Tag Archives: Special Collections

30 Years of Myths and Mysteries, Hysterical Histories, Tree-Kickin’ Genealogy…and Much More!

Each department at the Davenport Public Library is valued, and the month of October affords an opportunity to celebrate the 30th birthday of one gem in particular – the hidden pearl in the Main Street Library – the Richardson-Sloane Special … Continue reading

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Archives, the historical record and freedom

If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you’ve read lots of brief histories of people, events and places in Davenport and Scott County.  Have you ever thought “that doesn’t sound accurate to me”  or wondered “just how do they know that?”  … Continue reading

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Voices of City Government Past and Present

Since 2004, libraries across the world have organized events about freedom and issues that matter to their communities during the month of September. This grassroots project favors free over fee, public over private, and voices over silence.   Throughout the week of … Continue reading

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Just Shelved: Family Histories

Because our Center can’t purchase every family history available, and because some family histories are beyond the reach of the usual library selection resources, we rely on donations—and the Scott County Genealogy Society—to keep our collection of nine-twenty-nine-point twos*  thriving. … Continue reading

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Now Available: Two New Online Indexes

We are pround to announce that our searchable Local Index Databases  have increased by two! The anticipated index for the  Civil War Enlistment Papers is now up and running.  As you may recall, these papers are for the men who volunteered for the … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary to Us!

Primary Selections from Special Collections is a year old today! That’s 52 Images o’ the Week prepped and captioned, decades of newspaper microfilm threaded onto machines, many boxes of old records dusted off and brought into the light, plenty of judicious … Continue reading

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