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

Resource of the Month: Yearbooks

The yearbooks are by far our most popular resource since most of our questions are genealogical in nature. We get lots of requests from both the chiropractic community and the public asking about family members who have attended Palmer.  The yearbooks we have range from 1921 until 1988.

They contain lots of valuablYearbook picturee information on various Palmer clubs and early organizations such as the “Star Club”, “Trowel Club” and the “Columbian Club.” The earliest yearbooks from the 1920s-1930s, contain not only a picture of the graduating student but a listing of all clubs the student was involved in as well as a descriptive quote, which are at times straightforward and other times maybe a little too honest! For example, William L. Allen, who graduated in February, 1925, is “Always quiet but always good natured”.   Fellow graduate James J. Burke was “a regular fellow” and “inclined to be rather frivolous.”  Mrs. Jay Ayer, a member of the sorority, was described as “One of the few women who is able to manage her husband.”

These resources are also useful in painting a picture of what Palmer was like during their respective eras with pictures of buildings, students and faculty members. Some also contain advertisements for adjusting tables and new chiropractic offices.

Come visit us and check out our yearbooks. 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.


Genealogy Research at Palmer

Yearbook Listings

Dynamed Evidence Based Focus Weekly Newsletter Available Free to Palmer Community


The David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library subscribes to point of care clinical reference tool Dynamed.  As part of their services, you can sign up to receive a weekly newsletter that identifies evidence based discoveries on treating various conditions.  This weekly report is focused on DynaMed articles that are categorized as most likely to change clinical practice.

If you wish to receive the weekly emails, please sign up through their database. Go to Dynamed through your Palmer Library and click on “Online Databases & Articles” located on the top left hand corner of the opening page, click on E-Newsletter. This gives you a link where it says “Join Our Mailing List”. After you click on it, you will be asked to provide your email address. Once you provide this information, you will receive the weekly newsletter, which will allow you to keep up with the latest clinical developments.

— Phyllis

Recently Researched: The Fountain Head Chiropractic Hospital Coin Bank

photo_10-30-2014Recently, we had an inquiry from researchers interested in the Fountain Head Chiropractic Hospital Coin Bank. The coin bank was produced around 1939 as a gift for donors who made contributions towards establishing a chiropractic hospital.

The hospital was to be created at the “Fountain Head” because it is “the place where unadulterated Chiropractic had its birth, and where it has been preserved, promoted, and developed.” It was important to B.J. Palmer that it would set a “high standard of Chiropractic hospitalization” and would start a trend of producing chiropractic hospitals around the country (The Chiropractor, February, 1940).

The hospital fund gained momentum in 1939 and by 1940 significant contributions were made.  In an article, “Lest We Forget—A Word About the Fountain Head Chiropractic Hospital Fund” (Fountain Head News, A.C. 45, 1941) Dr. William Ivens stated $55,795.86 was raised, however there were growing concerns because “the war has frozen all pledges made by overseas chiropractors” and many chiropractors had either passed away, become physically disabled or had financial difficulties.  After World War II, the funds were used to purchase Clearview Sanitarium instead, and the Fountain Head hospital was never built.

Come visit us to see the coin bank or check out our resources on other chiropractic hospitals. 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:

Fountain Head News

The Chiropractor

Student Finds: Dr. Herbert Reaver Papers

blogpost10-16Recently, I began working in the Library’s Special Collections and Archives department. I was drawn to this department as an opportunity for me to experience the beginning of our great profession and encounter any forgotten ideas along the way.

My second day on the job, I was assigned to go through the file of Herbert Reaver. You may remember this name vaguely from philosophy, or like me, it may have been a forgotten trivial detail.  He was the most jailed chiropractor. When I opened his box, I was taken down through what he experienced through his life and discovered that he was a character. His every action was done with a sense of humor and a flourish all his own. Laced through the beginning of the box are not only records of his shenanigans, but also clever little comics. To add on to the experience, many of Dr. Reaver’s class notes are in the file. It’s refreshing and fascinating to see that we are still learning some of the same things as a 1928 student and see how chiropractic is a silver thread through each class that the students went through.

Come down to the archives and take your own trip through his life. Simply ask Rosemary to grab you the box for Herbert Reaver or any other chiropractor you have interest in and jump right in. 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 Miranda Schmittcropped

–Miranda Schmitt, Special Services Student Worker

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