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Lend-A-Hand Club Records

Identifier: 1998-10

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials recording the activities and operation of the Lend-A-Hand Club. Primiarly the records consist of financial records and resident room records of women who rented rooms at Lend-A-Hand. Additionally, the materials include lists of board of directors and community organizations, signs of rules and regulations for those staying at Lend-A-Hand, as well as a representative sample of construction and architectural records.


  • Creation: 1944-1976

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 Lend-A-Hand Club for young women began in 1886. The Club offered young women living and working away from home opportunities for education and fellowship in a chaperoned environment. The Club occupied a variety of rented quarters downtown where lecture series were offered and a ladies' waiting room operated before 1900. In 1922, funds were secured and a permanent building was erected on 105 South Main Street. The building contained dormitory rooms, a lounge, an excellent cafeteria, and a swimming pool. As an affiliate of the national network of Lend-A-Hand Clubs, the chapter motto was:

Look up, and not down Look forward and not back Look out, and not in Lend a hand.

In the 1960s the building stopped serving as a women's facility. It was rented to the City of Davenport and converted to housing for the elderly in 1973. The Lend-A-Hand building at 105 South Main Street was razed in July of 1990.


2.30 Linear Feet ( in 2 5" legal manuscript boxes, 1 2.5" legal manuscript box, 3 5" letter manuscript boxes, 1 oversized flat folder.)

Language of Materials



The collection is organized into five series. The contents of each series are arranged chronologically with exception to the Resident Records series which is arranged alphabetically. Each of the series more fully describes the contents of the collection. The series arrangement of the records is as follows:
Administrative Records
Financial Records
Resident Records
Miscellaneous Records

Physical Location

Range 38 Section 08

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

Two related collections documenting the activities of the Lend-A-Hand Club organization include 1989-11 and 2008-06.

Physical Description

The materials are in fair to good condidtion.


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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