The Tennessee Chiropractic Association (TCA) culminated its completion of their 4-year long oral history collection with a formal presentation to the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library, Special Services. TCA Historian and History Committee Chairman, Dr. Arthur G. Lensgraf traveled to Davenport, Iowa and personally delivered the Tennessee collection to the school during their Homecoming Weekend this past August.
This ambitious project initiated in January 2007, when Dr. Chris Alexander, then TCA president, and the board of directors began planning for the association’s 75th anniversary celebration. In 2008, newly seated president, Dr. Beth Barnett with Drs. Arthur Lensgraf, Chris Alexander and Debe Williams, as well as TCA Executive Director Tiffany Stevens continued the committee’s work in the spirit of the Chiropractic Centennial Foundation’s successful volume of oral histories to commemorate chiropractic’s 100th year and to preserve our past. The committee embarked on a project to collect oral histories of TCA members and other chiropractors across the state.
Dr. Lensgraf generously volunteered his time and expertise to travel to all nine TCA districts, facilitate each recorded history, and then worked with TCA staff and Palmer transcriptionists to approve each final transcript, a process which spanned 4 years from start to finish. The collection recordings concluded in July 2012 with Tiffany Stevens conducting the final interview of Dr. Arthur Lensgraf, himself. All of the participants have received copies of their recorded histories and transcripts and a compilation is being published for archiving in the historical collections at the TCA headquarters.
The magnitude of this effort has not gone unnoticed by others. The TCA has received recognition from peer associations who appreciate the energy and resources required to take on a project of this scale. In 2009, the Association for the History of Chiropractic Winter Journal issue highlighted an article on the TCA Oral History Collection project and moreover, Dr. Lensgraf facilitated a presentation during their Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio to representatives from all over the world as a model for similar projects in their areas. The TCA was also presented with the Tennessee Society of Association Executives 2010 Association Program Excellence Award for our 75th Anniversary Celebration including our efforts for historical preservation.
This collection is the only state collection of its kind and the TCA is proud to have been able to collect these incredible histories for the benefit of future generations. Sincere appreciation goes to Dr. Arthur Lensgraf for his dedication to the project and the staff from the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library’s Special Services Department who provided transcription and editing services, especially Glenda Wiese, Ph.D. (who retired from Palmer in 2011).
Palmer Library is currently cataloging the interviews, which will be discoverable the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library catalog at http://library.palmer.edu/home.
The bound copies of each transcript presented on behalf of the TCA by Dr. Lensgraf will be housed in Special Services of the Library, along with the original cassettes and copies of the CDs and DVDs of the interview.
For more information, contact Special Services Head Librarian – Rosemary Riess by email: email@example.com or by phone: 563-884-5894.