Special Collections and Archives

We preserve and make accessible materials detailing the history of the Palmer College of Chiropractic, the wider chiropractic profession and related health-care fields for today and future generations.

Main Campus, first floor of the Administration Building, room A105
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
By appointment


We have over 12,500 volumes of printed matter and 5,000 linear feet of archival records:

    • Chiropractic and related health care books and journals       
    • Palmer publications: Green Books, The Fountain-Head News, The Chiropractor, Yearbooks and The Beacon.
    • Manuscript papers of Palmer Family and other key chiropractors including oral histories
    • Departmental records/correspondence from Palmer College offices
    • Textbooks and teaching materials
  • Photographs
  • Memorabilia and ephemera
  • Audiovisual material such as reel-to-reel, cassette tapes, VHS and DVDs

How to find resources:

Library Catalog: Search for books, journals, oral histories and some audiovisual materials.

Chiroindex: Index to Chiropractic Literature is a citation database of peer-reviewed journal articles produced by chiropractic publishers.

Historical Guides: Browse resources, organized by historical subject.

Digital Collections: Digital repository created by the Palmer Archives containing key Palmer publications such as Green Books, Yearbooks and Journals in a searchable flipbook format.

The Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive: Online visual collection of historical images from local intuitions. Includes approximately 200 Palmer images.