Student Finds: Mary and Her Lamb

MaryB.J. Palmer was an intelligent man. He wrote, read, researched, discovered and most importantly, developed more things than I can imagine. Now that he has passed away, no one will ever know all of the things that he knew. Any study of B.J. should include his writings, but another way to gain insight into his mind should be by studying the books that he read, including those that were not chiropractic in nature.

Originally from his mansion house, some of B.J. Palmer’s leisure reading books can now be found in the archives. Recently, I discovered a little known book of B.J.’s collection showing that B.J. Palmer knew “The Entire Truth About a Very Celebrated Case.”  He knew why Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow.

Buried within the book collection, among books by notary chiropractic authors such as Stephenson and Vedder, is a tiny booklet called “The Life Story of Mary and her Lamb,” by May Stout (1914). Written by the infamous Mary’s niece, the booklet recounts the story of Mary saving a lamb that had been cast away by its mother. Mary nursed the lamb back to health and it followed her everywhere, including school. The story continues on to talk about a fellow who was visiting the town and wrote a poem, a poem that has stayed in our hearts forever. The story is a whirlwind, however, and despite its popularity, it ends with a surprising twist of fate.

If you’d like to see how this story ends, visit the Palmer Special Collections and Archives. 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:

The life story of “Mary and her lamb”

Newly Acquired: Parker Chiropractic Research Foundation Photographs

Parker SeminarWe recently acquired photographs of the Parker Chiropractic Research Foundation Seminars. James William Parker graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1946. In 1951, he started the Parker Seminar Program, which became very popular especially in the late 1970s to early 1980s, drawing large numbers of chiropractors, nationally and internationally. These recently acquired photographs are from this era and show just how many came to listen to top chiropractic speakers. It was also during this time that Dr. Jim Parker founded the Texas based Parker College of Chiropractic in 1978.

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:

Blueprint for chiropractic advertising : Parker chiropractic sales seminar, 1951

The Parker chiropractic Q & A book

The Parker chiropractic research seminar : Alumni list

The Parker photobiography : the life and works of Dr. James William Parker

Parker system of professional service for the doctor of chiropractic : textbook of the Parker School for Professional Success/Sharing

Life Hacks to Increase Productivity: A Featured Article from The DO Magazine

blogpost1-20One of the new buzz words is “life hacks” which is a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way. One of the latest issues of The DO Magazine has a new article for physicians giving them suggestions on how to increase their productivity in 2015.  Below is a list of their suggestions.  For access to the entire article from on campus, please go to the url:

From off-campus, please use your campus ejournals list and search for the journal “The DO Magazine” to get access to the article.  Good Luck on all of your New Year’s Goals and we hope these suggestions will help you be more productive in 2015!

  1. Get CME on the road
  2. Stay up to date on the go
  3. Wrangle your EHRs, Part 1: Macros
  4. Wrangle your EHRs, Part 2: Try dictation
  5. Wear wrinkle-free clothes
  6. Practice management: Set up standing orders
  7. Give ‘if-then’ instructions
  8. Optimize your sleep
  9. Reserve free time in your daily schedule …
  10. … And earmark time for long-term goals

— Phyllis

Recently Researched: Palmer Rugby Team

blog1-15Recently we had a student stop by who was interested in the history of the Palmer Rugby team. The Palmer Archives have archival papers from the Athletic Department, which contain newspaper clippings, programs, images, and statistics.

“Thirty Years of Spreading the Word of Chiropractic through Athletic Excellence,” edited by Andy Nelson (PCC/RFC, Oct. 1988 – Feb. 1992), contains photocopies of articles from The Beacon that span the 1960-1990 period. This gives a good overview to the history of the team and discusses how the Palmer Rugby team originated in 1960 and how Dr. Louw was one of the first team members and became one of the first coaches.

The championship programs are also a great resource for capturing a snapshot of the Palmer Rugby team at a particular time, with a full listing of the members of the Palmer team, participating teams and locations, pictures, local advertisements, and even cartoons! Go ruggers!

Come visit us to see our resources on the Palmer Rugby team or find out more about other sports played at Palmer. 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.

