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Davenport Leisure Services & Facilities Parks Collection

Identifier: 2003-09

Scope and Contents

This collection includes maps, publications, publicity, photographs, newspaper clippings, programs, planning documents, relating to city parks, stadium, and organizations responsible for parks: Park Board of Commissioners, Parks and Recreation Department.


  • 1890-2005

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

Over the years the names of the organization responsible for the Davenport park system have changed. Beginning in 1890, the Davenport Board of Park Commissioners, often called simply “Park Board”, became the governing body with three park commissioners. In 1978 the Board of Park Commissioners was dissolved and the City Administrator became responsible for all duties and functions of the Director of Parks and Recreation. [Ordinances 78-846 and 78-847] In order to try to reflect a broader scope of action the name of the department was changed in 1997 to Leisure Services and Facilities, but it never really caught on, and the department went back to Parks and Recreation in about 2005. At the time the items were donated in 2003 the department was known as Leisure Services and Facilities, which is why the 2003-09 collection is titled as such.


60.45 Linear Feet (in 108 containers of various sizes.) : NOTE: this does not include the flat files in map case 04.

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Range 41 Sections 02, 03, 04; flat files in map case 04 drawers 6-15.

Immediate Source of Acquisition



in 1 5" archival letter size box: Fejervary Park photographic prints; renovation and design 1980; Bank to Bluff Project master plan, final report 1992 and 1993 market research study; restoration ideas 2014; zoo history; burro ride tickets;

Public Parks and Recreation brochure ca 1960s;

VanderVeer Botanical Park Attendance Record Book 1993-2002.

Outdoor Classroom Improvements-Fejervary Park architectural drawings 2012;

8 x 10" photographic prints from newspaper including Lafayette Park wading pool, VanderVeer Park wading pool, picnic at Duck Creek, golf at Duck Creek, VanderVeer ROTC inspection, monkey twins Fejervary zoo;

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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