Haunted Palmer

West Hall GhostBeing that October is just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight the haunted spots on campus. These comical photos of the “ghosts” of West Hall were taken October 4, 1993. We’re unsure why they were taken, but West Hall is built on the remains of the Immaculate Conception Academy, a Catholic girl’s school that started in 1859, and lasted until it merged with St. Ambrose and became Assumption High School. West Hall isn’t the only building on campus that is known to be haunted. In fact, a number of campus sites have had reports of strange things happening.

The Pi Kappa Chi fraternity house is one of the most documented haunted places in the Quad cities, and since the 1970’s there have been reports from fraternity brothers saying that doors have opened and closed on their own, hearing footsteps when no one was around, and even a typewriter’s keys moving by themselves. The most frightening reports have been from people who claim to have been woken up at night with the feeling of being choked. In  1972 Brad Steiger, an occult writer, and well-known Chicago psychic, Irene Hughes, visited the frat house and said that because it was built on land that was previously owned by St. Luke’s Hospital, that there was an angry doctor’s spirit haunting the house. Irene claims the doctor was wearing surgical clothes and he was there because he didn’t agree with Chiropractic. It was also once the residence of Dr. William A. Stoecks, so maybe he was the angry doctor she saw.

There are also accounts of paranormal activity told about Vickie Anne Palmer Hall (formerly Lyceum Hall) and the Memorial Building. It is said that previous security staff had reported mysterious moving objects they saw on camera and in person.

Have you ever witnessed anything strange on campus? We’ll have a spot to hang your stories as part of the Halloween display organized by Special Services that will be up on the 3rd floor of the library starting early October, come and share your paranormal accounts with us!


New library, new hours, and a new era begins for the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library – Florida!

Library1Opening and welcoming guests to a wonderfully festive open house in early September, the newly renovated library on the Florida Campus has been receiving rave reviews!

The seven new study rooms, with integrated whiteboards and monitors have been especially popular, as has the new “information commons” area just outside of the main library, complete with lounge area, computers and printers.

The Florida Campus Student Council has given the new library a fabulous review and has reported that the library “looks amazing” and “will go a long way to ensure students will have the time and access to the new library and its resources.”


The library’s David D. Palmer theme, vibrant colors and intelligent use of shared study spaces have all contributed to making the new library a popular focal point on the Florida Campus…now available and open seven days a week!





Founder’s Day – September 18

DDFoundersdayThe first chiropractic adjustment by D.D. Palmer is recognized as September 18, 1895, and it was performed on the first chiropractic patient, Harvey Lillard. We will have articles and circulating items that will be inside the 3rd floor library as well as a display set up right outside the 3rd floor library with items from the archives like one of D.D.’s daybooks, photos of past Founder’s Day celebrations, and other interesting items worth checking out.


These and many other resources about the history of chiropractic can be found and viewed in the Special Collections and Archives of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library. Come check it out!

Stop by the Library and enjoy our exhibit on the 3rd floor. FoundersDay

B.J.’s Birthday! Monday, September 14, 2015

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01On September 14th, B.J. Palmer would have celebrated his 133rd birthday, and who best should celebrate this event other than the Special Services at David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library? Our celebration will highlight his legacy with a window display on the first floor, treats and a table with circulating items related to BJ on the third floor. Additionally, we will have fun facts posted around on each level. One such fact being that B.J. was expelled from Davenport High School when he was 14 years old for releasing three rats into the school with two of his friends! Join us and celebrate one of our founder’s birthdays and learn more about BJ.

Our next celebration is David’s birthday, coming up in January. So, keep an eye out!

Come visit us and check out the display or to learn more about our resources. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.


New Resources for Digital Networking

TaoOfTwitterThinking about what you’ll be doing after graduation? No matter where your career is headed, you’ll probably be using online tools to get there. Here are three new books to help you navigate social networks and use popular platforms to your advantage!

  • The Tao of Twitter: Changing Your Life and Business 140 Characters at a Time by Mark Schaefer (McGraw-Hill Education, 2014). This book explains how to successfully market yourself on Twitter. It covers how to use the app as well as how to provide meaningful content that will build a community of followers and maintain strong connections.
  • Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Business by Ted Prodromou (Entrepreneur Press, 2014). Many of us have signed up for LinkedIn, but how does it really work? This book covers how to use LinkedIn as a rich resource for job searching, recruiting, marketing, and advertising. There are also tips on etiquette–very important for this most professional of platforms!
  • The Essential Digital Interview Handbook by Paul J. Bailo (Career Press, 2014). More and more people are using Skype, Google Hangouts, and other live video apps for professional interviews. This book addresses the hazards of interviewing from home as well as great ideas for looking and sounding your best.

