family, osteopathic leaders, the ASO, the SHOH, and several Hildreth family gatherings.  Some slides are original images; others are copies from photographs (many of which are in the Museum collection). 


DR. GEORGE STILL AND ARDELLA (DOCKERY) STILL COLLECTION©

Contents: Books, photographs, documents, and memorabilia of Dr. George Still and wife Ardella (Dockery) Still. 
Dates: ca. 1910-1935
View Finding Aid: Dr. George Still and Ardella (Dockery) Still Collection PDF

Dr. George A Still, (1882-1922) the great-nephew of Dr. A.T. Still, was a well-known and highly skilled osteopathic surgeon.  At the age of 25, he became Chief Surgeon at the ASO hospital, a post he held until his death fifteen years later.  George was highly educated earning a B.S., M.S. and D.O.  He loved athletics and avidly supported all the ASO teams.  In 1917, he founded the Kirksville Rotary Club and served as its president for five years; he was also an active Mason.  Following the death of A.T. Still in 1917, George was appointed acting President and later president.  A gun accident at his home took his life on November 23, 1922

Ardella Dockery, (1879-1958) whose family owned one of Kirkville’s best hotels married George Still in 1906.  She was highly involved in state and local civic and educational affairs.  Following her husband’s death, she was named Vice-President of the ASO (succeeding her father-in-law, Dr. S.S. Still who became the ASO’s third President.

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GRIM-SMITH HOSPTIAL COLLECTION©

Contents:  Books, photographs, documents relating to Grim-Smith Hospital & Clinic, ASO, KCOM, Laughlin Hospital, Truman State University  
Dates:  ca. 1910-1990
View Finding Aid: Grim-Smith Hospital Collection PDF

The Grim-Smith Hospital was founded in the early 1900’s.  It has since merged with Northeast Regional Center and the facility has been sold to Truman State University.  It was located on the corner of Patterson and Franklin Street on the edge of Truman’s campus. 


ERNEST HUMPHRIES POSTCARD COLLECTION©

Contents: In the fall of 1909, Ernest Humphries of Malden, Massachusetts, transferred to the ASO from the Massachusetts College of Osteopathy.  Over the next two years, he sent many postcards to his sweetheart back home. About one-third have written messages.  Some are standard commercial images; others feature photographs apparently taken by Humphries himself.  Of particular interest are a hand-painted cartoon promoting the Class of June 1911; numerous shots of the Kirksville ice storm of January 1911; and a rare view of Drs. A.T. Still and George Still together
Dates: 1909-1912
View Finding Aid: Humphries Postcard Collection PDF


JOHN CLAWSON BURNETT©
TIMKEN-BURNETT COLLECTION

Contents: Documents, photographs, printed material, and artifacts from John Clawson Burnett (ASO 1911) and his wife Cora Timken-Burnett. It also contains documents on the building of the Timken-Burnett Research Center in Kirksville, Missouri.
View Finding Aid: John Clawson Burnett Timken-Burnett Collection PDF (in process)


JUNGMANN-LEVITOR COLLECTION©

Contents: Equipment, publications, personal documents, and other materials relating to Martin Jungmann, MD, gravitational strain pathology, and the development and use of the Levitor device.
Dates: ca. 1921-1989 (bulk 1960s-80s)
View Finding Aid: Jungmann-Levitor Collection PDF


GEORGE M. LAUGHLIN PAPERS©

Contents: Correspondence (bulk) and printed articles.
Principal Subjects: Electronic Reactions of Abrams;  Merge of the American School of Osteopathy (ASO) and the Andrew Taylor Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery (ATSCOS);  Wartime admission standards for the Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery (KCOS); Various medical practice issues.
Dates: 1906-1942
View Finding Aid: George M. Laughlin Papers PDF

George M. Laughlin (1872-1948) graduated from the American School of Osteopathy (ASO) in 1900.  He became a pioneering osteopathic surgeon, specializing in orthopedics.  He served as dean of the ASO from 1900-1906, 1908-1910, and 1912-1918. 

