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Northwest Davenport Liedertafel Ladies [Damen Zirkel] Records

Identifier: 2015-18

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials recording the activities and actions of the Northwest Davenport Liedertafel Ladies.

The collection's materials were mostly handwritten by the executive board and the membership.


  • 1921-2008
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1985

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.

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Biographical / Historical

The Damen Zirkel of Northwest Davenport Liedertafel Ladies Organization was formed in September 1901 by Peter N. Jacobsen, a member of the men's Liedertafel, or singing group, which had been active since March 1885. The men's Liedertafel disbanned around the time of World War I because of anti-German sentiment. Beginning with 24 members, the group has had as many as 350. Monthly meetings were held at the Northwest Turner Hall in Davenport.

The object of the society was both social and beneficial. Dues were collected and benefit members received a $50.00 death benefit. Activities included singing, playing cards and picnics. Most of this information is from an article, "Liedertafel Means Singing" by Sharon Proctor. Published in the Quad-City Times on December 16, 1966.

Charter members named in a 1951 anniversary article include Mrs. Laura Warnken and Mrs. Maria Schreck.


3.75 Linear Feet (in 1 record center cartons; in 2 5" letter manuscript boxes; in 1 small flat archive box.)

Language of Materials




The collection is organized into five series, one of which has been further arranged in subseries. The contents of each series are arranged chronologically with exception to the Realia series which consists of one object. Each of the series more fully describes the contents of the collection. The series and subseries arrangement of the records is as follows:
Constitution & By-Laws
Organization Minutes
Membership Records
Financial Records
Sub-Series: Audit Records, Membership Dues, Donation Records, Treasurer Records

Physical Location

Range 33 Section 02

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Physical Description

Fair to good condition. Some items show evident of inactive mold.

Language of description
Script of description

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
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Davenport IA 52801-1490
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