African Americans in Chiropractic History

In honor of Black History Month, our 2nd floor display case is highlighting some significant people and moments in chiropractic and African-American history. Harvey Lillard, the first person to be adjusted was African-American, and he played a huge role in the founding of chiropractic.

D.D. Palmer adjustment

Rubel College was the first Chiropractic College to accept African-Americans into the program. It was founded by Fred Rubel.

Black chiropractors quotePalmer Junior College was the first 2 year degree program to offer a course in African American history, a change implemented by David D. Palmer.

David Palmer and Lillard family member

Come learn about this and more in the library’s second floor hallways display case!

–Special Services

B.J. & Mabel: A Love Story

B.J. and Mabel met in 1903 at Augustana College where Mabel was a student. She sang in the choir, and B.J. was an apprentice organist. They had a year-long courtship, and were married April 30, 1904.They had a lot of love and respect for each other. We have a collection of letters and other correspondences between the two of them from the trips they had to take apart, and B.J. lovingly addresses and signs each one to and from, “Hon”.valentines image 1

Come and see examples of these and more in the 3rd floor library display in the Davenport Campus!

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From ~ Special Services


Chiropractic Business Cards

Did you know that the Library’s Archives has hundreds of chiropractic business cards as part of its collection?

They are a valuable source of information for researchers, and can be used to find out information about past and present chiropractors and their practices. If you are, or were, a chiropractor, or have copies of old family members or even your current chiropractor’s card, we would love to add them to our collection!

BusinesscardsimageJust send them to:

Attn: Rosemary Riess

David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library

1000 Brady Street

Davenport, Iowa 52803

Or, if you’re on campus, just send them through intercampus mail!

–Special Services

Special Services 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 Databases: MEDLINE Complete and CINAHL Complete

The library has access to two new databases: MEDLINE Complete and CINAHL Complete.

MEDLINEComplete200MEDLINE Complete includes access to the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database of abstracts for over 5,000 medical and health sciences journals. MEDLINE is known as a highly trusted source because it’s very selective of the journals it includes. Although you can also search MEDLINE through PubMed, MEDLINE Complete provides us with full-text access to even more journals than before.

CINAHL Complete includes the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature database. Although its focus is nursing, it includes full-text access to pertinent allied health journals that otherwise may not be available through PubMed or MEDLINE.CINAHLComplete200

Both databases can be accessed through EBSCOHost and have interfaces similar to Academic Search Premier and other EBSCO databases. To get started, check out our tutorials for MEDLINE Complete and CINAHL Complete today!

— Roseann

Digitize This!

This New Year we are aiming to provide more content online to our students, faculty and chiropractic history enthusiasts! We have been digitizing yearbooks and other Palmer publications, and will announce via the blog when new content is released. A huge thanks to our student workers who made this possible: Katrina Smith, Brent Kroll, and Nina McQuilkin. We could not do it without you!

flipbookyearbookThis month we have three yearbooks that are now available in a searchable Flipbook format:

Classmates, June 1922

Class 1063, 1966

Anton Meister Memorial Class, December 1966

We hope you enjoy them and stay tuned for more to come!

–Special Services

Related Materials:

Digitization Project Overview

Digital Collections Homepage

New Year’s Resolutions, Library Style

As 2016 starts rolling into motion, many people have long since picked their New Year’s Resolutions. You might have losing weight, getting organized, or finally kicking that bad habit topping your list, but here at the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library, we’ve come up with a few resolutions that will help you attain that educational goal you’re striving for in 2016.  Check below for our four New Years’ Resolutions, Library Style!