In 1919, Laughlin opened the Laughlin Osteopathic Hospital and an affiliated training school for osteopathic nurses.  In 1922, Laughlin founded the Andrew Taylor Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery (ATSCOS), a rival school to the ASO.  Two years later, he bought out the stock of the ASO, merged it with ATSCOS, and renamed the combined institution the Kirksville Osteopathic College (KOC).  Laughlin served as president of the new school, renamed Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery (KCOS) in 1926, until 1943.

Dr. Laughlin was married to Blanche M. Still (1876-1959), A.T. Still’s youngest child.  They had two children, George A. Laughlin, DO, and Mary Jane Laughlin Denslow.  Donations from these families form the core of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine’s collections.  Dr. Laughlin came from a large Kirksville family; three of his brothers became osteopathic physicians as well.


DR. HARLEY LINEBARGER COLLECTION

Contents: Class notes from American School of Osteopathy, documents and clinical notes related to Dr. Linebarger’s practice, books, newspaper clippings, photographs, objects that belonged to Dr. Linebarger and his family, certificates of achievements, Methodist hymnals, personal items owned by Reverend Peter Augustus Swart, and letters and postcards written by Dr. Linebarger, friends and family.
Dates: ca. 1907-1980
View Finding Aid: Dr. Harley Linebarger Collection PDF

In 1908 Linebarger began school at the American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, MO.  Linebarger joined the Alpha Chapter of the Iota Tau Sigma fraternity.   Contained in the collection are class notes ranging from 1908-1911, including classes taught by William Smith, M.D., D.O..  While attending school he corresponded with his future wife, Lillian Driskell.  In the letters Linebarger discussed his studies, exams, courses, and life in the Iota Tau Sigma Fraternity. After graduating in 1911 from the ASO, Linebarger began his practice on August 7 in Chrisman, IL.  Linebarger was part of the Osteopathic old guard; he treated all of his patients with manipulation and did not prescribe medication.     

Also contained within this collection is substantial documentation of the Methodist Church from the 19th Century.    Lillian Linebarger is the descendent of Rev. Peter Augustus Swart.  Rev. Swart was a Methodist circuit rider.   Dr. Andrew Taylor Still's father, Abram Still, was a Methodist circuit rider.  Several volumes on the history of the Methodist Church and different hymnals are also represented within the collection.


LITTLEJOHN PAPERS©

Contents:  Correspondence between the Littlejohns (David, James, and J. Martin) and the American School of Osteopathy and others, mostly having to do with ASO contract controversy (1899-1902). 
Dates:  1899-1913
View Finding Aid: Littlejohn Papers PDF
View Finding Aid: Littlejohn Material PDF

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HAROLD I. MAGOUN, Sr., DO, COLLECTION©

Contents: Documents, photographs, and printed material relating to Dr. Harold I. Magoun, Sr., cranial osteopathy, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower (Dr. Magoun’s patient).
Dates: 1948-1957
View Finding Aid: Harold I. Magoun, Sr., DO, Collection PDF


ROBERT McDOWELL COLLECTION©

Contents: Documents and printed material relating to Robert H. McDowell and his time at the ASO
Dates: 1920-1940
View Finding Aid: Robert McDowell Collection PDF


McMANIS COLLECTION©

Contents: Documents, printed material, photos and artifacts about J.V McManis and the McManis Table Company in Kirksville, Missouri
Dates: ca. 1915-1940
View Finding Aid: McManis Collection PDF (in process)


RURAL CLINIC COLLECTION©

Contents: Documents, photographs, printed material, and artifacts from the Rural Clinics. The materials consist of exterior and interior photos and public information materials; there are no patient treatment records.
Dates: ca. 1930-1970
View Finding Aid: Rural Clinic Collection PDF


