TCA Oral History Collection presented to David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library

DonationFour Year Project Comes to Close, but Lives on for Posterity

The Tennessee Chiropractic Association (TCA) culminated its completion of their 4-year long oral history collection with a formal presentation to the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library, Special Services. TCA Historian and History Committee Chairman, Dr. Arthur G. Lensgraf traveled to Davenport, Iowa and personally delivered the Tennessee collection to the school during their Homecoming Weekend this past August.

This ambitious project initiated in January 2007, when Dr. Chris Alexander, then TCA president, and the board of directors began planning for the association’s 75th anniversary celebration.  In 2008, newly seated president, Dr. Beth Barnett with Drs. Arthur Lensgraf, Chris Alexander and Debe Williams, as well as TCA Executive Director Tiffany Stevens continued the committee’s work in the spirit of the Chiropractic Centennial Foundation’s successful volume of oral histories to commemorate chiropractic’s 100th year and to preserve our past.  The committee embarked on a project to collect oral histories of TCA members and other chiropractors across the state.

Dr. Lensgraf generously volunteered his time and expertise to travel to all nine TCA districts, facilitate each recorded history, and then worked with TCA staff and Palmer transcriptionists to approve each final transcript, a process which spanned 4 years from start to finish.  The collection recordings concluded in July 2012 with Tiffany Stevens conducting the final interview of Dr. Arthur Lensgraf, himself.  All of the participants have received copies of their recorded histories and transcripts and a compilation is being published for archiving in the historical collections at the TCA headquarters.

The magnitude of this effort has not gone unnoticed by others.  The TCA has received recognition from peer associations who appreciate the energy and resources required to take on a project of this scale.  In 2009, the Association for the History of Chiropractic Winter Journal issue highlighted an article on the TCA Oral History Collection project and moreover, Dr. Lensgraf facilitated a presentation during their Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio to representatives from all over the world as a model for similar projects in their areas.  The TCA was also presented with the Tennessee Society of Association Executives 2010 Association Program Excellence Award for our 75th Anniversary Celebration including our efforts for historical preservation.

This collection is the only state collection of its kind and the TCA is proud to have been able to collect these incredible histories for the benefit of future generations.  Sincere appreciation goes to Dr. Arthur Lensgraf for his dedication to the project and the staff from the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library’s Special Services Department who provided transcription and editing services, especially Glenda Wiese, Ph.D. (who retired from Palmer in 2011).

Palmer Library is currently cataloging the interviews, which will be discoverable the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library catalog at

The bound copies of each transcript presented on behalf of the TCA by Dr. Lensgraf will be housed in Special Services of the Library, along with the original cassettes and copies of the CDs and DVDs of the interview.

For more information, contact Special Services Head Librarian – Rosemary Riess by email: or by phone: 563-884-5894.


Resource of the Month: Keep Smiling Cards

Keepsmiling1 “The Keep Smiling Cards have come to be the distinctive emblem of the Chiropractic profession. There is scarcely a chiropractor who does not use these cards in some form…These cards are printed in the Chiropractic colors of purple and white and have a very striking appearance.”

Palmer School’s General Catalog of Chiropractors’ Supplies, 1922

The Keep Smiling cards were and still are an important emblem of the profession. They were especially popular during the time chiropractors were jailed for practicing Chiropractic. While the profession was challenged, this positive message resonated with Chiropractors and gave them strength to carry on, whilst also demonstrating to their captors and the public that their spirit will not be broken and that they will “Keep Smiling.”

KeepSmilingSchoolboyeditedThese Keep Smiling Cards came in many forms; they were used primarily as business cards, sometimes in the form of bookmarks. There were Christmas themed ones, some varied in color from the standard purple and white, others in blue, black or green.  “The Schoolboy” version was a card cutout that depicted a barefoot schoolboy holding a Keep Smiling sign with his cat to the left. This “Huck Finn” type character was used to appeal to school children and was used to promote the chiropractic profession to families.

The Keep Smiling cards along with other important merchandise were created in the P.S.C. Printery, which was a key component to promoting the Chiropractic profession to a wider audience through the production of publications and advertisements. It had the latest machinery and a full staff of typographers, pressmen, artists and layout men.

PSC PrinteryeditedCome visit us at our Homecoming booth next week. We will be highlighting both the Keep Smiling cards and the P.S.C. Printery in our exhibit. Special Services is 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:

General Catalog of Chiropractors’ Supplies (1922)


Student Finds: Health Knowledge

Health Knowledge CovereditedAnatomy can be pretty tedious with all of those confusing pictures and diagrams.  Well fret no more!  In this detailed “Health Knowledge” book by J.L. Cornish, M.D. from 1928, your list of favorite children’s books will now include this anatomy text! With layered pop up illustrations, anatomy has never been so fun. Stop by the archives today to see all the entertaining pop-up images or find an unknown treasure of your own!


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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:

Health knowledge: a thorough and concise knowledge of the prevention, causes, and treatments of disease, simplified for home use


Did you know about “Ask a Librarian”?

Ask a LibrarianAre you trying to do some research and need some help in finding a resource or an article?  The library can help instantly! Click on the “Ask a Librarian” under the Research Tools and connect with a librarian.

You can either email a question or chat with a librarian in real time, if the message “Welcome to LibChat “ appears in the Live Chat box.

This tool in meant to give you access to professional help you need when needed.

Please use the service and “Ask a Librarian” for help!

— Phyllis

Recently Researched: WOC Radio

PCCDOI 412 WOC color postcard low resWe recently had a request for general information about the WOC Radio Station. WOC is the acronym for the World of Chiropractic radio station and was revolutionary in promoting the chiropractic profession.

B.J. Palmer purchased the radio station in March 1922, and it soon became part of the Palmer School campus. The station increased its range with the installation of a 500-watt transmitter.

