Davenport Campus

Alumnus, TCA and Library staff develop oral histories

When Arthur G. Lensgraf, D.C. (Davenport ’76), Nashville, Tenn., was serving as chairperson of the planning committee for the Tennessee Chiropractic Association’s (TCA) 75th anniversary in 2010, the committee initiated an oral history project to record audio-visual chiropractic histories of D.C.s and interested others throughout Tennessee.

Once TCA staff members, led by Amy Owsley, had scheduled the 64 interviews and Dr. Lensgraf had conducted all of them (a process that took several years), staff from the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library’s Special Services Division provided transcription and editing assistance. Transcriber/editors included former Special Services Librarian Glenda Wiese, Ph.D. (who retired from Palmer in 2011), Special Services Library Assistant Linda Mixson, and several other library employees and work-study students. The Palmer Library is currently cataloging the interviews, which will be discoverable via WorldCat, an online catalog of libraries worldwide, as well the Palmer Library catalog at www.palmer.edu/library. Users can simply type in the key words “Tennessee Chiropractic Association” to access the bibliographical records.

During the 2012 Davenport Campus Homecoming, Dr. Lensgraf brought bound copies of each transcript to be housed in both Special Collections and the circulating collections of the Library, along with the original cassettes and copies of the CDs and DVDs of the interviews for placement in the Special Collections audio-visual section. Go to www.palmer.edu/specialcollections for more information on the resources housed there, or contact Special Services Librarian Daniel Smith at daniel.smith@ palmer.edu or (563) 884-5894.

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