The records of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners document California's efforts to establish professional standards to regulate
the chiropractic profession in California. This record group contains 9 cubic feet of textual records from 1911 to 2000 and
are organized into the following series: meeting minutes, meeting files, license files, license indexes, school accreditation
files, administrative files, examinations, applications, correspondence, and investigative reports.
The State Board of Chiropractic Examiners was established in 1922. Prior to the creation of the Board of Chiropractic Examiners,
the Board of Medical Examiners regulated chiropractors in California. The eight hundred or so practicing chiropractors in
California at the time felt that the Board of Medical Examiners did not accept their alternative philosophy and methods. As
a result, many chiropractors were not granted medical licenses to practice because they did not possess the required medical
education or were not able to pass the medical examination. In the November 7, 1922 General Election, fifty-nine percent
of California voters passed ballot measure sixteen, the Chiropractic Initiative Act of California. The Board of Chiropractic
Examiners became effective on December 21, 1922. In addition to establishing the Board of Chiropractic Examiners and declaring
its powers and duties, the Chiropractic Initiative Act prescribed the terms upon which licenses may be issued to chiropractic
practitioners, set penalties for license violations, and repealed all acts and parts of acts inconsistent with the new measure.
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is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility
for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.