DPL Special Collections

The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at the Davenport Public Library: Home of Myths and Mysteries, Hysterical Histories, and Tree-Kickin' Genealogy
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Take a virtual tour of our National Handwriting Day Pop-Up Exhibit, then stop by the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at the Davenport Public Library today to see it in person!
Happy #colorourcollections week! Stop by one of the Davenport Public Libraries and pick up a coloring book and share your masterpieces with us on social media!
This is the guest book for the 50th anniversary party of the Hickey Brothers, Inc., one of the world’s largest cigar and tobacco retail chains of its time, held on 13 April 1951 at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport.

Book Arts & Preservation

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It's time to take a look at how folks were doing their spring cleaning 100 years ago.
#onthisday in 1919 the U.S. Congress passed the Volstead Act enforcing the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
#onthisday in 1942 the bill creating the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAACs) became law. #specialcollections #davenportlibrary


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In January of 1970 this building housed Allen's Diamond-Watches Antiques, Gus Witt, The Party Shop and the Hearing Aid Center. Does anyone remember these?
Circa 1977, this was where some of Davenport's ambulances spent there time.
The original Davenport High School was a 3-story structure with a belfry tower built in 1875.


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Davenport and Quad City native JoAnna Lund wrote over 40 books and hosted 2 national PBS tv shows featuring recipes that cut down the amount of fat in her family favorites and making substitutions when she needed.
On May 6, 1858 Joe R. Lane was born in Davenport, IA to James T. & Annie J. Lane. He was elected to the US Congress in 1898 as the representative of the 2nd IA District. Portrait by J.B. Hostetler and cartoon by Irving C. Norwood from 1912.
Though he was from Massachusetts originally, Fran Riley spent 41 years broadcasting in the Quad Cities.

Davenporters of Note

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There are many resources to research your family history including historical newspapers, land ownership maps, and tips and guides when using genealogy collections.
The IAAM Center for Family History will feature a different FamilySearch collection that is especially helpful for tracing African American roots.
You can read all of the Davenport newspapers going back to 1838 on microfilm in our Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at The Library | Main

Genealogy Resources

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Is this drawing of Miss Clara Meisner or perhaps it is one of her daughters?
Mr Earl Olson was a WWI mechanic at Fort Sheridan.
Fred and Rhoda Denkman seem to still enjoy being married after 27 years and Rhoda's hat is quite spectacular if I do say so myself.

Vintage Fashions

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Amy Groskopf became Davenport Public Library's 15th director beginning June 1st, 2015.
KennethWayne Thompson was Davenport Public Library's 14th director, beginning on April 8, 2013.
LaWanda Carpenter Roudebush became Davenport Public Library's 13th director, beginning August 11, 2003.

DPL Archives

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“Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.” 1910-1950. Library of Congress. Map. <https://www.loc.gov/resource/g4154dm.g02624195002>.
“Quad Cities USA: More for you to see and do” [1982]  http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2018/01/12/be-a-tourist-in-your-own-backyard/
The 1910 edition (revised to 1950) of the Insurance Maps of Davenport Iowa was republished by the company in this “fun-size” format in 1956. Sheets were assembled in three “Bar-Loc” brand binders, comprising volumes 1A, 1, and 2.  http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/sc/2018/05/19/fun-size-fire-insurance-maps-of-davenport/

Architecture & Maps

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#Iowa175 Formerly Davenport High School, now known as Davenport Central.
Iowans love antiques! Wouldn't this be a fun chair?? #Iowa175 http://www.umvphotoarchive.org/digital/collection/scdpl/id/908/rec/1
Love Davenport Public Libary at Main Street! www.davenportlibrary.com


