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P.E.O. Chapter FJ Records

Identifier: 2014-08

Scope and Contents

This collection was created by the P.E.O Sisterhood Chapter FJ of Davenport, Iowa. It's officers and membership recorded and created these materials. The collection contains recording secretary's book with treasurer's reports, a history of the local chapter, photographic prints, and scrapbooks from the 1950s through 2003. The documents in this collection also include biographical information about their membership such as member Patricia Barry, an actress, and LaWanda Roudebush, former Davenport Public Library Director.

The collection is organized into seven series: Minutes Historian Records Correspondence Membership Records Photographs Periodical Clippings Scrapbooks


  • 1919-2011

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 Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) The original meaning of the letters, as established by the P.E.O. Founders, is reserved for members only.

Birthplace of the P.E.O. Sisterhood

Iowa P.E.O.'s are extremely proud of our status as the Birthplace of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. It was founded by seven young women students on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan University in 1869 and has grown into a Sisterhood of nearly a half million members in the United States and Canada. P.E.O. is an organization where women CELEBRATE the advancement of women; EDUCATE women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and MOTIVATE women to achieve their highest aspirations.-


3.09 Linear Feet (in 4 5" letter manuscript boxes, 1 5" oversized manuscript box, 1 clamshell flat box.)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Range 33 Section 01

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

2011-20: Alice Richardson-Sloane Collection is a related collection documenting the activies of the P.E.O. Convention events, materials pertaining to the "guard" position during the convention, programs for other programs, and correspondence.

Physical Description

The condition of the materials was good to fine. Materials are in stable condition.

Processing Information

The collection was processed into series by chronological order. Materials were rehoused in to manuscript boxes and oversized archival boxes based on size. Two scrapbooks have been removed from their bindings due to poor condition. The scrapbook's pages have been rehoused in folders.

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
321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490
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