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Thomas Handforth Papers

  • 3.5.3

The collection comprises paintings, prints, personal and business correspondence, electrotype plates, woodblock plates, photographs, clippings, and books spanning the artist's life and career.

Thomas Handforth

Paul Jackson Digital Videos

  • CAC1001

Born digital videos created by Tacoma-based filmmaker Paul Jackson, PhD including documentaries, interviews, and recordings of regional meetings and events.

Paul Jackson

Sallie Shawl Papers

  • 3.4.1

Includes records related to various local social justice efforts and organizations including the Shalom Center of Associated Ministries, United for Peace and Justice of Pierce County, TAJO (Tacoma Arabs, Jews, and Others for Peace), Occupy Tacoma, and Stay in Your Homes. Topics covered in the papers include the South African Apartheid, the War in Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, the Occupy Wall Street movement, the death penalty, foreclosures following the 2008 financial crisis, and others. Also included are correspondence, audiovisual material, and handbook and instructions related to activism.

Sallie Shawl

Tacoma News Tribune Clippings Files

  • 5.1.3

Includes newspaper clippings organized by topic and maintained by the staff of the Tacoma News Tribune. Most files contain an assortment of clippings on a related from the Tacoma News Tribune. Some files include clippings from other papers and research notes.

Tacoma News Tribune

Stallcup-Smith Family Papers

  • 6.2.1

Contains correspondence, photographs, personal papers, clippings, and other assorted material that chronicle the life of the Stallcup and Smith families. These documents trace the family descendants beginning with John Calhoun Stallcup and Mary Pindell Shelby in the mid-1870s in Ohio through their life in Denver and eventual move to Tacoma, WA in 1899. The primary source material is organized with additional notes and research files compiled by the donor.

Stallcup Smith Family

Tacoma Community House Oral History Interviews

  • CAC2001

Tacoma Community House offers services to many immigrant and refugee populations in the Puget Sound area. These oral history interviews contribute to Tacoma’s current historical record and provide insight into the lives of underrepresented immigrant and refugee groups. These personal stories allow us to learn about their contexts, viewpoints and experiences.

Lost Tacoma Project Collection

  • 9.11

The "Lost Tacoma" project was originally designed and conceived by archivist Jeanie Fisher. It includes blueprints and technical drawings of both proposed buildings in Tacoma which were never constructed and constructed buildings which are now demolished. This is a partial representation of the Lost Tacoma collection, constituting 116 of the total 560 blueprints across 26 locations. Digitization for this project was supported by a 2016 Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant.

Alliance Addition Abstract of Title

  • 1.8.1

Abstract of title for the "southwest quarter of northwest quarter and west half of southeast quarter of northwest quarter of section five in township twenty north of range three east of Willamette Meridian." The abstract documents the recorded legal history of this area beginning with the US to Thomas Hood (1869). Also included is documentation related to the Workingmen's Joint Stock Association (George Putnam Riley et al).

Peninsula Gateway

  • 5.3.3

The Peninsula Gateway is a weekly newspaper serving the city of Gig Harbor and the Kitsap Peninsula in Pierce County, Washington. It began publication in 1917 as Bay Island News and changed its name in August of 1923. Its covers mostly local events, and includes news, features, sports, editorials, classified and commercial advertisements.

City Council Meeting Minutes

  • OCC0001

Minutes from Tacoma City Council meetings. In addition to regular meetings, minutes from study sessions, budget meetings, and special meetings are also included.

Tacoma City Council

Stephen Cysewski Photographs

  • 2.1.2

Inlcudes digital images and prints of street photography taken primarily in Tacoma and Seattle during the 1970s and 2000s. Also included are oversize photographs, photographic negatives, and photographic slides.

Stephen Cysewski

The North American Indian by Edward Curtis

  • 9.10

The Northwest Room’s set of The North American Indian consists of twenty individually bound books, each with an average of 250 pages and 75 images, and 20 accompanying portfolios, each with an average of 36 large image plates housed in each folding case.

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

Mayor John Linck Papers

  • 1.2.6

Includes correspondence, speeches, writings, photos, and scrapbooks. Documentation related to Linck's resignation from the Treasury Department is also included along with issues of The Spirit of the Age, a newspaper edited by Linck.

John Linck

Thor Tollefson Papers

  • 6.1.5

Includes photographs, correspondence, speeches, writings, and newspaper clippings related to Tollefson's work as the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney, a member of the United States Congress, and the Director of the Washington State Department of Fisheries. Also included are personal materials related to Tollefson's family and portraits signed by several US Presidents and other political figures.

Thor Tollefson

Matthew Dick Boat Building Photographs

  • 2.6.3

Includes images taken from 1977-1979 by Matthew Dick, a student of the Bates Vocational Technical Institute's two-year Boat Building Program.

Matthew Dick

Murray Morgan Papers

  • 6.1.1

Includes documentation from Morgan's career as a historian, writer, journalist, broadcaster, and teacher. Materials include: drafts and manuscripts of Morgan's books, articles, and unpublished writing projects; research files assembled by Morgan and containing clippings, reports, notes, and writing drafts; teaching materials such as lesson plans and lecture notes; photographs used in Morgan's publications or related to research topics; transcripts and notes from Morgan's radio broadcasts; audio and video recordings; personal materials, awards, and ephemera.

Murray Morgan

Grit City Magazine

  • 5.6.1
  • 2018-

A quarterly magazine focused on histories, profiles, essays, art, and photojournalistic documentation of aspects of Tacoma's society and culture. Each issue includes a supplemental art poster. This collection contains all issues of the magazine to the most current issue.

Grit City Magazine

Franklin Pierce High School Ethnic Studies Interviews

  • CAC4001

Includes interviews conducted by Franklin Pierce High School students for an Ethnic Studies class with teacher Dan Call. Students interviewed family, friends, and other community members about race, racial identity, microaggressions, and discrimination. Interview transcripts created by students have been produced for some audio recordings.

Anderson Family Papers

  • 6.2.3

Includes photographs, correspondence, writings, speeches, and scrapbooks created or collected by members of the Anderson family. Also included are correspondence and financial records related to the Anderson Supply Company.

Anderson Family

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