Newly Acquired: Homecoming Donations

blog1During Homecoming we received a large number of donations. This year, we acquired textbooks and class notes from an alumnus during his time as a Palmer student from 1960-1964. Many of these are Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity produced notes and most of his class writings are encased in leather and cloth binders so they are interesting as an artifact as well as the notes within them.

We also received 14 reel-to reel tapes of B.J. Palmer lectures, recorded by the donor’s father in the 1950s. The donor, a Palmer 1980 alumnus, stated, “I hope they can be recovered and shared with future generations.” We will be prioritizing these tapes and other similar B.J. Palmer recordings for the conversion process of old audiovisual material into a digital format, which is a long-term project for the library.

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.


Related Links:

Donation Guide

Cooking With Palmer

book1A recent addition to the Special Services collection is a cookbook – The Palmer Palate : Adjusting Your Appetite (Kearney, NE : Morris Press, ©2001. Call number TX715 .P31 2001) There are 138 pages of recipes contributed by the alumni, faculty, staff, students and retirees of the Palmer Chiropractic University System, as well as eight recipes from the Palmer Mansion.

Many of the recipes I’ve seen before in various local cookbooks, but the Palmer Mansion recipes intrigued me – you could make a pretty good lunch using these recipes. It would start with a casserole or a pot of homemade soup using Reverend Hoover’s Noodles (p.33), accompanied by Real Delicious Rolls (p. 84). Other bread recipes are Amana Bread (p. 73) and Lemon Bread (p. 78). Then, for dessert, a pie made with Apple Cream Pie Filling (p. 84), or other sweets such as The Great Oatmeal Bars (p. 112), Honey Fruit Cookies (p. 122), or Margaret’s Candy (p. 123). These are recipes for foods that the Palmers may actually have eaten while living in the mansion. And, the cover design is quite whimsical – the Palmer busts topped with chef hats.

book2Another cookbook I found in Special Services is titled Aunt Jane’s Cook Book (Davenport, Iowa : Palmer School of Chiropractic, ©1928. Call number TX715 .W63 1928). This cookbook was “compiled from the Favorite Recipes of the Members of the Woman’s Exchange Club of WOC [Radio Station]”. This is one of those old cookbooks that I love to look at – it included sample menus, ads from 1928 for things like stoves, baking powder, shoes, etc., and household recipes for salves and fly repellent, as well as instructions on how to keep house, how to set the table, etc. There is a diet plan for GAINING weight. I don’t know who Aunt Jane is, but since this was associated with WOC Radio, the Palmers may have used some of the recipes (and advice) in this book.


Two other cookbooks with ties to Palmer were put out by the Palmer Chapter of the WAICA (Women’s Auxiliary of the International Chiropractic Association, call numbers TX715 .P35 1970Z and  TX715 .P35 1974), one in 1970 and one in 1974. The 1970 edition is a small, 57 page booklet, very plain, containing type-written recipes with no contributor names. The 1974 edition contains 100 pages of recipes, with contributor names from across the country (and sometimes outside the US), so this may possibly be a national effort distributed by local chapters.

book4The most recent cookbook in Special Services with ties to Palmer is titled Your Palmer Family Cookbook (Port Orange, FL : David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library Florida, ©2010, call number
TX715 .Y68 2010). This cookbook was edited by Kerry Dunham at the Florida library, and contains recipes contributed by staff, faculty and administration people from all three campuses of Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Bon appétit!


Celebrating 100 Anniversary of Homecoming!

PINHomecoming is now over. As always, it was a crazy whirlwind of greeting alumni, students and running about putting up displays and setting out flyers. We had over 334 visitors at the Homecoming booth and Special Services alone. I was pleased to see how well the library was received. Visitors were excited to hear about library services and the B.J. Palmer button was a huge hit. B.J. Palmer gave out this button during the 3rd Lyceum with the note that it is to be worn, “When you leave home, on the train coming, while at the P.S.C. and on the train going” and it was so much fun telling people the story and reviving a Palmer tradition.