— Rosemary

Related Materials:

Thirty years of spreading the word of chiropractic through athletic excellence : Palmer rugby 1960–1990

Palmer College of Chiropractic rugby matches [videorecording]

Palmer College of Chiropractic presents 1973 rugby national tournament


Student Finds: Legalizing Chiropractic

Governor Miller SaidLyndon Lee was a chiropractor who vehemently fought for chiropractic rights within the state of New York. He was a leader who brought our profession to the forefront by organizing our schools and helping design the first chiropractic research project on clinical effectiveness with the Foundation for Health Research.

While going through a box of Lyndon Lee’s correspondence, I found this flyer advocating the licensure of chiropractic in New York! It shows various legalities from the other 21 states that had chiropractic laws in 1922. A great history lesson for those who love chiropractic!

Chiropractic was first legalized in 1913 by Kansas and North Dakota. New York did not license Chiropractic until 1963. Louisiana was the last state to legalize chiropractic in 1974.

Come visit us to learn more about Lyndon Lee or to find out more about chiropractic licensure. 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.



Resource of the Month: ‘Tis the Season

Christmas AdvertsChristmas is around the corner, and as I was feeling festive I wanted to see what we have in the archives that relates to the holidays. I soon found some fantastic chiropractic Christmas advertisements. These advertisements are dated from the 1920s to the 1960s and often promoted chiropractic offices and good health for the coming year. In addition, we have Christmas cards that show just how integral and festive the Palmer family was to the local and wider chiropractic community.

Come visit us and check out chiropractic Christmas ephemera. 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.


Hello from Eric Tommerdahl – Branch Manager Librarian @ FL campus!

EricTommerdahlHello everyone!  I’d like to introduce myself.  I’m Eric Tommerdahl, and I’ve recently been appointed Branch Manager Librarian for the Port Orange Campus of the David D. Palmer Library.  In that position, I have overall charge of the Port Orange Campus Library, supervising the library staff under Chabha’s leadership, as well as educating students and faculty about the use of the library and the wonderful resources it has to offer.  I am very proud to have this opportunity, and I hope to serve the Palmer community well in the years to come.

My career background is in public librarianship, so this position is a new opportunity for me.  Before coming to Palmer, I was Director of the Clewiston Public Library/Hendry County Library Cooperative, where I was responsible for supervision of the staff, budgeting and fiscal management, public relations, and project management, relations with other City departments and government bodies, and similar matters.  Before that, I was the Manager of Lake County’s Astor Branch Library, and before that held library directorships in Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as other positions in Minnesota, Ohio, and Louisiana.  I have more than 20 years of experience in libraries.  As a librarian, I am oriented toward customer service and community relations.  In the case of my position with Palmer, I believe that building a strong relationship with the student body and faculty is an essential part of fulfilling the library’s mission, and hope to work toward that end by leading the Port Orange Campus Library to exceed expectations in service.

My Masters’ of Science – Library and Information Science is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  I have an academic background in 20th century German History, holding an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in that subject.   My hobbies remain highly academic.  I have interests in history, especially those of the 20th century and ancient times, as well as Celtic studies, linguistics, archaeology, and so on.  I also have an interest in alternative healing and related topics.  As part of this interest, I have begun studying herbalism with the Live Oak School of Natural Healing.  This has given me an interest in Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and similar healing modalities.

So, far, I am very impressed with Palmer, most especially the community and student body.  Everyone at Palmer has been very welcoming to me, and the library appears to be top notch.  We offer great resources to our students, an up-to-date and sophisticated learning environment, and a wealth of chiropractic history and heritage.  This, of course, is exactly what one would expect from what is widely reputed to be the finest chiropractic college in the world.

— Eric.

Student Finds: Edward Mundy Papers

Palmer AdvertisementsRecently I took on my first big endeavor in the archives. I organized the file of Edward Mundy, who was a chiropractor in New York in the 1920s-1940s. His contribution to the archives was a significant amount of mail and advertisements, all related to chiropractic, Palmer, or health care of some sort. The box is full of cures and table advertisements and patient education materials that all have a quirky, fun old feel from those decades.

The file contained a few communications from BJ Palmer, or as his letterhead proclaimed:  “A Personal from BJ” that discussed the current happenings at the school. I found it interesting when I saw the return envelope. It simply says:


BJ Palmer envelope


Davenport, Iowa,



No last name, no address needed.

