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Club of '89 Records

Identifier: 2014-07

Scope and Contents

This collection includes meeting minutes from 1897-2020; historic scrapbooks 1943-2020; photographic prints; yearbooks 1947-1988.


  • Creation: 1897-2020

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

In the fall of 1889, Phebe Sudlow began one of the first women's groups formed in Davenport, Iowa - a club for women of her church, St. John's Methodist. Membership was limited to 25 people because the group traditionally met at members' homes. The Club of '89 met weekly to study the women of the Bible. According to an undated constitution, its objective was the intellectual improvement and the promotion of higher moral and social condition.

Over the years, the club transformed into an educational outlet that went beyond studying the Bible, with members sharing book discussions, reviews and current events.

This club was still active as of 2020.


4.34 Linear Feet (in 2 record center cartons and 2 loose bound volumes.)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Range 41 Section 09

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