Photograph collections at the Center contain approximately 60,000 images of Davenport, Scott County and Quad-City area people and places. Most non-portrait images date from approximately 1920-1960. A portion of the images have been photocopied and arranged by general subject and can be browsed in the Special Collections Center. If you have specific subject requests please ask the Special Collections staff to search our in-house database.
We have a large collection of portraits from the Hostetler Studio and Free Studio in Davenport. There is a name index to most of these images available on our main search page.
Images from our collections that have been added to HistoryPin.
The Center participates in the Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image archive, a cooperative project that provides access to local historical photographs owned by a variety of Quad-City area libraries and historical organizations. The archive can be accessed at: http://www.umvphotoarchive.org
Copies for personal use of images owned by Davenport Public Library are available for purchase. The fee schedule is as follows:
8 x 10" prints: $10.00 each. Postage and mailing costs for print orders are $6.50 per order.
Electronic files on CD: $10.00 per image. If ordered images cannot be sent via e-mail, postage, mailing and media costs for images on CD are $6.50 per order.
Prepayment is required. To order please use the Photograph Reproduction order form. We strongly recommend consulting with staff at the Special Collections Center prior to sending payment.
Davenport Public Library Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center
321 Main Street
Davenport, IA 52801
Please make checks payable to Davenport Public Library.
If you have further questions about obtaining copies of our images please contact the Special Collections Center. If you want images for publication or display purposes contact Amy Groskopf, Special Collections Department Manager, at 563-328-6850 or