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Barnes, Charline J. Iowa’s Black Legacy. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub., 2000. SC 305.896 Bar


Bergmann, Leola Marjorie. The Negro in Iowa. Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1969. SC 301.45 BER


Changing the Odds in Iowa. Johnston, Iowa: Iowa Public Television, 1994.  SC VC 977.7 CHA


Dykstra, Robert R. Bright Radical Star: Black Freedom and White Supremacy on the Hawkeye Frontier. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1993. SC 977.7 Dyk


Gradwohl, David M. Exploring Buried Buxton: Archaeology of an Abandoned Iowa Coal Mining Town with a Large Black Population. 1st ed. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1984.  SC 977.7865 Gra


Hawthorne, Frances E. African Americans in Iowa : a Chronicle of Contributions, 1830-1992. Des Moines, Iowa: F.E. Hawthorne, 1992. SC 977.7 Haw


Iowa Association of Colored Women's Clubs. Program of the Association's 87th Annual Convention, June, 1989, Davenport, Iowa. Iowa: Iowa Association of Colored Women's Clubs, 1989.  SC 369.3 Iow


Klein, Craig R. African American Churches and Fraternal Organizations in Davenport, Iowa, 1867-1920. Davenport, Iowa: C. Klein, 2006. SC 305.896 Kle


Klein, Craig R. Between Community and Class: the Black Experience in Early Twentieth Century Davenport, Iowa. Davenport, Iowa: C. Klein, 1998. SC 305.896 Kle


Klein, Craig R. The Colored School Controversy in Davenport, Iowa: News Articles and Minutes of City Board of Education Meetings, 1858-1860. Davenport, Iowa: C. Klein, 2006. SC 371.82996 COLOR SCH


Klein, Craig R. Marshall Brown (1897-1919). Davenport, Iowa: C. Klein, 2003.  SC 977.3393 Kle


Klein, Craig R. Tri-City Emancipation Holidays, 1865-1917. Davenport, Iowa: C. Klein, 2006. SC 305.896 Kle


Life Narratives of African Americans in Iowa. Chicago: Arcadia, 2001. SC 977.7 Lif

Davenporters Calvin Mason and Bernice M. Jones are included in this collection.


An Oral History of the Black Population of Davenport, Iowa. Davenport, Iowa: Palmer Junior College, 1979. SC 305.8 Wil

Outside in: African-American History in Iowa, 1838-2000. Des Moines: State Historical Society of Iowa, 2001. SC 977.7 Out


Parker, Honesty. African Americans of Des Moines and Polk County. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2011.  SC 977.758 PARKE HON


Reiter, Edwin. The Road to Freedom: a History of the 108th Infantry Regiment (United States Colored Troops). Longmont, CO: Steuben Press, 2015.  SC 973.7415 REITE EDW

The regiment responsible for guarding Confederate prisoners of war on Rock Island Arsenal from 1864-1865.


Schwalm, Leslie A. (Leslie Ann), 1956-. Emancipation's Diaspora : Race and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009. SC 305.896 SCHWA LES


Smith, Eric A. Oak Hill: a Portrait of Black Life in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 1st ed. Los Angeles: Amen-Ra Theological Seminary Press, 2006.  SC 977.762 Smi

Microform Publication

The Afro-American Rare Book Collection. Prepared under the auspices of the Western States Black Research Center, Los Angeles, Calif. Denver: Information Resources, Kistler Data Management, Inc., 1977. SC FICHE R 973 and Clayton, Mayme A. Index to the Afro-American Rare Book Collection. Denver, CO: Information Resources, 1977. SC 016.973 Cla


Rare books from the 19th and early 20th centuries (152 titles) written by or about African Americans. Librarian Mayme A. Clayton of Los Angeles, California, collected these materials and compiled the index.

Archival Materials and Ephemera

Davenport (Iowa). Civil Rights Commission. Files of the Human Relations Commission, 1966-1968; newspaper clippings, 1980s-1990s. 2005-132 14/01


Davenport Public Library. Underground Railroad Research. 2013-01 35/07

Materials on the Underground Railroad in Scott County, Iowa collected for the Iowa Freedom Trail Project, 2013.


Iowa Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. Semper Fidelis Club (Davenport, Iowa). Scrapbooks. 1998-16 38/07


Iowa Stories 2000: African Americans. 2005-02 35/03

Video-recorded interviews with Jacqueline Bostic, L.A. Broyles, Bernice Jones, Robert and Mamie Norville, conducted by intermediate school students in the Davenport Community School District, 2000.


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Davenport, Iowa Branch Files, 1915-1939. 2007-11 42/01

Photocopies of the records held by the Manuscripts Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


The Cash Register: A Minority Publication. Issues for March and April, 1980. Ephemera - Publications 


Davenport Public Schools. Minority Report, 1967. Ephemera - Schools


"List of Early African-American Business and Professional Women in Davenport, Iowa." Compiled by Craig Klein. Ephemera - Business and Industry


Klein, Craig. "African-American Residential Patterns in Davenport, Iowa, 1867-1920." Maps. 2004-67 Map Case 3, D12


Iaccarino, Ralph. Journey to Freedom: Iowa’s African American History. Poster, 2000. Map Case 2: D12, F17