Digitization Update

We’ve got a few new things that have been added to our Digital Collection that we’re excited to tell you about!     Most notably we’ve added our very own Mabel Palmer’s Stepping Stones. Stepping Stones is a very readable and personable collection of stories about her family’s travels around the world. It is to Mable Palmer as ‘Round the…

B.J. & Mabel: A Love Story

B.J. and Mabel met in 1903 at Augustana College where Mabel was a student. She sang in the choir, and B.J. was an apprentice organist. They had a year-long courtship and were married April 30, 1904 at Mabel’s parents home. They spent their honeymoon traveling as they both loved to do, and explored what is now Mammoth Cave National Park in…

The Electroencephaloneuromentimpograph

The electroencephaloneuromentimpograph was a machine that was used in the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic around the 1940’s. It was used before and after an adjustment to prove correct spinal analysis and its correction. The instrument measured, evaluated, and calibrated “the quantity flow of mental impulse from brain to body, both before and after adjustment, thus proving correct place, correct time, correct manner.”…

Dr. Nephi Cottam and the History of Craniopathy

Dr. Nephi Cottam, D.C. was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and was raised with the knowledge of his Swedish naturalist mother, and he credits this for going into a healing field of study. His first interaction with Chiropractic began when he attended the trial of a chiropractor in the District Court in Ogden, Utah. He hadn’t heard of Chiropractic until…

Up-E-Nuf

  Did you know Palmer used to have an auditorium/rooftop garden? It was called Up-E-Nuf and it was located on top of the Administration building and was put in place sometime around the 1920’s. It was home to the WOC radio station and the antenna system which was at one point, the highest point in the “Tri-Cities” as it used to…

Happy Birthday, Dr. Dave!

Come check out our vertical display case on the 3rd floor and see some personal documents and objects that belonged to Dr. Dave and find out something new! Did you know? He was instrumental in the organization of the first Palmer rugby team in 1960. Palmer dominated collegiate rugby in the 1970s, winning national titles in 1972, 1973, 1978 and…

Goals for the Archives in 2017!

Happy New Year! This time of year it’s really common to reflect on the previous year and celebrate the goals you’ve achieved, but it’s even more exciting to make new goals! Here are some of the goals the archives are going to be working on, so stay tuned! We’re definitely still going to put a lot of emphasis on our Digital…

Genealogy in the Archives

    A lot of the research requests that come in are genealogy related. Patrons call or email us looking for their grandfathers, grandmothers, and sometimes even their great-grandparents. The resources we have available to us for these sorts of requests are class composites starting from the early 1900’s to the most recent graduated class. We use these most often…

Digitization Update: Big News!

We are so happy to announce that after hours and hours of scanning and digitizing, the archives has D.D. Palmer’s book, The Chiropractor’s Adjuster, uploaded as a searchable flipbook in our Digital Collection! Just in time for the winter break!! Hopefully a lot of you are familiar with this particular book. It’s a 1000+ pages collection of D.D.’s writings on…

D.D. Palmer and Magnetic Healing

D.D. Palmer started practicing magnetic healing in 1885 in Burlington, Iowa after he studied under Paul Caster, a highly successful magnetic healer who practiced in Ottumwa, Iowa. That same year D.D. moved to Davenport, Iowa and opened his practice in the Ryan building, where the first adjustment on Harvey Lillard would happen ten years later.   He started small with…

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