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It's a treasure chest containing history about the city of Davenport. In the basement of the Main Street Library is a section which is off limits to the public.

It is the storage room where thousands of photos, books, city records and a vast wealth of other city information is kept.

Amy Groskopf is the Special Collections Supervisor.  She is in charge of the Richardson-Sloane special collections section.

You'll find an 1857 map of Davenport, historically significant because it was the first map created after the bridge was built across the Mississippi River.

There are glass negatives. One photo is of the Saint Ambrose Baseball Team from years ago.

Records of ambulance and police calls, all handwritten, have a place in the special collections.

Groskopf says the vast majority of the many items have been donated. She says the excitement is being able to see and touch documents which in some instances are more than one hundred years old.

She loves the history and the documents, and the challenges presented in terms of preserving them and providing access to the public.

Davenport, Past and Present. Amy Groskopf says it's really important to take a step back at times and know where we have come from.  

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