In addition, I found catalog that was issued by Palmer containing patient education materials.  The posters were rather different compare to the ones we see now. Back then, they were all in black and white and much simpler with generally only one take away point. Without the advantage of modern printing and eye catching materials, they had to be much more clever. One poster states: “A smile is contagious but the board of health doesn’t object.”

As a 9th trimester student approaching graduation and practice, I find myself thinking about using simple ideas to create insightful messages for my future practice. The simpler the message is, the more effect it has on the patient.

If you’re interested in learning more, stop by the archives and explore our chiropractic advertisements. Special Services is located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm

Until next time,

— Miranda


the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library features: American Journal of Sports Medicine

blogpost11-18Concussion is a hot topic for health care providers involved in sports medicine.  Palmer College of Chiropractic Libraries would like to highlight our online subscription to American Journal of Sports Medicine, which has published several recent articles centering on concussion.  In the past 5 years, this journal has published approximately 50 articles that focus on concussion.

This is one of the latest articles published on concussion in the journal.

Concussion Management in United States College Sports: Compliance With National Collegiate Athletic Association Concussion Policy and Areas for Improvement.

Baugh CM, Kroshus E, Daneshvar DH, Filali NA, Hiscox MJ, Glantz LH.

Am J Sports Med. 2014 Oct 21. pii: 0363546514553090. [Epub ahead of print]

Here is a sample of some of the articles you can find in the journal on concussion.

Protective equipment and player characteristics associated with the incidence of sport-related concussion in high school football players: a multifactorial prospective study.

McGuine TA, Hetzel S, McCrea M, Brooks MA.

Am J Sports Med. 2014 Oct;42(10):2470-8. doi: 10.1177/0363546514541926. Epub 2014 Jul 24.

On-field performance of national football league players after return from concussion.

Kumar NS, Chin M, O’Neill C, Jakoi AM, Tabb L, Wolf M.

Am J Sports Med. 2014 Sep;42(9):2050-5. doi: 10.1177/0363546514539449.

The Relation Between Testing Environment and Baseline Performance in Child and Adolescent Concussion Assessment.

Vaughan CG, Gerst EH, Sady MD, Newman JB, Gioia GA.

Am J Sports Med. 2014 Apr 30;42(7):1716-1723.

National High School Athlete Concussion Rates From 2005-2006 to 2011-2012.

Rosenthal JA, Foraker RE, Collins CL, Comstock RD.

Am J Sports Med. 2014 Apr 16;42(7):1710-1715.

You can go to your libraries A to Z ejournals list and search for American Journal of Sports Medicine to find more articles.


— Phyllis

Newly Acquired: Little Bit O’ Heaven Visitor Ticket

Little Bit O Heaven TicketWe recently acquired a ticket from “A Little Bit of O’ Heaven” with visitor number 136474. “A Little Bit O’ Heaven” was a greenhouse and courtyard full of Buddhas, exotic plants and oriental statues, designed by B.J. Palmer in 1923 and was opened on July 1, 1924 for visitors. The ticket we just acquired indicates the number of visitors since opening day.

B.J.  Palmer created “A Little Bit O’ Heaven” as a “desire of one man to bury himself.” B.J. Palmer states, “It was personal and was originally not intended for visitors. It was a vent where excess mental baggage was unloaded onto rocks and stones, ponds and pools, fish and flowers, shells and star-fish.”

A “Little Bit O’ Heaven” was a collection of artifacts that B.J. and Mabel Palmer collected on their trips around the world. The site also contained a chapel where many people were wed. It was a very popular destination in Davenport due in part to the vast number of objects in the collection from around the world. Many people at that time were unable to travel very far outside the U.S. and so the draw of many visitors to this site was to see wonders of the world and to learn of different cultures.  After B.J. Palmer’s death in 1961, “A Little Bit o’ Heaven” began to decline. The greenhouse and the courtyard were torn down in the early 80s, except for the Buddha. A portion of the courtyard was eventually restored by the Museum and still attracts many visitors to this day.

Little Bit of Heaven picture

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:

A Description of and Illustrations of a Little Bit O’ Heaven

Palmer Family Residence

David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library – Davenport Campus

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David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library – Florida Campus

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David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library – San Jose, Calif., Campus

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