STILL-HILDRETH OSTEOPATHIC SANATORIUM*** COLLECTION©

Contents: Documents, photographs, printed material, and artifacts from the Still-Hildreth Osteopathic Sanatorium, a private mental institution which operated in Macon, Missouri, from 1914 to 1968 (from 1965 under the auspices of KCOS).  The bulk of the materials consist of exterior photos and public information materials; there are no patient treatment records.
Dates: ca. 1914-1991 (bulk 1920s-1960s)
View Finding Aid: Still-Hildreth Osteopathic Sanatorium Collection PDF

*** also known as Still-Hildreth Osteopathic Hospital (SHOH)


STILL-HILDRETH OSTEOPATHIC SANATORIUM RECORDS ©
(“STILL-HILDRETH RECORDS”)

Contents:  2,256 individual patient records from the Still-Hildreth Osteopathic Sanatorium in Macon, Missouri, the first osteopathic psychiatric treatment facility.   See “History and Description of Records” and “History and Operations of the Still-Hildreth Osteopathic Sanatorium,” below. 
Dates:  1914–1967; bulk 1914–1930
View Finding Aid: Still-Hildreth Osteopathic Sanatorium Records PDF

The original records are restricted and unavailable for research or other use except by formal petition in unusual circumstances.  In such cases, the approval of both the curator and the museum director will be required.  The photocopies are open to researchers without restriction. A data list is available that includes raw data on the following information:  gender, home state, age, intake and discharge dates, diagnosis, outcome, and family relationships; additional data sets are being compiled. 


TINNING CURRICULUM AND PLANNING MATERIALS ©

Contents: 14 documents, most relating to the osteopathic curriculum at Michigan State University and written or compiled by Fred C. Tinning, Ph.D., during his tenure there prior to assuming the KCOM presidency.  Includes 1 document restricted for KCOM institutional confidentiality.
Dates: 1971-1986
View Finding Aid: Tinning Curriculum and Planning Materials PDF (in process)


MARGARET DENNIS WILLARD PAPERS©

Contents: Correspondence, minutes, and other documents from Dr. Willard’s tenure as chair of the Department of Psychology at KCOS/KCOM (1967-73).  The bulk of the material relates to plans to build a community mental health center for northeast Missouri, with much of it being cc’s to Dr. Willard of correspondence between President Morris Thompson and the Missouri Department of Mental Health and others.  There are also small amounts of material relating to Dr. Willard’s teaching and other responsibilities. 
Dates:  ca. 1969-1973
View Finding Aid: Margaret Dennis Willard Papers PDF



Weaver, Charlotte, D.O.

Dr. Charlotte Winger Weaver’s personal encounters with Dr. A.T. Still, M.D., D.O. during her days as a student at the American School of Osteopathy (ASO)from 1909-1912 inspired her to follow the Old Doctor’s directives to her literally--to carry on with his research into circulation from the head through the spinal cord and back again.

Throughout her career Weaver taught and published extensively, but never achieved the kind of recognition for her work that William Sutherland, D.O. enjoyed. Weaver concentrated on performing countless dissections of the human skull and examining the x-rays from numerous patients in an effort to determine what cranial changes could occur over time in various individuals who may or may not have experienced trauma. Both Weaver and Sutherland eventually reached similar conclusions: that the cranium is susceptible to lesioning and patients could benefit from osteopathic treatment.
Charlotte Weaver, D.O. Collection PDF


WILLIAM L. JOHNSTON COLLECTION

William L. Johnston, DO, FAAO (1921- 2003) was a prominent educator, researcher, and writer whose osteopathic career spanned sixty years. For the first twenty-eight of those years, he had a private practice in New Hampshire. That experience, as well as his involvement in the fledgling New England Academy of Applied Osteopathy, shaped his thinking and his treatment methods and consequently his teaching and research in his later career. Johnston (hereafter referred to as WLJ) published over fifty articles in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association and other journals, on subjects ranging from interexaminer reliability to osteopathic manipulative treatments, thermography , and standardized patient records; he was also a frequent presenter at scientific conferences. He taught at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1973-90, and remained extremely active even after his retirement. The CV included in Appendix 1 to this introduction provides an overview of WLJ's professional activities.