  1. Get Organized

refworksIf you’re not using RefWorks for research and writing, you should be!. RefWorks is an online database that will manage and store all that hard-found research for you, and does the heavy lifting when it comes to citations and bibliographies, too. Using RefWorks allows you to create a personal database of an unlimited number of records, all easily accessible from any internet-capable computer, and organize them according to your needs. Once you have the records you need entered into your database, with just a few clicks RefWorks will create your citations and format your bibliography faster than you would be able to Google “How to do an AMA citation.” Click the link below for more information and to get started on making your life that much easier! RefWorks

Refworks libguide

  1. Keep Up-To-Daterss

With the internet at everyone’s finger tips, staying up-to-date is easier than ever. You can keep up with friends easily via social media, but did you know it’s just as easy to stay up-to-date with the latest medical and chiropractic news? Many of the big medical institutions have created RSS feeds that can easily send push notifications to your smartphone. You can also create your own RSS feed to your favorite podcasts or blogs. Check below for links to some RSS feeds from a few of our favorite organizations:  Alerts & Push Notifications guide

The Spine Journal – ScienceDirect Top 25 Hottest Articles

  1. Be More Social

socialmediaEveryone today is at least on Facebook, most have a Twitter account, and many use Instagram. That includes us! See what’s going on at the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and seeing what we have going on via Instagram!

  1. Explore a New Topic

We at the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library are here to make your life easier. By visiting our webpage, you may find resources you never knew were available to you before! The webpage has tutorials on how to use all of our available databases, so instead of searching PubMed for an hour without finding anything, you can do quick and efficient research that will lead you right where you want to be! Also on the webpage, you can find Subject Guides created by the Library staff to make everything a little simpler. Have you ever wondered if there’s chiropractic for animals? There’s a guide for that! Are you curious about complementary and alternative medicine? We have a guide for that, too. There are also guides for specific courses offered at Palmer, created by the professors for the students.

Public Services – Library Staff


Dr. David D. Palmer’s Birthday Celebration

Come check out our display on the 3rd floor hallway and see some personal documents and objects that belonged to Dr. Dave and find out something new!

davidbdayhatDid you know?

  • David D. Palmer was born January 12, 1906
  • David Palmer was B.J. and Mabel Palmer’s only son
  • At a young age he was interested in the Boy Scouts of America, as shown by his Boy Scout application in the display case, as well as the photo of him in his Boy Scout uniform riding his pony, Billy, in the Lyceum parade
  • David Palmer was a student at the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce
  • David Palmer graduated from Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1938
  • As David got older, his interests expanded to golf, just like his father and was a part of a few different golf clubs
  • David Palmer was inaugurated as President of Palmer in August, 1961
  • David Palmer wrote two books titled, The Palmers, and The Three Generations
  • The Library building was dedicated to David D. Palmer in August 19, 1977
  • David Palmer’s enduring contribution was to achieve accreditation status for Palmer which officially occurred after his death in 1978

–Special Services, David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library

Happy Holidays from the Archives

This week we put up our holiday displays outside the 3rd floor library and in the archives window on 1st floor. We are celebrating the holiday season while highlighting the archives with Christmas cards that are chiropractic related, cards that were personally sent to B.J. and Mabel Palmer, or Christmas cards that David D. Palmer sent out to his friends and family. Come check them out!

Holiday Image

Newly Acquired: “A Story Without Words”

storywithoutwordsWe recently acquired a very large framed collection of images entitled, “A Story Without Words,” which has the following caption:

“These photographs tell their own story. We present this tale to you in this form, for mankind likes to see and figure for himself—you do likewise…”

Indeed, the photographs do tell a story! The photographs depict the school in the 1910s-1920s, and faculty members teaching students.

Each faculty member is labelled by their degree, “D.C.”, “D.O.” and “M.D.”. Palmer School of Chiropractic was very proud of its diverse teaching staff and this framed collection of images shows us a snapshot of what the classroom and the campus looked like in its beginnings.

Come visit us to see our newly acquired materials or contact us if you are interested in making your own donation. 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.

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A tour through the P.S.C


History of Chiropractic and Polio


Chiropractors had a huge impact on treatment and preventative care for people affected with poliomyelitis in the forties and fifties, and continue to help those with post-polio syndrome as well. Come and check out the display on the bulletin board in the stairwell near the 2nd floor library with resources from both Special Services and the 3rd floor library.

Special Services 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.

The 3rd floor library is open M-Th 7:00am-12:00am, F 7:00am-5:00pm, S 8:30am-5:00pm, Su 2:30pm-12:00am.