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Tacoma City Council Resolutions

  • 1.1.1
  • 1884-1985

Includes Tacoma City Council Resolutions and supporting documentation. Resolutions are non-binding statements made by the Tacoma City Council. They are formal expressions of a particular position that are endorsed and signed by the Mayor. Though resolutions are not a law, they are a formal declaration of support from the City Council.

Tacoma City Council

Mayor Mike Parker Papers

  • 1.2.2
  • 1972 - 1985

Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, and photographs related to Mike Parker's political career as Mayor of Tacoma and as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives. Extensive subject files were established by Parker's office and contain correspondence, studies, newspaper clippings, and reports on topics of relevance to his work. Also included are correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and legislative documents.

Mike Parker

Mayor William Baarsma Papers

  • 1.2.3
  • 1953-1964, 1991-2009

Includes speeches, thank you notes, schedules, and event information related to Baarsma's two terms as Mayor of Tacoma. Also included are two boxes predating Baarsma's mayoral career containing research materials as well as correspondence, campaign materials, and newsletters related to Pierce County and national democratic politicians.

Bill Baarsma

Mayor Karen Vialle Papers

  • 1.2.4
  • 1944 - 2011

Includes photographs, correspondence, reports, speeches, VHS tapes, and other material related to Vialle's roles as an educator and the first woman to serve as Mayor of Tacoma.

Karen Vialle

Tacoma Police Department Records

  • 1.3.1
  • 1885 - 1985

Includes scrapbooks, notices, city council documents related to police misconduct, and a departmental manual from 1891.

Tacoma Police Department

Tacoma Fire Department Records

  • 1.3.2
  • c. 1890-1982

Includes photographs, scrapbooks, fire statistics, fire investigation images, day books, reports, and other material related to the operations of the Tacoma Fire Department.

Tacoma Fire Department

Planning and Development Services Records

  • 1.3.4

These records include seven boxes of primarily historic and aerial photographs, CDs containing documents, reports, slide photos, and letters relating to the projects and work conducted by the City of Tacoma's Planning and Development Services.

Planning and Development Services 

Tacoma Public Library Records

  • 1.4.1

Includes photographs, architectural drawings, meeting minutes, correspondence, and other records relating to the operations of Tacoma Public Library.

Tacoma Public Library

Tacoma Public Library Scrapbooks

  • 1.4.3

Includes scrapbooks compiled by Tacoma Public Library staff containing newspaper clippings, event programs and flyers, photographs, and other material related to the Library. Items identified as "Clippings Scrapbooks" contain only newspaper clippings.

Tacoma Public Library

Tacoma Public Library Book Notes Radio Program

  • 1.4.5

Tacoma Public Library's Book Notes radio program was featured on KTNT radio Sundays at 10:30 pm. The show existed from the 1950s to the1970s and featured content such as book reviews, oral histories, interviews, and poetry readings. The hosts included librarian Marile Creager, Gary Reese, Louise Morrison, and Georgeanne Schuler.

Tacoma Public Library

Tacoma Public Library Bicentennial Oral History Project

  • 1.4.6

These oral history interviews were conducted by Ruth L. Wett as part of an oral history project sponsored by the Tacoma Public Library from 1975 to 1976. Each interview provides insight into activities in various neighborhoods, the mixture of immigrant communities, and the reflections on everyday experiences living in Tacoma around the turn of the last century.

Tacoma Public Library

Jacki Skaught Papers

  • 1.6.1
  • 1980 - 2005

The Jacki Skaught Papers cover the years 1980-2005. The records are divided into five series specifically concerning Jacki Skaught’s role with the Jury and the City of Tacoma: Tacoma Dome Jury of Recommendation Committee Member , Tacoma Dome Reconvened Jury Member, Tacoma Dome Continued Involvement, Other City of Tacoma Positions, and miscellaneous ephemera and memorabilia.

Jacki Skaught

Puyallup Police and Fire Department Annual Reports

  • 10 .1.1
  • 1977-1982

Annual reports from the Puyallup Fire Department and Puyallup Police Department including notes on accomplishments, department statistics, personal/organization charts, union activities, and training reports, among other information.

Richards Studio Photographic Slides

  • 2.1.1

This collection contains 35mm color transparencies (slides) and color stereo transparencies (3D slides) of Richards Studio photography from roughly the 1950s through the 1960s. These materials document Daffodil parades, local weddings, the local plywood and chemical industries, along with other commercial photographic work in the South Sound area.

Richards Photography Studio

Richards Studio Photographic Negatives

  • 2.1.1

This collection contains a variety of different sized photographic negatives (4x5, 6x8, and 9x12) of Richards Studio photography from roughly 1920s through to the early 1960s. These negatives depict a wide range of commercial subject matter including local clubs and organizations, business and industry, sports, public events, city government.

Richards Photography Studio

Richards Studio Print Photographs

  • 2.1.1

This collection contains exclusively print photographs taken by the Richards Studio from roughly 1910s through to 1980. These prints depict a wide range of commercial subject matter including local clubs and organizations, business and industry, sports, public events, city and local government, weddings, and the armed services.

Richards Photography Studio

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