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William Roba Collection of Historical Documents

Identifier: 2020-36

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a series of materials donated over time. The collection organization is based on individual donations.

Contemporary Club "Immortals Beyond" Collection is a compilation by Dr. William Roba of biographical materials pertaining to members of the local Contemporary Club that are deceased. The nickname (of sorts) for Club members is “The Immortals”. Donated as accession 2017-08.

Horoney/Russell Research Collection consists of correspondence between local (Rock Island) author Charlotte Russell, her daughter, and William Roba as well as newspaper clippings regarding Russell and a snapshot of Roba and Russell from 1986. In addition, there are copies of published items regarding Mary Katherine Horoney also known as Big Nose Kate and Kate Elder, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, OK Corral. Donated as accession 2019-02.

German Immigration Materials consist of the materials relating to the emigration of Germans from Germany and Germanic lands and immigration of Germans to the United States particularly from the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany to Davenport, Iowa. Donated as accession 2020-36.

The Trident Biennial Souvenir is the publication for biennial Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs. It was published by Ella G. Bushnell-Hamlin. The cover image is of Maria Purdy Peck. Paper tied together with ribbon. Donated as accession 2018-03.

The Weekly Outlook [newspaper]; Emil Geisler poetry [photocopies] is a collection of "The Weekly Outlook" and photocopies of poetry by Emil Geisler. Donated as accession 2018-04.

German Studies Materials contain of essays exploring German influence in Iowa signed by author/donor and a copy of "Die frühe schleswig-holsteinische Auswanderung in die USA 1835- 1860 von Dr. Gerd Hagenah" unpublished manuscript. Donated as accession 2018-40.


  • 1896-2016

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

The collection was compiled by a professor from Eastern Iowa Community College, formerly Scott Community College. The subjects covered are areas of research interest and study of the professor.


2.40 Linear Feet (in 4 mixed archival containers.)

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Physical Location

Range 33 Section 02 - three archival boxes


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Repository Details

Part of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center Repository

321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490 United States

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