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Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center

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Guide to Searching the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center’s Collections

To begin a search, start with a basic keyword search below, or use the drop-down menus to create a more advanced search by limiting to collection descriptions, specific names or titles, or a certain range of dates.

The search results that appear are known as archival collection guides. An archival collection guide, sometimes called a finding aid, is a guide to a group or collection of archival records, personal papers, or manuscripts. A guide may take the form of a brief summary or a detailed description and inventory. How the materials were created and in what context, the dates and topics they cover, the amount and the way they are organized are all included in a collection guide.

Please consult the Special Collections Center with questions about using the materials.

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About the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center:

The Special Collections Department of the Davenport Public Library was established in 1982. In November of 1999, the newly renovated department opened to better serve its community and was renamed the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. The Center acquires, arranges, describes, preserves, and makes available local history and genealogical materials concentrating on those pertaining to Davenport, Scott County, and Eastern Iowa.

Books and other printed materials in the collection can be found using a Library Search. For additional digital resources, browse the Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive. For more information about specific subjects relating to Scott County History, please browse the Research Guides.
Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center
Davenport Public Library
321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490
(563) 326-7902