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Robert C. Ward papers

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Identifier: UA-17.273

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of subject files, correspondence, and project files pertaining to Ward's career in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. The papers are listed alphabetically by subject with groupings for projects. Projects include Cranial Research (1985–1995), Myers-Briggs (1967–1985), Osteopathic Principles Education (1978–1986), Osteopathic Principles Textbook (1973–1995), Radiology (1976–1985), and the Establishment of the Residency Program (1984–1993). The collection also include articles, presentations and course materials (1976–1996) by Ward during his tenure at MSU. There are also papers by other MSU faculty including Paul Dressel and Myron Magen. There are also a number of videorecording related to biomechanics research studies and for student training.


  • Creation: 1950 - 1998


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Robert C. Ward, D.O., served as one of the earliest faculty members of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, joining the college in 1970 when it was still a private institution in Pontiac, Michigan. He was the charter chairperson of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and instrumental in developing an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine residency. He served as director of special projects for the college, as a professor in the Office of Medical Education Research and Development, and ultimately, professor in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

Nationally and internationally, Ward had a significant impact on osteopathic principles and practice as the principal investigator of the Osteopathic Principles Education Project, sponsored by the Education Council on Osteopathic Principles of the American Osteopathic Association and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. He developed a glossary and other material seminal to the research and practice of osteopathic medicine. President of the North American Academy of Musculoskeletal Medicine, he also served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Federation of Manual Medicine. Ward is the executive editor of Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine, first and second editions, sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association and published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia. He also served as a member of the Scientific Grants Review Committee, National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), National Institutes of Health.


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Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Robert C. Ward Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Busch
May 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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