Scott County Community Memory Project

This is the logo for the Scott County Community Memory Project with the words Preserving and Collecting Scott County History

The Scott County Library System received a 2 year federal grant in 2019 to collect and preserve Scott County history. The grant has multiple aspects. One is that individuals can bring family photos, diaries, letters, home movies and more to scheduled scanning days or special appointments. This is a great way to share old photos with the whole family and to save them for future generations. The second phase is conducting a small number of oral history interviews with a focus on life and changes in the rural areas and small towns of Scott County. Thirdly, the Scott County Library System has created a digital collection to provide public access to important local history.

The Scott County Community Memory Project Digital Collection is hosted on the Internet Archive and contains items from many Scott County towns, families, and organizations. New content is being added weekly for the duration of the grant.

Another product of the grant is the Generation to Generation project. The goals of Generation to Generation are to help different generations connect and to help kids and teens delve into family history. This project is being launched in conjunction with the 2020 Summer Reading Program: Imagine Your Story. Our Story: A Grandparent Book allows grandparents to share their stories with grandkids of any age. Our Genealogy Guide for Kids helps kids of all ages get started with oral histories, family trees, journaling, and more. These resources are free to download and use for non-commercial purposes.

Please direct questions about the project to 563-285-4794 or [email protected]

This project is funded in part by IMLS grant #LG-27- 19-0224- 19.

In 2021, SCLS received a Libraries Transforming Communities grant from ALA to continue the work of the Scott County Community Memory Project and host a community conversation about the preservation and access of local history.

That conversation will take place on September 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eldridge branch and online. Please contact [email protected] with questions.

The Scott County Community Memory Project Copyright Policy:

The Scott County Community Memory Project Digital Collection exists to preserve and provide access to rural Scott County history. The project was funded by an IMLS grant to the Scott County Library System from 2019-2021. We make these materials available in order to facilitate their use for non-commercial and educational purposes, and to advance the mission of the Scott County Library System.

We make every effort to provide factual information about copyright ownership where possible. When rights information is available, we include it in the “Rights” field of the metadata record for an item.  Due to the nature of historical collections, it may not be possible to fully determine the copyright ownership of a particular item. Any copyright owners who are not properly identified on this website should contact the Scott County Library System so that we can make any necessary corrections. Upon request, we will remove material from our online collections while we review a copyright claim.

It is the responsibility of the user to determine and satisfy copyright and other use restrictions when reproducing and using materials from our collections. As a service to other researchers, we request that users credit the Scott County Community Memory Digital Collection as the source.