The Main Street Library will be closed
December 8 - 23, 2014
During this time, our
Special Collections Center
will be accepting research requests
via phone, e-mail,
and our eRequest form.
Information about our research fees
can be found here.
Please note that it may take longer to respond to your research requests during this time.
The Davenport Public Library will be closed
December 24 - 25, 2014
December 31, 2014 - January 1, 2015
for the holidays.
RSSC’s Featured Image
DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?
The man pictured above is wanted by the Davenport Public Library for appearing in our collections without a name!
If you can identify this 1884 Davenport Police Officer, please call or e-mail us so we can
bring him to justiceadd his name to our files!
For your convenience, please explore our page of upcoming genealogical and local history events in the Quad-City area.
Be sure to mark these dates down in your own calendar!
Tag Archives: Davenport
The Burtis House was built in 1857 on east 5th Street in downtown Davenport. Billed as the biggest hotel in Iowa, the Burtis was perfectly positioned to take advantage of the passenger trains coming over the first railroad bridge across … Continue reading
Anyone living in the Quad City region is probably happy that the week of January 11 – 17, 2009 is now over.With temperatures in the minus 20’s (Fahrenheit) at night (and during the morning commute) and the highs barely breaking … Continue reading
Children arising early with noisy glee. Presents opened to joyful laughter. Special breakfasts, brunches, and of course the traditional dinner. Christmas 1920. Along with all the happiness of the day was the excitement of the thought of going … Continue reading
We are about half way through the season of Holiday Feasting, where Thanksgiving dinners (and the leftovers) have mercifully worn off and many of us begin to look forward to the next traditional fancy dinner with joy or with dread—depending, … Continue reading
If you’ve got an ancestor who served in an Iowa Regiment during the Civil War we’ve just acquired a great resource to assist you in your research. Thanks to some generous folks like the Tawani Foundation in Chicago who provided … Continue reading
A noon day parade. Flowers sent from the garden of movie star Ginger Rogers. Big executives in town. Search lights across the sky . An American Legion band furnishing a musical background. What was happening?? Why, everyone was getting ready … Continue reading
Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Turkey Note time! What on earth, you may ask, are Turkey Notes? Turkey Notes are a Davenport Thanksgiving tradition full of mystery and glamour and fairly bad poetry. They are said to have been around for … Continue reading
Approximately 76,237 Iowa men fought in the Union Army during the Civil War. Of these men, 13,589 did not survive the war, and many others were in no condition to support their families. Annie Wittenmyer, Iowa’s first female Sanitation Agent, … Continue reading
Late October. The air turning brisk, leaves falling to the ground, candy corn, and costumes. Maybe also a ghost tale or two as you sit around a fire in the gathering dusk. Davenport has a few ghost stories that … Continue reading