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National History Day: Local businesses/Economy

Suggested topics based on available primary sources

Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center

Location and Hours




(563) 326-7902



321 N Main Street 

Davenport, IA 52801-1490


Mondays: 9am-8pm

Tue - Sat: 9am-5:30pm

Sundays and Holidays: CLOSED





from our Archive & Manuscripts Collections

1995-01 Mueller Lumber Company records. Includes 4 bound journals, approx 150 photographs, plans of homes constructed. 4 rec.ctr. Cartons;12 flat boxes;2 ledgers. Rg. 37 Sec.4

1997-21 Mueller Lumber Company ledger books. 5 bound volumes in 2 archive boxes. Rg. 38 Sec.9

1997-05 Iowana Farms photo album & video of fair. Video shows the Mississippi Valley Fair, Sept. 1944. 1 photo album and 1 video. Rg. 38 Sec.8

1998-22 Iowana Farms photographs. 2 photo albums and approx. 30 small, loose photos. 1 OS flat box. Rg. 38 Sec.8 OS

2002-09 Voss Washing Machine photographs. 5 color photos of a restored Voss Washing Machine, c. 1877-1910.  The machine was restored in 2002. 1 folder. Rg. 38 Sec. 4


From our Archive and Manuscript Collection

Ephemera -


"The Lee Newspapers". Palimpsest [Oct 1950] Periodical.

Business and Industry - Lee Enterprises 

Annual Reports [1984-1997] Periodical

Lee News [Nov 1990] Periodical

Bettendorf Company & Zimmerman Steel

Diamond Jubilee Edition. Bettendorf News. 28 June 1978. Periodical. Oversize. Map Case #2 Drawer #9

Hostetler, J. B. Davenport Iowa: A Textbook for manufacturers [1905]. Panoramic Photographs. Oversize. Map Case #2 Drawer #7

Books from the RiverShare Catalog