National Puppy Day!

In celebration of National Puppy Day, we wanted to to talk a little bit about St. Benedict, more often referred to as Big Ben, the Palmer’s beloved St. Bernard! David Palmer talks about Big Ben in his book, The Palmers. Apparently, Big Ben had his run of the campus! He would wander in and out of classrooms, and the students loved…

Women’s History Month: Mabel Palmer

In honor of Women’s History Month, this week’s blog post is attributed to Mabel and some of her accomplishments! Mabel Sarah Heath was born June 5, 1881 in Milan, Illinois. She met Dr. B.J. Palmer while she was attending Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and they were married in 1904. She became a doctor of chiropractic one year later…

Reserve Desk Updates

We’ve got some recent changes and additions to the Reserve Desk that we’re excited to tell you about! In addition to lengthening the checkout time from 2 hours to 3 hours (Hallelujah!) and lowering the overdue fines from $1.00 per hour to $0.25 per hour, we have new models and equipment available for checkout. We now offer parallel rulers and…

The Green Book Corner

The Palmer Special Collections & Archives department were very, very excited to launch their newest project, The Green Book Corner, officially this week! The Green Book Corner is a unique study area on the 3rd floor of the library on the Davenport campus that was designed with B.J. Palmer’s eclectic style in mind to house our numerous green books and to…

Palmer Heritage Line – Coming Soon!

The Palmer Archives are partnering up with the bookstore to bring you all our new Palmer Heritage Line! Right now we have a select number of products for sale in the Davenport Campus Bookstore as a special pre-sale of sorts. The official launch of the line is COMING SOON and we can’t wait to share with you all!!! We have…

Digitization Update

We’ve got a few new things that have been added to our Digital Collection that we’re excited to tell you about!     Most notably we’ve added our very own Mabel Palmer’s Stepping Stones. Stepping Stones is a very readable and personable collection of stories about her family’s travels around the world. It is to Mable Palmer as ‘Round the…

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 at Mabel’s parents home. They spent their honeymoon traveling as they both loved to do, and explored what is now Mammoth Cave National Park in…

The Electroencephaloneuromentimpograph

The electroencephaloneuromentimpograph was a machine that was used in the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic around the 1940’s. It was used before and after an adjustment to prove correct spinal analysis and its correction. The instrument measured, evaluated, and calibrated “the quantity flow of mental impulse from brain to body, both before and after adjustment, thus proving correct place, correct time, correct manner.”…

Dr. Nephi Cottam and the History of Craniopathy

Dr. Nephi Cottam, D.C. was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and was raised with the knowledge of his Swedish naturalist mother, and he credits this for going into a healing field of study. His first interaction with Chiropractic began when he attended the trial of a chiropractor in the District Court in Ogden, Utah. He hadn’t heard of Chiropractic until…

Up-E-Nuf

  Did you know Palmer used to have an auditorium/rooftop garden? It was called Up-E-Nuf and it was located on top of the Administration building and was put in place sometime around the 1920’s. It was home to the WOC radio station and the antenna system which was at one point, the highest point in the “Tri-Cities” as it used to…

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