William Harvey Lillard—The First ‘Patient’: 1856-1925

Harvey LillardLittle is known about the man whose hearing condition brought forth the first chiropractic adjustment.

Interesting facts about Harvey Lillard:

  • He was an entrepreneur — the owner of the janitorial business who was contracted to clean the Ryan Building where D. D. Palmer’s magnetic healing office was located.
  • According to his family, Lillard continued to receive chiropractic treatment after his hearing was restored.
  • Lillard’s descendants were often seen on Palmer’s campus during Homecoming events & Founder’s Day celebrations.

Harvey Lillard Testimony-page-001

Testimony of Harvey Lillard regarding the events surrounding the first chiropractic adjustment, printed in the January 1897 issue of the Chiropractor.

–Rosemary & Sonnet

D. D. Palmer—The Founder, The Discoverer: 1845-1913

DDPalmer01Did you know..?

Daniel David Palmer was born near Toronto, Ontario in 1845.

  • D.D. held many professions prior to his discovery of chiropractic: grocer, fruit farmer, school teacher, and beekeeper, among others.
  • At age 40, D.D. opened a magnetic healing practice in the Ryan Building located in downtown Davenport in 1885. For the record, B.J. would have been 4 years old at the time.
  • A statue was erected of D. D. Palmer to honor him & the chiropractic profession in Port Perry, Ontario.

To learn more about D. D. Palmer, check out our online resource guide: http://library.palmer.edu/foundersday

–Sonnet & Rosemary


Resources of the Month: Founder’s Day

FounderDay PictFounder’s Day is a week away and the library has some great resources for a project or just for personal curiosity. We have biographies and articles on D.D.‘s life and the 1st adjustment with the 1st chiropractic patient, Harvey Lillard. The daybooks of D.D. Palmer are also worth seeing and they can be viewed in the Special Services area (L103) of the library.

Additionally, we have audiovisual material, photographs and posters of Founder’s Day in the past. The event has been traced back at least 100 years. Take a look at our resources either on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd floor of the library and be sure to check out our Founder’s Day themed display on 3rd floor next week.


Related Materials:

D.D. Palmer Historical Guide

1st Adjustment

Founder’s Day

Recently Researched: The Nervo-Scope

netroscopiRecently we had an inquiry from a student interested in the history of the Nervo-Scope. The Nervo-Scope was manufactured by the Electronic Development Laboratories in New York, as an alternative to the Neurocalometer in the 1940s.

According to the instruction manual, the device enabled chiropractors to be able to detect and measure nerve pressure and this analysis helped with better adjustments.  They were marketed as being “extremely durable and dignified in appearance” and were made to be portable, “for use anywhere, on house calls, or in your office or clinic.”

Come visit us to see our resources on the Nervo-Scope or find out more about other chiropractic equipment. 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:

Reliability of the nervoscope in detecting cervical fixations

Student Finds: Backman Comic

blog1With all of the superhero franchises making their way into the cinemas, comic book heroes have never been more popular. Is chiropractic to be left behind in this escalating trend? Never! Introducing “Backman” your own superhero chiropractic comic! Come into the archives today to explore this marvel of chiropractic ingenuity!


Join Backman, the agent of balance, in his adventures, “Backman faces the brute and the babe” or pay us a visit and make your own discovery. 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.

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

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