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Ladies Industrial Relief Society Records

Identifier: 2004-03

Scope and Contents

Records of the Ladies Industrial Relief Society and successor organizations date from the late 1880's to the 1980's. The collection includes by-laws and constitutions, financial records, annual reports, reports of the nursery, laundry and outdoor relief programs, meeting minutes journals, photos, scrapbooks, histories, diaries of Sophie Toller and reports of Friendly Visitors. This organization was later known as Family and Children's Services, then became Family Resources, Inc.

The Diaries of Sophie Toller were scanned in order to provide access without further damage to the fragile pages. Transcriptions of Family File Cards and Friendly Visitor cards available.


  • Creation: 1880s-1980s

Conditions Governing Use

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

*Information about individuals assisted by the organization will be held confidential until 72 years after the record was created.

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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.


17.05 Linear Feet (in one record center carton, twenty-two 5" legal archive boxes, three 2.5" legal archive boxes, two 21 x 17" flat boxes, one 3-ring binder, two loose items.)

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Physical Location

Range 41 Section 5; Photographs are in boxes 23, 24, and 26 as well as scrapbooks.

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.

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Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center
Davenport Public Library
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Davenport IA 52801-1490
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