Category Archives: Library

The Life of a Librarian…Imagine the Possibilities!

In honor of National Library Week, we searched the archives of the Davenport Public Library to find this image of the library booth at Davenport High School’s Career Day on May 6, 1949. Librarian Myrtle Dunlap discusses career opportunities at public, school, and special libraries … Continue reading

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Remembering Lorraine Duncan

Special Collections would like to recognize the passing of Vada “Lorraine” Duncan who has been a loyal and generous supporter of the local genealogy community. She passed away in January, just a bit shy of her 95th birthday. Lorraine was … Continue reading

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Our “Special” Visitors in 2015

In 2015, genealogists and researchers from all over the country came to use the wonderful resources here at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. We also had email and phone requests from all over the world! To fill in the branches of their … Continue reading

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Closed for the Holidays

The Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center and the Davenport Public Library will be closed Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th in honor of the Christmas holidays. We will be re-open on Saturday December 26th from 9am – 5:30pm. We would … Continue reading

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A Veteran and a Friend

In honor of Veterans Day we would like to share a portion of an Oral History interview conducted on June 4, 2001. Interviewer: Susan Carlson, WWII/Korean War Oral History Project Veteran: Army PFC Kenneth Roy Plumb Enlisted June 1954. 82nd … Continue reading

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TRACES “Bus-eum”: At Home in the Heartland

On Thursday, October 22 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. the Eastern Avenue branch of the Davenport Public Library will be hosting the TRACES “Bus-eum”. This mobile museum is crossing Iowa sharing the history of the state in a retrofitted … Continue reading

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Beginning Genealogy Class and Genealogy Night!

In honor of National Family History Month, we’re offering a FREE Beginning Genealogy Class this Saturday October 10th from 9:30-10:30am at the Main Street Library. Learn how to get started researching your family history using the materials (and staff!) at the library. … Continue reading

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The Big Read: The Great Gatsby comes to Davenport Public Library!

Were the roaring twenties really the berries or just all wet (in 1920’s slang)? Maybe it depended on who you were or the people you associated with that would answer that question. Many authors of the time debated the idea … Continue reading

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Volunteer Round-Up

Love genealogy and local history? Ever wonder what we do in Special Collections? Have some spare time? Come on down for our special interest meeting on Monday, September 21 at 11:00am. You’ll get a “behind-the-scenes” tour and learn how you may … Continue reading

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