RosemaryMy favorite experience is when I spoke to a couple of chiropractors who had traveled all the way from Kyoto, Japan.  One of them was an alumnus who graduated from Palmer 40 years ago and he was excited about the 100 Years Homecoming Slideshow and the B.J. Palmer buttons and wanted to show his pupil. We had pictures taken and talked about how Palmer used to look 40 years ago. He also showed me pictures of his clinic in Kyoto, Japan. This was a very rewarding experience, as I shared these moments with the Alumni community. It is with some sadness that we say “goodbye” for now, in hope to see everyone come back to Palmer at our next Homecoming!



On My Way 2 C B.J. : Planning for 100 Year Celebration of Homecoming

homecomingWith Homecoming 2014 just around the corner, a lot of planning has been underway at the library. This year is special for Palmer College of Chiropractic because we will be celebrating 100 Years of Homecoming. We decided to create a slideshow of images along with an exhibit on display to view during the August 7th- 9th Homecoming festivities.

We found some wonderful images of B.J. Palmer parading up and down Brady Street, images of Palmer students wearing lyceum ribbons, and some images of the large banquets and gatherings that have taken place during Homecoming. We decided to focus on 4 different eras, 1914-1930s, 1940s-1964, 1965-1970s, and 1980s-2014. With one of the eras we quickly ran into a problem. We just didn’t have many images, or documentation of Homecoming during the 1940s- 1950s. Surely, they had fancy luncheons, had parades, and shared knowledge? It turns out we didn’t have much documentation because not a lot happened for Palmer Homecoming during this time. With World War II, a lot of Palmer students were drafted and with funds low, we didn’t have a lot of social programing that happened during this time. Although this era took a bit more digging and a few idea changes, in the end we were able to find items that we feel represent it quite well.

We also had a bit of a setback when we decided to add recordings of B.J. and Dave Palmer to the slideshow. We very much liked the idea of adding their voices to the slideshow and thought that we could easily find a clip of both men talking at Homecoming. Finding a nice clip of Dr. David D. Palmer came quite easily, but finding one of Dr. B.J. Palmer proved more difficult. We have recordings of him introducing people or talking about the power of innate, but nothing specifically Homecoming. We listened to tapes for hours until we found just the right 30 second clip to add to the slideshow.

Now, we are drawing to a close and we have our display and slideshow ready to go. We have also planned to bring back our book sale, which will include green books for purchase. We also plan to sell bookmarks, posters of the original 1914 Lyceum handbill and historical replica buttons.

Come visit us to learn more about the 100 Years of Homecoming. Be sure to check out our booth in the Alumni Auditorium, Aug. 7th-9th. Also, Special Services is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm and for this week only, Saturday 8:30am-5:00pm. We are located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.

–Rosemary and Noelle

Anatomy.TV and a Suite of New Resources

AnatomyTV2The David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library acquired 4 great new resources from STAT!Ref, available online to our Library users:

  • Anatomy.TV – 3D Anatomy for Chiropractic: This interactive tool focuses on spinal anatomy. You can zoom, rotate, and see various layers through animation, MRI’s, X-rays, and videos.
  • AAFP Conditions A-Z:  From the American Academy of Family Physicians, this searchable index of conditions, medical diseases, treatments and health tips is geared toward patients but can also serve as a point-of-use tool for clinicians. Much of the content is also available in Spanish.
  • MedCalc 3000: This calculating tool provides unit and dose converters, medical equations, clinical criteria, decision trees, and more!
  • Stedman’s Medical Dictionary:  Stedman’s has long been a reliable source for medical terminology. This edition is updated, with over 100,000 terms.

To access Anatomy.TV – 3D Anatomy for Chiropractic, please see our tutorial page for instructions. All other sources can be accessed through your campus’s Database Access list:

– Roseann

Recently Researched: B.J. Palmer Clinic Ambulances

carSpecial Services recently received a call from an outside researcher interested in the license plate number of the B.J. Palmer ambulance. We looked at our photograph collection from the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic and found that there were multiple ambulances with different numbers!

