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This guide focuses on the life and work of Dr. Mabel Palmer.
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Mabel Palmer




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Opening Hours

The Special Collections & Archives department is located in the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library on Palmer's Davenport 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.


This Guide

This guide focuses on the life and works of Mabel Palmer. You will find resources which are about Mabel Palmer and works authored by her, whether that be books, journals, pamphlets, manuscript papers or photographs. The guide is divided into the following pages:

  • Overview
  • Resources about Mabel
  • Authored by Mabel
  • Manuscript Papers
  • Photographs




Mabel Heath Palmer, D.C., Ph.C., an anatomist and foremost woman chiropractor is much heralded in the chiropractic field. She was a leader and inspiration to female chiropractors, successfully combining her role as wife and mother with teaching at Palmer for over four decades. Mabel founded the oldest chiropractic organization in the world, the Sigma Phi Chi Sorority, and authored the first chiropractic anatomy textbook, Anatomy (1918). She passed away in 1949.

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Rosemary Riess, Head Librarian of Special Collections and Archives, Davenport Campus

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