This was a difficult post to title, should I go with Davenport Public Library which is where the collections are housed? Should I title it Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society? Or, should I title it Richardson-Sloan Special Collections Center? All were possibilities!
Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center
Davenport Public Library
321 Main Street
Davenport, Iowa 52801
Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society
PO Box 3132
Davenport, Iowa 52808-3132
email for the corresponding secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Researchers will find
18,000 rolls of microfilm
2,000 linear feet of archives and manuscript collections
A special tab on their website for “Genealogy and History”
A blog featuring items in the Special Collections Center
This repository is a genealogist’s heaven! By MY estimate, this is the largest collection of genealogy and local history materials in Iowa except the State Historical Society. Extensive listings and finding aids are available on the library’s website. However, I was told that not everything is listed online! Call for more even detail.
While the Scott County Genealogical Society maintains ownership of its collection, it is located within the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. Like one stop shopping, only in this case “one stop researching!”
Also of note, every spring the Scott County Iowa Genealogical Society and the Rock Island County Illinois Genealogical Society co-sponsor the one-day Quad Cities Genealogical Conference with a nationally recognized speaker.
We have visited this library twice and I have been amazed with the collection both times. A significant benefactor, an active genealogy society, and a supportive public library and community can accomplish great things!
This is a MUST VISIT library!