The B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic was established in 1935. B.J. Palmer spared no expense when it came to his ambulances. The Hess & Eisenhart Co. who manufactured the ambulances wrote to B.J.  on February 3, 1947, “This car is without any question the most elaborate and completely equipped ambulance we have manufactured in many years producing the nation’s finest ambulances.”

The B.J. Palmer Research Clinic maintained private day and night ambulance services including meeting patients off trains or picking them up in airplane fields!

Come visit us to learn more about the B.J. Palmer Clinic ambulances. 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:

Introductory instructions : and general information about, intended for and directed to patients entering the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic

The B. J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic Booklet

Student Finds: Game of Subluxation!

Do you need a break from your long classes and endless of hours studying for your exams?

gameCome to the archives for a game of “Subluxation: Your Spine is Out Of Line.” Found in the “memorabilia—games” collection, this chiropractic board game is sure to brighten your busy, academic filled days.

Bring in some friends and see who can align the spine first! While digging through the other memorabilia boxes, I found lots of cool things. Be sure to check them all out, too!


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.


Where did all of the books go?

Bwb2Students at the San Jose campus have undoubtedly noticed that our book collection was slimmed down this year. Where there were once giant metal shelves, we now have a wide-open study area, giving sunlight from the library windows an uninterrupted path to shine throughout the room.

Paring down a collection is a regular part of managing a library. We want to make sure that only the best, most recent books are available to students. So, we removed a lot of our older materials in order to make the more recent ones stand out. We, librarians, call this “weeding.” However, instead of just throwing them away, our “weeds” get to take on a whole new life!

Our first step was to have a book sale. I was unsure whether our students would be interested in buying more books, with all of the books they already need for their classes. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see students lined up at the library door on the day the sale began! All in all, it was a big success, and we sold hundreds of books. It warmed my heart to see our students excited about books, poring over the tables and rejoicing in our rock-bottom prices.

After the sale, there were still a few hundred books left over. Luckily, a nonprofit organization called Better World Books works especially with libraries to take discarded books off their hands. Here’s how it works: we send them our books, and they try to sell them through their online marketplace. If they sell, we get a percentage of the proceeds. Whatever they don’t sell is either recycled or donated to nonprofit literacy and education programs, both nationally and around the world. Every way around, it’s a win-win situation.

So, the books are gone but definitely not forgotten or tossed in a landfill! Instead, they will fill the minds, bookshelves, and offices of curious readers and future practitioners.

– Roseann

MeSH Searching in PubMed Made Easy

dynamedThe National Library of Medicine has rolled out a new tool for PubMed that can make subject heading searching much easier.  Rather than enter terms into the MeSH database to see if they are authorized subject headings, a hit-or-miss, and possibly time-consuming process, MeSH on Demand allows the user to paste up to 10,000 characters of text into a search box, and the program returns MeSH terms associated with the text entered.  Although these are machine-generated and not assigned through human review, it allows the user to search for pertinent subject headings in abstracts or grant summaries without needing to have prior knowledge of MeSH terms. Eventually MeSH on Demand will be linked through theMeSH Database on the PubMed home page.  For now you can access this tool through this URL:

– Karen

Newly Acquired: Early Chiropractic Journals

imageThis month, Special Services received a small selection of early chiropractic journals. We will be adding them to our unbound journal collection. We are currently working on a project to make these items more visible in the library catalog.

These chiropractic journals are a great resource as they document the different chiropractic schools that existed early on. Many of these schools were started by Palmer graduates. Some of these schools did not last very long, which is why they are important because they are the only source of information on the school’s existence.

These journals provide information on the school itself, i.e. alumni directories, information for prospective students, etc, but also touch on wider, national issues related to the chiropractic profession and its gaining ground within the legal sphere. For example, The Lincoln Bulletin has an interesting article titled “Lincoln Graduates Record Before Basic Science Boards,” which highlights the struggles faced by chiropractic students to obtain their licenses.

Come visit us to see our early chiropractic journals. 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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