Recently, 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 Schmitt, Special Services Student Worker