There were reports that WOC was picked up far and wide, even international listeners could hear WOC. Programming included local and national news, weather reports, musical shows and educational lectures, many about chiropractic. B.J. Palmer used the radio station to reach out to the community, promoting the ideals of chiropractic.

WOC is best known as being the first commercially licensed radio station west of the Mississippi and for its famous employee, the future U.S. president Ronald Reagan, hired in 1932 as a sports announcer.

WOC became WOC-TV and began television broadcasts on October 31, 1949. The Palmers owned the WOC broadcasting station for over 70 years.

We have lots of resources produced by WOC, including programing schedules and many articles in The Chiropractor that go into detail about some of the equipment used.

Come visit us to see our resources about WOC Radio.  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:

WOC Radio Libguide

Davenport’s WOC AM-FM-TV

A Visit to WOC

Edward Murphy – a new addition to our team: Welcome!

EWM Family photoMeet Edward (Ed) Murphy – Our New Branch Manager Librarian at the FL campus. He joined the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library April 13, 2015

Ed will oversee the day to day library operations for the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library – Florida campus.  In addition to providing research assistance and library instruction for the students, staff and faculty, the Branch Manager Librarian will serve on numerous steering and environmental committees for the College. 

Ed is very student-centered and is always looking for ways to improve the student – library experience and is used to being on the other side of the computer, both as a student and as a researcher.

Ed received his BA in Literature (1996), and his Masters of Library and Information Science (1999) from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.  He has over 15 years of academic library experience and has worked at the University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, and most recently, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University libraries.

His publication credits and research interests are in the areas of new and emerging library technologies and with virtual/extension services for libraries.

In his spare time Ed likes to travel with his wife and their two huge hound dogs, he likes to fish, camp, go 4-wheeling in his jeep, or generally to just be outdoors, and to take photographs of everything so everyone can share in the fun!

We look forward to working with Ed as we advance our Library and College towards reaching institutional goals.


Newly Acquired: Diplomas and Class Composites

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We recently acquired the Palmer School of Chiropractic diplomas and class composites belonging to Dr. Harrison B. Zook, who graduated from Palmer on March, 1920 with his Doctor of Chiropractic.

We have a nice six item set which documents his time as a student at Palmer.  These items come in their original frames and include his graduation diploma, his class composite, his post graduate diploma, his initiation certificate of the Delta Sigma Chi Fraternity and a composite of his fellow members.  The latter is a great addition to the archives. We have other Delta Sigma Chi composites but they are mainly from the 1920s.  Dr. Zook’s composite comes from the 1917-1918 school year so this donation fills in a gap in our collections. We rely on these early class and fraternity composite donations to document the students who attended early on in the school’s history as the Palmer yearbooks did not start until 1921. Also included in the donation is a certificate from the Iowa State Board of Chiropractic Examiners that awards him registered chiropractor status.

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:

Palmer Archives Donation Guide

Resource of the Month: National Library Week Display

NLW display--IMG_8698This week we are celebrating National Library Week at the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library. This is a time for taking advantage of your library’s resources!

In Special Collections, we have a small display on B.J. Palmer which contains some fun facts and photographs spanning his life. Some of the images you are already familiar with, others might be new and worth looking to learn more about B.J.

Here are some fun facts, which are illustrated in the display:

Did you know?

Fun Fact—Dressed to Impress: B.J. Palmer wore suits made of only one kind of suiting—homespun material made at Ashville, North Carolina. He also loved to dress up in costumes for special occasions.

Fun Fact– Prolific Writer: All of B.J’s books were written on a special electric typewriter designed with an extra-long carriage. Often David D. Palmer would wake at daybreak to hear the “Clickety clack” of his father hard at work.

Fun Fact– The Circus: B.J. Palmer was a huge circus fan. He owned the Twin Hemisphere Band Wagon, the largest in the world. He even rode an elephant on Brady St.

Fun Fact– Palmer Chiropractic School and Cure: In 1902, B.J. Palmer graduated from Palmer Chiropractic School and Cure. He was secretary of the school and even signed his own diploma! He took over as president in 1906.

Come visit us and check out the display or to learn more about our resources. 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 Palmers : A Pictorial Life Story : Memoirs of David D. Palmer

  1. J. of Davenport : The Early Years of Chiropractic

Barnum and Bailey Two Hemispheres Band Wagon : The Greatest Show Wagon On Earth

NEW DynaMed™ Mobile App!

Dynamed Moblie App Pict

Are you interested in getting the latest updates in patient care on your phone?  Dynamed has released a new mobile application that is easy to download and use. This application is a great feature for clinicians and students to supplement knowledge in patient care.  Some of the features that might be of interest to users are:

  • Ability to access content offline
  • Bookmark Favorites
  • Email topics
  • Ability to write and save notes about particular topics

Checkout our tutorial which gives you the information on how to download the application to your phone at:


Student Finds: The Giant Book of Wickedly Creepy Anatomy

GiantAnatomyBookPageAs I was strolling through our special collection, I stumbled upon this giant book. My first thought was “Woah! This thing is huge!” This was closely followed by “The Fabric of the human Body…that’s pretty creepy.” I set the book down and opened it to a random page only to find a ridiculously obscure and horrific picture of a contorted, seemingly alien body. As it turns out, this book is a translated version of a 1543 anatomy book!

The pictures and verbiage is, to say the least, peculiar and fascinating. The detail and accuracy of what is shown shocked me. Our medical predecessors were far more advanced than I ever gave them credit; I highly recommend that everyone takes a look at this book. Whether you like history or anatomy, or merely are curious about medieval medicine, come to the archives (L103) and look at this masterpiece of human ingenuity.


Related Materials:

The Fabric of the Human Body