The William L. Johnston Collection includes working papers, teaching and research materials, photographs, artifacts, audiovisual materials, books, and other material documenting WLJ's professional activities; for a detailed description of contents, see the summary below and the finding aids for the individual series.

The papers contain little "personal" material. However, the Professional Activities series contains a folder of autobiographical statements written by WLJ, and the videotaped Australia seminars included in the Audiovisual series provide a unique and vivid look at how WLJ looked, talked, and interacted with others. Individual items scattered throughout the collections give a sense of WLJ's personality and relationships with his family, students, patients, and colleagues (see Appendix 2 for some examples).

Dates: 1921-2004 (bulk 1973-2001)
View Finding Aid: William L. Johnston Collection - Introduction PDF

Series 1: Early Work - Chapman's Reflexes subseries, NEAAO subseries
Contents: Manuscripts, letters, and other material, primarily relating to the work of Charles Owens, DO, with Chapman's reflexes and technic, as conveyed by Owens's assistant, A.D. Ketcham. Additional topics include sciatica, lymphatics, abdominal pathology, endocrines, and polio. Much of the material consists of carbon copies received by Dr. Grace R. McMains (ASO 1904), whose connection with WLJ-such that he ended up with her set of copies-has not been established. Although the material dates from the early 1940s and thus has been placed in the series documenting WLJ's early work, it is possible that he actually acquired the items at a later date. Arranged as found.

NEAAO subseries: Primarily announcements and programs from NEAAO study sessions and semi-annual meetings. Arranged in reverse chronological order (approx.). Also includes articles of mutual interest apparently passed around among early members of the New England group.

Dates: Chapman's Reflexes subseries: ca. 1941-44; NEAAO subseries: 1934-84; bulk 1953-73
View Finding Aid: William L. Johnston Collection - Series 1 Early Work PDF

Series 2: Professional Activities
Contents: Material documenting WLJ's activities in relation to the profession as a whole, such as credentials, participation in professional organizations, service on the JAOA editorial board, and correspondence with other DOs. Also includes several "ideas" folders and a small amount of personal material such as birth certificate and undergraduate grade reports.

Some materials relating to specific areas of professional activity constitute their own series; see Related Material, below.

Dates: 1924-2003 (bulk 1970-2003)
View Finding Aid: William L. Johnston Collection - Series 2 Professional Activities PDF

Series 3: Michigan State University Faculty and Teaching Materials
Contents: Material documenting WLJ's activities as a faculty  member at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (1973-1989; emeritus 1990-2003). Included are quarterly activity reports; notes on department committees and activities; syllabi and teaching materials for  the "Comprehensive Patient Evaluation" and "Osteopathic Examination" sequences, various functional methods classes, and lectures on specific subjects; materials relating to MSUCOM's Primary Medical Initiative (PMI); and reference materials gathered by WLJ in relation to courses he taught.

Some activities conducted while at MSUCOM are documented in other series; see Related Material, below.

Dates: 1973-2003 (some reference material dated earlier)
View Finding Aid: William L. Johnston Collection - Series 3 Michigan State University Faculty and Teaching Materials PDF

Series 4: Research Activities
Contents: Raw data, data analysis, notes, working papers, and other material documenting WLJ's research activities. Folders for specific studies are grouped alphabetically by project title or study topic except "Project I" is at the beginning and the 1986-87 follow-up study is at the end. Within each group, arrangement varies (numerical, chronological, and/or as found). Groupings and labels follow WLJ's identification where possible; however, much of the material was loose and unlabeled.

