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

Newly Acquired: Chiropractic saves Sleeping Beauty!

blogpict10-10We recently received an interesting collection of miscellaneous chiropractic items from a donor. Images of a family chiropractic clinic in San Juan, Texas during the late 1920s and early 1930s paint a picture of what an early, chiropractic office was like. Often chiropractors lived and worked in the same facility. The caption on one of the photos reads, “I am taking an x-ray picture of Agnes. We forgot to shut the door so you can see in our living room.”

Another treasure was a newspaper article entitled, “Modern Science Saves Life of Sleeping Beauty!” The story is about a woman named Mrs. Clara Drummond from Fresno, California, who fell into a deep coma from the effects of gas poisoning. Aptly named “Sleeping Beauty” she resisted “all the efforts of the hospital authorities and her family physician to awaken her.” After being deemed a lost cause, a chiropractor was called in as “last resort”; the doctor was “victorious in the fight to restore the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to consciousness.” After 101 days of being in a coma, and on the 11th day of chiropractic treatment, she awoke and recognized her husband who sat beside her. It is a fascinating read.

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.

–Rosemary

Related Links:

Donation Guide

Founder’s Day: Harvey Lillard, First Patient of Chiropractic

FoundersDay“I was deaf 17 years and I expected to always remain so, for I had doctored a great deal without any benefit. I had long ago made up my mind to not take any more ear treatments, for it did me no good.  Last January Dr. Palmer told me that my deafness came from an injury in my spine. This was new to me; but it is a fact that my back was injured at the time I went deaf. Dr. Palmer treated me on the spine; in two treatments I could hear quite well. That was eight months ago. My hearing remains good.”

    - HARVEY LILLARD, 320 W. Eleventh St., Davenport, Iowa

The picture is of Harvey Lillard ca. 1895, at the time when he received the first chiropractic adjustment from D.D. Palmer. Harvey Lillard’s testimony appears in The Chiropractor, January, 1897. Today we celebrate the 119th year of the 1st adjustment.

Come visit us to see Harvey Lillard’s testimony or to see our other resources related to Founder’s Day. 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 and don’t miss out on our Founder’s Day display located on the 3rd floor of the library.

–Rosemary

Related Materials:

D.D. Palmer Historical Guide

1st Adjustment

Founder’s Day

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.

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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.

–Rosemary

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.

–Rosemary

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!

–Nina

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.

–Rosemary

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.

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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!

–Roberta

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