Genealogy Resources at Davenport Public Library

The Davenport Public Library is located in Davenport, Iowa. Their downtown location hosts the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center which focuses on local history and genealogy. Patrons can access the Davenport Public Library catalog, and website (including numerous database resource) remotely 24-hours a day.

Collections include:

Archive and Manuscript Collections:
Some major collections include the Davenport Women’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary – Davenport Unit No. 26, and the Ladies Industrial Relief Society.

Approximately 22,000 volumes of local history and genealogy books
A complete set of Davenport City directories from 1856 to the present
Some Rock Island/Moline City directories
A nearly complete set of publications from the Iowa Genealogical Society
At least one county history for each of Iowa’s 99 counties
The 1,700+ title collection of the Scout County Iowa Genealogical Society

Davenport City Archives:
Parks Department Records
City Council minutes and proceedings
Davenport Bridge Commission records and minutes
Davenport Levee Commission records
Davenport Building permits dating from about 1923 to about 1970 (on microfilm)

Approximately 60,000 images of Davenport, Scott County and Quad-City area people and places
Large collection of portraits from the Hostetler Studio and Free Studio in Davenport

At least one newspaper title for Davenport from 1841 to the present
Online databases for obituaries, marriage announcements, or the Gazette

Oral History Collections:
Special Collections Staff interviews of local authors, former residents, and the staff of the Annie Whittenmyer Home (also known as the Iowa Soldier’s Orphan’s Home), and Marycrest University faculty, staff, and students

Scott County Records:
Including Probate records, County Board Minutes, Land Records, Birth Records, Marriage Records, Death Records, Divorce Records, Naturalization Records, and Miscellaneous Records

Most Frequently used materials include:
* The Early churches of rural Scott County prior to 1900 (SC 280.09 Ear)
* Early church records in the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society Library (SC 977.769 Sco v.1)
* Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa 1870-1887 (SC 284.1 Tri)
* Membership record book for Zion Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa (SC MICROFILM 284.1 Zio)
* St. Margaret Church, Davenport, Iowa: transcript of baptism and death registers, 1856-1879 (SC 282.77769 St)
* St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Davenport, Iowa, transcript of baptisms and deaths, 1875-1882 (SC 282.77769 St)
* St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Davenport, Iowa: deaths, 1839-1866 and baptisms, 1839-1862 (SC 282.77769 St)
* Early records of First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, Iowa (SC 285 Fir)
* Saint Katharine’s Hall: a church boarding and day school for girls, Davenport, Iowa: register for the fifteenth year, 1898-1899 (SC 371.02 Sai)
* Marriage register, church of St. Anthony, Davenport, Iowa from 21 November 1839 to 9 January 1882 (SC 282.77769 Mar)

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