Dr. George J. Goodheart Jr. collection donated to Palmer College of Chiropractic
The David D. Palmer Health Sciences
Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of the George J.
Goodheart Jr. Library, a collection consisting of over 1,400 books, 200
journals, 150 trays of slides, 100 artifacts and 12 scrapbooks. After
the death of George Goodheart, D.C. (National College of Chiropractic
’39) in 2008, his widow, JoAnn, was advised by the board of the
International College of Applied Kinesiology to donate his extensive
collection to Palmer College. Dr. Goodheart was the founder of the
International College of Applied Kinesiology, and lectured extensively
throughout the world.
board recommended Palmer College because of our reputation for
excellence in archival historical preservation,” said Alana Callender,
Director of History at Palmer College. “The archival materials that were
donated will become part of the Library’s collection, with most being
placed in Palmer Special Collections, as will many of the books
(duplicates will go into circulation). A number of artifacts will become
part of the Museum collection.”
reception was held in the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library during
Homecoming in honor of Mrs. Goodheart’s donation and in honor of Dr.
Goodheart’s accomplishments and of the collection. Mrs. Goodheart, the
Board of Directors of the International College of Applied Kinesiology,
and many Applied Kinesiology practitioners were in attendance.
to the International College of Applied Kinesiology, “In 1964, Dr.
George Goodheart made the first correlation between finding a weak
muscle using manual muscle testing and then employing chiropractic
therapy to make it stronger. … [He] wrote many works on Applied
Kinesiology and lectured on the topic often. Among his many professional
honors, he was the first chiropractor to serve on the U.S. Olympic
Medical Team in 1980.”
pleased with Mrs. Goodheart’s donation of Dr. Goodheart’s papers and
artifacts," said Senior Director for Library Sciences Dennis Peterson.
"His collection enhances our growing Special Collections materials from
prominent chiropractors and chiropractic scholars. The Library’s Special
Services department’s mission is to preserve the profession’s heritage
and to support its historical scholarship. Dr. Glenda Wiese and her
staff’s reputation for securing, preserving and appropriately
accessioning other donated chiropractic special collections played a key
role in Mrs. Goodheart’s decision, and for their dedication we all will