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.
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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: Iowa
On July 7, 1946 the radio waves of the Quad Cities changed forever when KSTT went on the air for the first time with a one hour introductory program. No one knew this dawn to dusk operation would soon become … Continue reading
In our Special Collections Center, we have hanging on our wall an enormous double photograph showing the southern view from the corner of Third Street and Brady in 1938 and in 1952. The two photographs, separated by only 14 years, … Continue reading
The beginning of June this year brings two things to my mind: high school graduations and the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Thinking of those, I began to peruse our year book collection in Special Collections. The 1942, 1943, and 1944 … Continue reading
The city of Davenport was named after Colonel George Davenport. This is fairly well known—at least to most residents of the Quad-Cities—although every once in a while, we still receive a question concerning the invention and manufacturing of long, squared-off … Continue reading
New to the Special Collections Center’s Iowa vital records microfilm cabinet is Lee County. Thirty-five rolls of births, delayed births, deaths, marriages and even a few naturalizations are ready for use the next time you come in. Lee County is … Continue reading
On this day in 1836, the City of Davenport was platted and named. In order to understand the weight of history behind that simple sentence, one would have to look back at least to the treaty, signed on September 21, 1832, … Continue reading
We felt like bragging this week, so we’ve brought out a brief list of some of the statewide or national things that happened first in Davenport. In rough chronological order: The first locomotive in Iowa was delivered in Davenport on … Continue reading
A recent addition to our Archive & Manuscript collection has brought to the forefront visions of Davenport drama and theater clubs. Davenport’s Friendly House was an early supporter of this creative outlet, first providing the venue for the “Friendly House … Continue reading
In 1899, Davenport was a growing city. This concerned those responsible for public safety, not only because the city was growing out, but because it was growing up. From a fire department’s point of view, higher buildings mean higher fires—and in … Continue reading