The Kelso and Vorro subseries, found after the material for specific studies, consists primarily of correspondence and working material that was boxed separately from the project material. Often covering several topics at once, the material sheds additional light on WLJ's working relationship with these two longtime collaborators.

Dates: 1973-2003 (some reference material dated earlier)
View Finding Aid: William L. Johnston Collection - Series 4 Research Activities PDF

Series 5: Publications and Presentations
Contents: Working papers and final copies of WLJ's book Functional Methods (1994), articles, chapters, abstracts, and presentations (posters, speeches, short courses, etc.). For details about specific subseries, see the listings below. For complete publication information, see the Appendix to this series.

Material was primarily drawn from three boxes labeled "Dad's Published Material," which contained piles of reprints and journals; handouts, overhead transparencies, and similar material from presentations; and working material relating to publications and presentations.  There was little or no apparent original order.  The series also contains similar material from other boxes, including a set apparently kept in the drawer(s) of WLJ's desk.

The # column in the listings indicates the item's sequential number in WLJ's  CV, where applicable.

Dates: 1957-2005
View Finding Aid: William L. Johnston Collection - Series 5 Publications and Presentations PDF

Series 6: Collected Research
Contents: Primarily reprints and photocopies of articles by others, with a small amount of correspondence and notes.  The bulk of the material was found in a set of hanging files arranged alphabetically in two groups, by author and by subject.  This was apparently a general reference file, with materials collected for several reasons:  (1) because of WLJ's acquaintance with and/or interest in the author's work; (2) for reference use in his medical practice; (3) as background for his research interests; (4) for possible inclusion in the MSU curriculum or other teaching purposes .  Many items had no markings other than highlighting of the term under which they were filed.

A large amount of similar material from original Box 37 was added to the Subject subseries as "Specific Projects" and "Other Articles."  A separate set of author files found in Box 41 constitute their own subseries at the end (i.e., they were not integrated into the main author files).  A partial list of journals from which WLJ took articles is included as an appendix.

Dates: 1945-2002
View Finding Aid: William L. Johnston Collection - Series 6 Collected Research PDF

Series 7: Photographs and Slides
Contents: Photographic prints and slides.  The bulk of the material consists of slides created to demonstrate various osteopathic manipulative techniques. Other subjects include various osteopathic groups, images used in presentations and publications, and a small number of personal photos and formal portraits of WLJ.

Dates: 1943-2002
View Finding Aid: William L. Johnston Collection - Series 7 Photographs and Slides PDF

Series 8: Artifacts
Contents: Medical instruments,  plaques, pins, stationery, memorabilia, textiles (academic robes and white coat), research poster.

Dates: 1930s-2004; bulk 1960s-1990s
View Finding Aid: William L. Johnston Collection - Series 8 Artifacts PDF

Series 9: Audiovisual Materials
Contents: Primarily  videotapes from two MSUCOM "Osteopathic Examination and Manipulation" series; also includes other demonstrations and talks by WLJ; a  videotaped lecture by I.M Korr; audiotaped presentations by Bernard St. John and Anne Wales (NEAAO, 1967); and miscellaneous other material.

Dates: 1967-1998
View Finding Aid: William L. Johnston Collection - Series 9 Audiovisual Materials PDF

Series 10: WLJ Library
Contents: Selected books from WLJ's personal/professional library.  Books were retained if they contained any markings by WLJ other than simply writing his name in the cover, or if there were bookmarks, highlighting, or other indications of areas of interest. Blank bookmarks were replaced with acid-free strips; bookmarks with writing were put into sleeves and left in place. Papers tucked into the books were enclosed in acid-free paper and left in place. A master list of other books received but not retained was placed in the Johnston/Brooks donor file; consult the curator.

Dates: 1899-1999; bulk 1970s-1990s
View Finding Aid: William L. Johnston Collection - Series 10 WLJ Library PDF

Contents of Oversize Box
View Finding Aid: William L. Johnston Collection - Contents of Oversize Box PDF


 

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