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Donations Welcome

  • Donations on Palmer College of Chiropractic, the chiropractic profession and the Palmer family are welcome.

  • Special Collections gratefully accepts monetary donations and gifts: books, documents, papers, correspondences, etc.

  • Donations are given professional care and secure storage.

  • Gifts are made available for scholarly and historical research, unless otherwise indicated by the donor.

David Palmer putting archival materials together

David Palmer putting archival materials together for a time capsule. Follow in his footsteps and help us preserve Palmer and chiropractic history for future generations!


What to donate
journal selection

A selection of donated material that we will access and add to our collection.

What we accept

Listed below are examples of the types of materials that are often valuable to the researcher:

  • Correspondence
  • Early books/journals
  • Memoirs/diaries
  • Scrapbooks/photo albums
  • Professional papers
  • Speeches/lectures
  • Articles/essays
  • Legal documents
  • Meeting minutes/reports
  • Brochures and fliers
  • Awards/certificates
  • Photographs
  • Audiovisual materials
  • Pins/buttons

Gaps in our Collection

We have a few gaps in our collection, and we are actively seeking out particular materials:

  • Yearbooks from 1930s and 1960s
  • Homecoming/Lyceum materials from 1950s

What we do not accept

  • Books with heavy mold or mildew
  • Books that are physically dirty
  • Books previously owned by us, but discarded

How to donate

Information we need

We rarely accept gifts without documentation. Please provide us with the following information:

  • Your name and address
  • Description of the materials donated
  • Anything you can tell us about how you acquired these materials
  • If you have photographs, please identify them with pencil or an archival pen, or provide us with that information so we can include it with the collection.

How to make a donation

Please contact Special Collections Head Librarian, Rosemary Riess, to donate materials to the Special Collections and Archives:

Special Collections and Archives
David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library
Palmer College of Chiropractic
1000 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803

Or directly:


Drop Off Donation Form

Drop Off Donation Form

The Drop Off Donation form provides the library with important information needed to process your donation.

Please fill out our Drop Off Donation form if you are planning on donating to the library.

What do we do with your donation?

Assessment of materials

Acceptance of gifts will be determined by the following criteria:

  • Do the materials fit within the scope of Special Collections and Archives mission?
  • Are they chiropractic, or part of a related health care field?
  • Do they fill in a gap in our collection?
  • Are these materials beneficial to researchers?
  • Do we already have these materials?

Removal of materials

The library has the right to discard any gifts in poor physical condition. Donated items that will not be incorporated will be discarded, sold or given to another library.

Acceptance of materials

  • Donated materials that fit within our scope will be added to the collection.
  • We will send a letter of acknowledgement for your donation and deed of gift.
  • Acknowledgment of donations via bookplates can be done upon request.
  • The materials will be arranged, cataloged and preserved.
  • Items will be made accessible to researchers at Palmer, the Chiropractic community and the general public (unless otherwise stipulated in the deed of gift).

Monetary Appraisals and Tax Deductions

  • We are unable to provide receipts for tax purposes.
  • The library does not appraise donations or attest in any way to the value of the materials for legal reasons.
  • If donors want an appraisal, they need to make their own arrangements before delivering the materials to Special Collections and Archives.

What is a Deed of Gift?

The deed of gift is a form you will be required to sign once you make a donation.

The components that make up a deed of gift:

  • Name and address of the donor
  • Title and description of the materials donated
  • Transfer of ownership

The deed of gift is a formal and legal agreement between the donor and Special Collections and Archives that transfers ownership of and legal rights to the donated materials.

Access and Copyright

Our goal is to make our collections open and available for research use. However, sometimes it is necessary for a donor or Special Collections and Archives to restrict access to all or a portion of the materials for a limited and clearly stated period.


  • Generally, copyright belongs to the creator of the writings and other original materials (i.e. photos) but can be legally transferred to others.
  • Ownership of copyright is separate from ownership of the physical item (the letter or photo).
  • We ask you to not only donate the physical items but any copyright that the donor might own.
  • Item copyright donation enables researchers to use the donated materials in their work.
Monetary Donations

Preparing materials for use by researchers is the most time consuming and expensive process in Special Collections and Archives.

Donors can assist us, by providing funds towards the arrangement, cataloging and conservation of their personal/family records.

We are also undergoing various conservation and preservation projects which you can help us with. Currently, we are digitizing materials such as photographs, yearbooks and Green Books. Contact us if you would like to contribute. uses cookies for advertising. You may disable them in your browser settings. Privacy Statement
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