Check out these books and other career resources in our Business Resources Collection


TCA Oral History Collection presented to David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library

DonationFour Year Project Comes to Close, but Lives on for Posterity

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: rosemary.riess@palmer.edu or by phone: 563-884-5894.


Resource of the Month: Keep Smiling Cards

Keepsmiling1 “The Keep Smiling Cards have come to be the distinctive emblem of the Chiropractic profession. There is scarcely a chiropractor who does not use these cards in some form…These cards are printed in the Chiropractic colors of purple and white and have a very striking appearance.”

Palmer School’s General Catalog of Chiropractors’ Supplies, 1922

The Keep Smiling cards were and still are an important emblem of the profession. They were especially popular during the time chiropractors were jailed for practicing Chiropractic. While the profession was challenged, this positive message resonated with Chiropractors and gave them strength to carry on, whilst also demonstrating to their captors and the public that their spirit will not be broken and that they will “Keep Smiling.”

KeepSmilingSchoolboyeditedThese Keep Smiling Cards came in many forms; they were used primarily as business cards, sometimes in the form of bookmarks. There were Christmas themed ones, some varied in color from the standard purple and white, others in blue, black or green.  “The Schoolboy” version was a card cutout that depicted a barefoot schoolboy holding a Keep Smiling sign with his cat to the left. This “Huck Finn” type character was used to appeal to school children and was used to promote the chiropractic profession to families.

The Keep Smiling cards along with other important merchandise were created in the P.S.C. Printery, which was a key component to promoting the Chiropractic profession to a wider audience through the production of publications and advertisements. It had the latest machinery and a full staff of typographers, pressmen, artists and layout men.

PSC PrinteryeditedCome visit us at our Homecoming booth next week. We will be highlighting both the Keep Smiling cards and the P.S.C. Printery in our exhibit. Special Services is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.


Related Materials:

General Catalog of Chiropractors’ Supplies (1922)


Student Finds: Health Knowledge

Health Knowledge CovereditedAnatomy can be pretty tedious with all of those confusing pictures and diagrams.  Well fret no more!  In this detailed “Health Knowledge” book by J.L. Cornish, M.D. from 1928, your list of favorite children’s books will now include this anatomy text! With layered pop up illustrations, anatomy has never been so fun. Stop by the archives today to see all the entertaining pop-up images or find an unknown treasure of your own!


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We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.

Related Materials:

Health knowledge: a thorough and concise knowledge of the prevention, causes, and treatments of disease, simplified for home use


Did you know about “Ask a Librarian”?

Ask a LibrarianAre you trying to do some research and need some help in finding a resource or an article?  The library can help instantly! Click on the “Ask a Librarian” under the Research Tools and connect with a librarian.

You can either email a question or chat with a librarian in real time, if the message “Welcome to LibChat “ appears in the Live Chat box.

This tool in meant to give you access to professional help you need when needed.

Please use the service and “Ask a Librarian” for help!

— Phyllis

Recently Researched: WOC Radio

PCCDOI 412 WOC color postcard low resWe recently had a request for general information about the WOC Radio Station. WOC is the acronym for the World of Chiropractic radio station and was revolutionary in promoting the chiropractic profession.

B.J. Palmer purchased the radio station in March 1922, and it soon became part of the Palmer School campus. The station increased its range with the installation of a 500-watt transmitter.

There were reports that WOC was picked up far and wide, even international listeners could hear WOC. Programming included local and national news, weather reports, musical shows and educational lectures, many about chiropractic. B.J. Palmer used the radio station to reach out to the community, promoting the ideals of chiropractic.

WOC is best known as being the first commercially licensed radio station west of the Mississippi and for its famous employee, the future U.S. president Ronald Reagan, hired in 1932 as a sports announcer.

WOC became WOC-TV and began television broadcasts on October 31, 1949. The Palmers owned the WOC broadcasting station for over 70 years.

We have lots of resources produced by WOC, including programing schedules and many articles in The Chiropractor that go into detail about some of the equipment used.

Come visit us to see our resources about WOC Radio.  We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.



Related Materials:

WOC Radio Libguide

Davenport’s WOC AM-FM-TV

A Visit to WOC