Category Archives: Library

The 1940 Census — a two-for-one!

 One of the questions asked on the 1940 Federal Census was the location of the person in April of 1935.    A decade is a long time and people didn’t always stay put—and some moved more than once.  The Census Bureau wanted to … Continue reading

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Two Reasons to Celebrate!

Lorraine Duncan, Library Director Lawanda Roudebush, and Pat Duncan Yesterday was Lorraine Duncan’s ninety-first birthday. Mrs. Duncan is a long-time member of the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society and volunteered in our Special Collections Center for many years.   Her special … Continue reading

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Cool Donations: The Priester Collection

The Priester Construction Company has been a part of Davenport, Iowa since Walter and Oscar Priester, both native Davenporters, founded it in 1919—in fact, the company seems to have helped build most of it, from schools to companies to the … Continue reading

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Our “Special” Visitors for 2011

In 2011, genealogists and history researchers came from all over the country to the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center, to use our wonderful resources. They came from far away to fill in the blank branches of their Family Trees. They found … Continue reading

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Auld Lang Syne . . .

2011 has been a good year around here. We’ve received many new resources from family histories to land records, Shakers to Palatines.  We’ve even added a few new databases to our arsenal. We’ve had great programs, like our Specifically for … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from Special Collections

The staff of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center would like to wish you and yours a joyful and genealogically successful holiday season. Don’t forget to ask your relatives for family information, stories, and copies of photographs! If you’re planning a … Continue reading

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In Their Own Words: Pearl Harbor

In 2001, our Special Collections Center was privileged to conduct oral history interviews with several area World War II veterans and others who were personally connected to the War, both home and abroad. On this 70th anniversary of the attack … Continue reading

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Guess Who’s Coming to Town!

  Santa likes Davenport, Iowa—probably because we’ve thrown him some pretty good parades over the years.   The Jaycee’s Santa was bigger than life in the 1940s . . .  . . .  But decided he’d rather sit down for … Continue reading

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Patience, No — Time, Yes!

The two things a genealogist can’t do without are patience and research time.  True patience comes from within, but we can offer you some extra time! Starting next Sunday, October 2nd,  the Main Street location of the Davenport Public Library … Continue reading

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Davenport Inventors: Patently the Best

Davenport has had its share of inventors over the years, including Alexander F. Victor, who held almost eighty patents for his film projecting equipment; William Voss, whose washing machines brought laundry to a whole new level, and Otto F. Rohwedder;* … Continue reading

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