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an event poster for rock island anniversary series, with silhouettes of people on black background
Rock Island Arsenal 160th Anniversary Series: The U.S. Army and Fort Armstrong
many people are posing for pictures in front of computers and other things on the table
Today's #Archive30 theme is #ArchivePeople ! We love our volunteers! They work answering questions at the desk, looking up research requests, indexing records, help with programs and outreach, and so much more!
an assortment of sports memorabilia is displayed on a table with the words archivve 30 above it
Today’s #archive30 theme is #sportarchives ! Accession No. 2009-14 consists of 3 photo albums of black & white images of Davenport’s Southeast Little League baseball teams from the mid 1980s, roster & schedules for various leagues from 1974-2006, and a Little League Baseball 50th Anniversary patch from 1989.
the library has several tables with pictures on them and people looking at them in different directions
Today's #Archive30 theme is #archiveoutreach ! We've taken our show on the road to the Scott County Genealogical Conferences, the QC Archives Crawl/Fairs, and the 2021 @stambroseuniversity Art & Museum Career Fair.
the library hours sign is posted on the wall
Today’s #archive30 theme is #archiveobject ! This sign was saved from the @davenportlibrary Carnegie building before it was razed in 1966 due to structural problems.
an old photo with writing on it next to a handwritten letter from abraham lincoln
Today's #Archive30 theme is #whereyoustarted ! On December 12, 1899 Andrew Carnegie replied to his friend Alice French (AKA author Octave Thanet) in a letter:
an old photo with writing on it next to a handwritten letter from abraham lincoln
Today's #Archive30 theme is #whereyoustarted ! On December 12, 1899 Andrew Carnegie replied to his friend Alice French (AKA author Octave Thanet) in a letter:
black and white photos of children playing with soap bubbles in the classroom, while adults watch
Today's #Archive30 theme is #archiveinclusion ! These images are from the Fairmount Preschool for the Multi-Handicapped, organized by the United Cerebral Palsy Society of Scott County, 1954-1976.
an army uniform is on display in a case with the caption'archive 30 '
Today's #Archive30 theme is #ArchiveFashion! We are pleased to show off a recent donation of WWII women's uniform jacket and photos of Mrs. Hetzler's time in service. Additionally, we were very fortunate to have done an oral history with her about this time in her life.
a table with a dust mop sitting on top of it
Today's #Archive30 theme is #ArchiveAdvice! Our advice to archive keepers is to keep their spaces and materials clean by routinely dusting and cleaning their space! We love our microfiber duster and towels as well as our easy to use vacuum. We don't use these tools to clean our collections, but they do the job for other surfaces!
a collage of photos with the library logo and information on it, including bookshelves
Today's #archive30 theme is #ArchiveCelebration ! We had a great time at our #Iowa175 celebration last August, in honor of the 175th anniversary of Iowa statehood. We took over the entire Main Davenport Public Library to showcase highlights from our collection, had a selfie station, crafts, music, food, and more!
an old newspaper article with pictures of farm animals and people in the middle one is about to be butchered
Today's #Archive30 theme is #archivefoodanddrink ! These newspaper and magazine clippings are from the Keppy Family Collection (Accession no. 2021-33). Roy and Myrtle Keppy and their children were fundamental in promoting the pork industry and farming at the local, state and national levels as well as the value of breeding leaner and meatier animals.
there are pictures of computers and other electronic devices on this page, with the caption archiviescopes archives archive 50
Today's #archive30 theme is #archivemisconceptions ! One common misconception when we talk about digitization projects is the idea that the original materials do not need to be kept which is not the case!
an open book with writing on it and pictures in the pages next to each other
Today's #Archive30 theme is #archivemystery ! Fact or Fiction? Are the adventures of Charles D. Randolph (aka 'Buckskin Bill') true recollections? Did he embellish the truth? Our Library Assistant Karen has been investigating and will report on our blog soon!
an advertisement for the solar energy efficient home tour on may 2, 1970 in washington, d c
Today’s #archive30 theme is #archivesustainability ! On May 2, 1982 the Scott County (IA) League of Women Voters sponsored a tour of energy efficient homes and businesses in the county in celebration of “Sun Day” - National Solar Energy Recognition Day.