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For the most up to date resources, please use the University's Online Catalog. The dewey call number for Rock Island County typically starts with "977.339". Some common subject headings for Rock Island County are:

Rock Island County (Ill.) --History.
Rock Island County (Ill.) --Biography.
Rock Island County (Ill.) --Maps.

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County Histories

Bateman, Newton, 1822-1897. Historical encyclopedia of Illinois, ed. by Newton Bateman, LL. D., Paul Selby, A. M., and history of Rock Island County (historical and biographical) by special authors and contributors… Chicago, Munsell publishing company, 1914.
Call Number: 977.339 B31H

The biographical record of Rock Island County, Illinois. Chicago : S.J. Clarke, 1897.
Call Number: 920.077339 B521969

Historic Rock Island County; history of the settlement of Rock Island County from the earliest known period to the present time ... embracing references of importance, and including a biography of Rock Island County’s well-known citizens. Rock Island, Ill. Kramer & Co., 1908.
Call Number: 977.339 H6292

Past and present of Rock Island County, Ill., containing a history of the county--its cities, towns, etc., a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late Rebellion, portraits of early settlers and prominent men … Chicago : H.F. Kett, c1877.
Call Number: 977.339 P268

Portrait and biographical album of Rock Island County, Illinois : containing full-page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States; also containing a history of the county, from its earliest settlement to the present time. Chicago : Biographical Pub. Co., 1885.
Call Number: 977.339 P838


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Rockford Map Publishers. Biennial atlas & plat book, Rock Island County, Illinois. Rockford, Ill. : Rockford Map Publishers,
Call Number: Q. 912.77339 R59T

Plat book of Rock Island County, Ill. Rockford, Ill. : W.W. Hixson & Co., [1931?]
Call Number: 912.77339 H64P

Iowa Publishing Co. Atlas of Rock Island County, Illinois, containing maps of villages, cities and townships of the county. Maps of state, United States and world. Farmers directory, business directory, general information. Davenport, Ia. : The Iowa Pub. Co., 1905.
Call Number: F. 912.77339 IO9A

Rockford Map Publishers. Farm plat book and business guide, Rock Island County, Illinois. [cartographic material] Rockford, Ill. : Rockford Map Publishers, c1950.
Call Number: Q. 912.77339 R59F


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Further Information

More information on can be found on our Web Resources Page as well as in the Illinois County Bibliography, which is shelved with 016.9773.

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