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…

Library Week 2020

Happy Library Week 2020! In honor of the 125th anniversary of chiropractic this year we’re sharing photos of the Palmer College library over the years.   By 1905 the Palmer library already consisted of over 2,000 volumes available for students to use to assist with their studies. It was described as “one of the essentials upon which this school has…

Digitization Update – The Chiropractor

Our students have been hard at work scanning issues of The Chiropractor and Clinical Journal! The Chiropractor was a monthly periodical produced by Palmer School of Chiropractic from 1904 to 1961. It featured chiropractic articles from many prominent chiropractors from the field and students and faculty of the Palmer School. We have just uploaded two full volumes to our digital…

National Poetry Month

Happy National Poetry Month! Poetry has a special place in chiropractic history and The Chiropractor and Clinical Journal used to feature at least one poem each month, often written by a student or Palmer alumnus. In honor of Poetry month here are some of those poems!                            …

Recently Researched: 1930s Palmer Graduate Brothers

Recently we were asked for any information on two Palmer graduates, Dr. G. Bertram and Dr. Howard Harper. They were two brothers who practiced chiropractic in Massachusetts! We found the following: They both graduated from the Palmer School of Chiropractic together in June 1930. Their class was called “The Palmeronians” They were known as “Bert” and “Harp” Bert was the…

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