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About Archives


Special Collections are any types of material related to the Palmer Family and the Chiropractic Profession. Special Collections preserves and makes accessible its books, pamphlets, journals, and manuscript collections for scholarly and historical research.

The Palmer College Archives is an official depository of the Palmer's inactive academic and business records. These materials document the growth and development of Palmer College. These materials are only accessible to the originating office and are not available to the general public.

The Digital Collection is a repository for online historical content that is available for patrons to access. We have been digitizing the yearbooks, important Palmer publications, photographs, and there is much more to come! You can view what is already available online by clicking Digital Collections below.

Learn all about Special Collections and Archives. The page is divided into the following sections:


The Special Collections & Archives department is located within the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library on Palmer's Main Campus.

Access to materials and reference assistance is provided in the Reading Room on the first floor of the Library (L103).

Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours during term breaks are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please call 563- 884-5893 or email for assistance.


Our mission is to 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.

B.J. Palmer contemplating the future of Chiropractic.

B.J. Palmer contemplating the future of Chiropractic.

Photographs are copyrighted by Palmer College of Chiropractic. For permission to use, contact us.


B.J. says to stop

B.J. says to stop and follow the rules when handling the materials.

This page focuses on our policies.

Our policies include acquisitions and our collecting policies and rules governing the use of special collections and the reading room rules.

Contact us with any additional questions or to plan your visit to our reading room, located on the first floor of the Library.

Special Collection Policies

Acquisitions for Special Collections

A complete list of library policies.

There are several policies concerning Special Collections, including:

Reading Room Rules

  • All belongings, including backpacks, are to be left in designated area
  • Sign in and out of visitor logbook
  • No food or drink
  • Use pencil, not pen, when taking notes
  • Keep all materials in original order
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