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Marian (Boldt) Edwards Collection

Identifier: 2021-15

Scope and Contents

This collection is made up of images pertaining to Marian (Boldt) Edwards and her family, Davenport, Iowa's Oral-Deaf School, and the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf-Davenport Division No. 59. Both original photographic prints and digital images are included documenting people, awards and certificates. Group photographs both formal and casual as well as digital images of the original Division Charter and members fifty years later are highlights. Identification is available for the image of the members upon the fiftieth anniversary of the Society's Davenport Division.


  • 1916-1991

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials are available for use in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center only.

Request permission before copying materials.

Personal digital cameras and scanners are allowed in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center on a case-by-case basis. The items that a researcher may want to scan or photograph must be examined and evaluated for physical condition, copyright issues, and donor restrictions by staff.

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Biographical / Historical

Marian D. Boldt was born to parents Harry and Florence (Freymann) Boldt in January of 1924, joining one older brother, Duane. Marian attended Davenport's Oral-Deaf School as a child then went on to learn the cabinet making trade. Her 2012 obituary described her as a master cabinet maker. Marian married Myrlin Edwards, also deaf, in June 1947 and the couple had a daughter. The family was very involved with the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf-Davenport Division No. 59 which received their Charter in 1916.


10 Photographic Prints (in 2 folders. ) : black and white

8 images : jpeg files; scans created 2021

Language of Materials



Original photographic prints are in Folder 1. Supplemental material is in Folder 2.

Physical Location

Range 44 Section 02; Photo Box 7

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Language of description
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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