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Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation Collection

Identifier: 1994-07

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photocopied research materials relating to the George Davenport Family residing on what is known as Arsenal Island, Rock Island, IL. The topics included are relating to business interests, correspondence, genealogy, and early Rock Island history. Highlighted in this collection are letters referring to shipping materials to build the first home in the Quad City area, circa 1833.

Most of this collection consists of photocopies, reproduced from originals in the Archives of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis. The collection these materials come from is the P. Chouteau Maffitt Collection. They are for research and reference use only. They are not to be reproduced in publication or published in any form without the express written permission of the Missouri Historical Society.

Other photocopied materials are photocopies from the Rock Island County Historical Society in Rock Island, Illinois and from the history and archives division in Des Moines, Iowa.


  • 1994

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

The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation was founded in 1978 to preserve the Colonel Davenport House, located on the Arsenal Island in Rock Island, Illinois, and to tell the story of the life of Colonel George Davenport and the development of the Quad Cities region and upper Mississippi River corridor through educational outreach programs and on-site programs to the local community, Quad Cities school districts, and visitors.

The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF) mission is to preserve the Colonel Davenport House and site, and foster knowledge of the history and development of the Quad Cities region through tours of the house, exhibits, and educational programming.

According to the United Way's volunteer page:


2 Box(es) (in 1 5" letter manuscript box, 1 2.5" letter manuscript box.)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged topically with guidance from the inventory created by the Foundation.

Physical Location

Range 37 Section 03

Immediate Source of Acquisition


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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