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IMLSKIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Still National Osteopathic Museum and the A.T. Still Memorial Library received its second Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant in two years. The $30,577 grant will primarily be used to provide digitalized historic materials online that follow the growth of the founding institution of osteopathic medicine and additional papers of Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O., the founder of osteopathy.

These handwritten papers document the early development of the osteopathic medical profession in rural northeast Missouri. Dr. Still (1828-1917) founded the American School of Osteopathy in 1892 in Kirksville (now A.T. Still University, a health sciences university comprised of five schools), significantly advancing healthcare beyond the standard American medical practice of his day. The digitalization project expands access to this historic collection by significantly increasing the services provided to academic scholars, physicians, researchers, students, the public, and libraries throughout Missouri and the far reaches of the Internet.

In January 2009, the museum and library received its first $38,761 LSTA grant to begin the transcription and digitalization process of Dr. Still’s personal and professional writings, many of which were unpublished at the time. According to Debra Loguda-Summers, museum curator and project director, more than 700 pages of Dr. Still’s documents were made available online at the Missouri Digital Heritage website, sponsored by Missouri State Archives and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

The museum’s most recent grant begins February 1. “The next stage of our work on this grant will cover the early growth and administration of the founding school in Kirksville,” said Museum Director Jason Haxton. “We will use the earliest board minutes, legal documents, and letters surrounding our university’s growth from a two-room school house into a national academic institution.”

This phase of the project is expected to take a year to complete and is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Still National Osteopathic Museum collects, preserves, and makes available artifacts and related materials to communicate the history and philosophy of osteopathic medicine to a global audience. The museum is headquartered on A.T. Still University’s Missouri Campus in Kirksville and is the only museum dedicated to the national history of osteopathic medicine.

The A.T. Still Memorial Library includes more than 80,000 volumes and more than 4,500 audiovisual items supporting education in the clinical and basic sciences at A.T. Still University. The library also serves the general public.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (July 22, 2008 ) – Local author Georgia Warner Walter, B.S., D.O.Ed. (Hon.), was selected as one of the American Osteopathic Association’s Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine in May and will be honored during a ceremony in Chicago on July 18. Walter will join 39 other Great Pioneers at the induction ceremony.

As part of the AOA’s Greatness Campaign, AOA members nominated D.O.s, basic scientists, and laymen who have pioneered new frontiers for the osteopathic profession. Walter was nominated by her peers for this honor, and will become one of the AOA’s first 40 Great Pioneers.

Walter wrote “The First School of Osteopathic Medicine: A Chronicle,” which was published for A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine during its centennial celebration. Walter says the book, which took more than 10 years to complete, began as a short essay written for Kirksville magazine. The essay, titled “The Beginning,” was well-received and prompted the college to request a full exploration of the school’s past to coincide with its 100-year birthday. The book was published on time in 1992.

Walter served as director of the A.T. Still Memorial Library at KCOM from 1969 to 1986. Upon her retirement, she was awarded the honorary doctor of osteopathic education degree. She has written three books on osteopathic medicine in addition to publishing “First School.” Her other titles include “Osteopathic Medicine: Past and Present,” “Women in Osteopathic Medicine: Historical Perspectives,” and “The First D.O.”

Walter is passionate about her belief that the unique brand of medicine called “osteopathy” still needs further exploration and study. “There are a lot of good books about its history,” she says, “but I think we’re still missing a lot. There is a lot more work that could be done.”

Walter received the regional Daughters of the American Revolution “Women in History” award and won the Gottlieb Prize from the National Medical Library Association in 1979 for “Osteopathic Medicine: Past and Present.” In 1990, she received the Living Tribute Award from KCOM, and the reading room of the ATSU library was named in her honor.

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