The Searby Family

We recently had a request concerning the Searby family legend. In the 1922, Australians Mack and Dorothy Searby travelled across the United States, from Seattle to Davenport, Iowa, to visit B.J. Palmer at the Palmer School of Chiropractic with a two wheel cart carrying their children and belongings. They sold postcards and poems to newspapers and local people to fund…

Digitize This! – Palmer Yearbooks, 1946, 1949, and 1953

We now have the following yearbooks available to view and keyword search online as a Flipbook format: Palmer Yearbook, 1946 Palmer Yearbook, February 1949 Palmer Yearbook, 1953 Here are some fun highlights from each newly available yearbook:   1946 Snapshots, the Art Club of the P.S.C., and a poem by Grant Thompson called “The Halls of P.S.C.”      …

National Corn On The Cob Day

Today, June 11th is National Corn On The Cob Day and as such our focus is on all things corn!   Corny yearbook Our October 1923 yearbook is very corny indeed. Every page has a highly decorative yellow corn border:     WOC/WHO Tall Corn Competition     Did you know that both radio stations in Des Moines (WHO) and…

Happy Birthday, Mabel Palmer!

Today is Mabel Palmer’s Birthday! She was born on June 5th in Milan, Illinois. She was known as both the “First Lady of Chiropractic”, and the “Sweetheart of the Profession”. We wanted to highlight some of her life accomplishments: She received special training in Chicago for anatomy and dissection in 1906 and returned to Davenport to obtain her Doctor of…

D.D. Palmer at the World’s Fair

The World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893 was an historic event in American history and was attended by over 2 million people, including famous inventors, politicians, celebrities, and D.D. Palmer. In 1893 D.D. Palmer was practicing magnetic healing and selling goldfish out of his office in Davenport, Iowa. It was two years before the discovery of chiropractic, but he was…

1907: Palmer School and Infirmary is Chartered

The Palmer School and Infirmary of Chiropractic was chartered in Davenport, Iowa in May 1907. This important document was filed to legally document the creation of a corporation as a separate business entity. The articles become a public record and provide important information such as its name, street address, and information about its shares of stock.   Article I: “The…

Digitize This! –The Chiropractor and Clinical Journal, 1928-1931

We now have selected issues of The Chiropractor and Clinical Journal from the following years available to view and keyword search online: Volume 24—1928 Volume 25—1929 Volume 26—1930 Volume 27—1931 The December 1930 issue features a color cover, of green, and red—being very festive of course. All of 1931 have beautiful color illustrations, the majority of which are National Parks…

Chiropractic Illustrations, Ads, and Sayings

The Palmer Archives is currently digitizing The Chiropractor Journal and making new issues available monthly as part of our digital collections. Our wonderful student workers, Brenna Gray, Jonathan Finney, Sierra Caldwell, Curtis Geise, and Lauren Lebzelter have been instrumental in us getting this content available to everyone. During the scanning process, they have discovered some fun illustrations, ads, and sayings…

Quick Preservation Tips!

These great tips come from the American Library Association with pictures taken from Palmer’s Chiropractic Archives. Learn more at http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek Take the First Step The most important part of a preservation effort is taking the first step. Don’t let the pursuit of perfection be an obstacle to getting started. A simple first step like moving photos out of the attic…

Happy Anniversary, B.J. and Mabel Palmer!

Join us in wishing B.J. and Mabel Palmer a Happy Wedding Anniversary! B.J. and Mabel were married April 30, 1904 at Mabel’s parents’ home (Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Heath) which was then at Brady and Fourteenth streets. Rev. Rutter (Spencer Memorial M.E. Church, Rock Island) officiated. Wednesday, April 30th, 1924 was the twentieth wedding anniversary of B.J. and Mabel. They…

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