Clear View Sanitarium

When Clear View Sanitarium was built in 1926 it didn’t have any relationship with Palmer School of Chiropractic. A few years passed, and Palmer staff member, A.B. Hender, ended up working there also, and his son, Herbert Hender, was eventually a consultant for the sanitarium. Herbert Hender had an interest in psychopathology and was a popular lecturer on the subject.…

National Scrapbook Day – May 6th

In honor of National Scrapbook Day coming up, we’re highlighting one of the most wonderful donations we’ve ever received! This is the scrapbook of student, E. Faye Cogswell, who attended the Universal Chiropractic College that was formed in 1910 by Dr. Joy M. Loban. Loban had been a part of the Philosophy Department at Palmer before starting the U.C.C. because…

Preservation Week – The Importance of Preservation Awareness

Over 630 million items in libraries, museums, etc. require immediate attention. These places are often understaffed, and have no one specifically assigned to the care of the collection. These resources are in jeopardy if something should happen, for example natural disasters, and this doesn’t just include archives and museums. Personal collections of books, photos, or data are are risk as well. ALA…

The Jail Issue

“After I went to jail, several parties phoned to my home and others called, offering to lend me money with which to pay my fine, thinking that I did not have it. I am not in this cell for lack of principal but for an abundance of principle.” Tomorrow marks the anniversary of D.D. Palmer being released from prison in…

National Library Week – Palmer Library History

The library has been part of Palmer since at least 1904, originally located at 828 Brady Street. The library had 897 volumes at this point, enclosed in “Globe-Wernecke Book Case Units” and by 1911 the library’s collection had grown to several thousand volumes.  The Library was located in the B.J. Palmer classroom building during the 1920s and 1930s, and later…

National Poetry Month!

April is NATIONAL POETRY MONTH, and in honor of that, the Special Collections & Archives department is highlighting some of the amazing poetry we have in our collection that is either written by D.C.’s, written about chiropractic, or inspired by Palmer in one way or another. In the 1920’s a proud Palmer graduate, William H. Rauchfuss, wrote a whopping 75…

NEW Database! Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy

We’ve added Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy, an incredible new resource to our databases! “Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy is an innovative learning aid that allows students to examine virtual 3D dissections and immerse themselves in interactive research. These powerful tools can be used for in-classroom demonstrations and help with homework or research assignments. You can click through learning sessions, view relevant…

‘Twildo: The Abode for Natural Furniture and Natural People

Have you ever heard of a place called ‘Twildo? It is described in an early 1920’s P.S.C. Annual Announcement publication as, “a rustic court at the vast institution which has made Davenport the “Chiropractic City”.”  It was located between the Administration building and the Classroom building where Friendship court is now. It was essentially a student hangout and was considered a…

National Puppy Day!

In celebration of National Puppy Day, we wanted to to talk a little bit about St. Benedict, more often referred to as Big Ben, the Palmer’s beloved St. Bernard! David Palmer talks about Big Ben in his book, The Palmers. Apparently, Big Ben had his run of the campus! He would wander in and out of classrooms, and the students loved…

Women’s History Month: Mabel Palmer

In honor of Women’s History Month, this week’s blog post is attributed to Mabel and some of her accomplishments! Mabel Sarah Heath was born June 5, 1881 in Milan, Illinois. She met Dr. B.J. Palmer while she was attending Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and they were married in 1904. She became a doctor of chiropractic one year later…

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