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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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Architecture & Maps

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#Iowa175 Formerly Davenport High School, now known as Davenport Central.
Love Davenport Public Libary at Main Street! www.davenportlibrary.com


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