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Special Collections Overview: Overview

Special Collections preserves and provides access to an extensive collection of historical material related to chiropractic and the health sciences.

Come visit us!

B.J. writing in a book

Take a page out of B.J.'s book and stop by Special Collections to read one of our chiropractic classics.

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

Opening Hours

The Special Collections & Archives department is located in 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 specialcollections@palmer.edu for assistance.

 

This Guide

This guide provides a general introduction to Special Collections & Archives. In this guide you will find information what types of collections we have and what types of services we provide, and some of our rules and policies. The guide is divided into the following pages:

  • Overview
  • Services
  • Collections
  • Policies

What is Special Collections and Archives?

Special Collections and Archives is comprised of three units: Special Collections, Palmer College Archives, and the Digital Center.

Our Mission

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.

What we have

The Special Collections & Archives department contains more than 10,000 books and 2,500 journal volumes, and is considered the most comprehensive chiropractic historical resource in the world. Archival material also includes Palmer's College Archives and other materials from the chiropractic profession. Resources in chiropractic, osteopathy, homeopathy, and other non-drug and non-surgical health sciences are collected, and are available for in-house use by researchers.