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City Scape

  • 5.2.20
  • 1988/11-1999/12

Tacoma City Scape is a newsletter for City of Tacoma employees published by the City of Tacoma. It provides updates on different aspects of jobs in the city. The newsletter relays information about healthcare plans, advice for work-life balance, and people to call for help. It also includes survey results that were submitted by readers, advice from other employees, and self-submitted articles. Columns for city events and court hearings that could affect workers are also featured.

Cog-nitive Courier

  • 5.2.21
  • 1992/01-2012/07

The Cog-nitive Courier was a monthly newsletter published by the Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club. It was originally established in 1888 and was later restarted in 1974. The newsletter changed names from the Tacoma Wheelman’s Bicycle Club Newsletter to the Cog-nitive Courier in April 2002. In its issues, it contains meetup information for club members, ride calendars for biking trips, information regarding bicycling laws around Tacoma, pictures from past rides, and general news. The final printed version of the Cog-nitive Courier was published in July 2012 due to a lack of an editor.

Tacoma Daily Index

  • 5.2.22
  • 1916/11/01 -

The Tacoma Daily Index is a daily newspaper published by Sound Publishing Inc. It features a daily story on the front page. It publishes legal notices, bankruptcies, liens, orders, calls for bids, federal court notices and auditors’ office notices. The Daily Index was founded on May 1, 1890, as the Daily Mortgage and Lien Record. (1)

Holdings: Nov. 1, 1916 - July 31, 1917; Aug. 1, 1917 - Dec. 30, 2021 (bound); Jan. 5, 2022 - Dec. 30, 2022.

City Arts

  • 5.2.23
  • 2006 - 2018

"City Arts" was a monthly magazine which began in Tacoma, Washington, and would soon after have Eastside and Seattle editions, which then consolidated into one edition after September 2011. (1) The magazine was published by Encore Media Group and covered local artists and events in the Tacoma/Seattle area. It contained sections about local art news, lifestyle, and has a featured artist section as well. At the end of each magazine there is a calendar that listed local events happening throughout the month. Some types of events include movies showings, live music, dance, theater, comedy shows, visual art displays, and book talks.

Pierce County Recorder

  • 5.2.24
  • 1930/10/10-1932/5/12

The "Pierce County Recorder" was a weekly newspaper that changed its name from the "Roy Recorder" on October 17, 1930. It covered the areas of Brookdale, Longbranch, McKenna, Parkland, Roy and Spanaway among others in south Pierce County. It focused primarily on local and state news, church and social events, sports including Valley League Baseball and schools including Pacific Lutheran College.

The Island Lantern

  • 5.2.25
  • 1939 - 1980

The Island Lantern (originally called "The Monthly Island Lantern") was a publication that ran from April 1, 1924 through March 1980. As proclaimed at the start of nearly every issue it is "published .. by and for the men of the U. S. Penitentiary. McNeil Island, Washington ... The purpose of this publication is to give inmates opportunities for self-expression: to provide a medium for discussion of public problems: to foster better understanding between inmates and the public and to be constructively informative."

Alpine News

  • 5.2.26
  • 1962/07-1966/09

"Alpine News" was a newsletter published by Tacoma Chapter of The Mountaineers. Articles included mountain rescues, events, tips, future climbs, history, stories of recent climbs and other mountain climbing news.

The Masonic Journal

  • 5.2.27
  • 1922/03-1928/11

"The Masonic Journal" was a monthly publication that was first published with its March 25, 1922 issue. The publication centered on "Masonic ideas and ideals," and was published at the Provident Building in Tacoma, Washington. "The Masonic Journal" would change its title to "Washington Masonic Journal" for the April 1924 issue through the August or September issue of 1925, which it then reverted back to its original name.

Holdings: 1922/03-1925/08, 1925/10-1926/02, 1926/04-1928/11.

Sea-Tac Keel

  • 5.2.28
  • 1943/06/19-1944/06

“Sea-Tac Keel” was an oversized magazine published bimonthly for the employees of the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma Yard, which was a subsidiary of the Todd Shipyards Corporation. It was published at the “foot of Alexander Avenue” in Tacoma, Washington. The publication primarily focused on the shipyards and the ongoing ship-building effort due to World War II, which was happening at the time.


  • 5.2.29
  • 1953/08-1972/07

Nallevents was a periodic publication produced by Nalley's for its employees and shareholders that contained things like quarterly profits, short articles about their employees, and occasional competitions.

Nalley's the company operated a food product plant in Tacoma, the namesake of "Nalley Valley", it underwent changes in the mid-1990s and closed entirely in the 2010s, but their products are still sold today through several larger retail stores like Walmart. At their peak, Nalley operated plants and sold products throughout the western United States, from Texas up to Washington.

West Coast Lumberman

  • 5.2.3
  • 1904-1949

Periodical published in Tacoma with news, financial information, reports from various cities, and other coverage related to the lumber industry. Also included are obituaries and news of work related accidents by individuals employed in the industry. The West Coast Lumberman and the Puget Sound Lumberman were both founded in 1889. The two publications merged in 1896.

Suburban Times

  • 5.2.30
  • 1963/01-1978/12; 1981/01-1982/01

The Suburban Times was a local newspaper created by the Meadowdale Publishing Company, beginning in 1963. It was the successor of Tacoma Suburban Times, which was established in January 1961 by combining The Lakewood Log (est. in 1937) and Suburban Press. The print newspaper served Pierce County local news as well as neighboring McChord Air Force Base and Fort Lewis, which has since combined to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

In 1980 the publication would become the Lakewood Suburban Times, reverting to The Suburban Times after January 20, 1981. The Publication would end entirely in 1982. In 2005, the publication would become an online newspaper and community space.

Holdings: Print, 1963-1972 (bound), 1973-1978, Jan. 1981-Jan. 1982.

The Tacoma Facts

  • 5.2.4
  • 1970-1977, 1980-1986, 2005-2008, 2022

Weekly newspaper primarily focused on issues of relevance to Tacoma's Black community. At various points, the title appeared as "The Tacoma Facts" and "The Northwest Facts." In the 1970s, the paper advertised itself as "the newspaper most people prefer for information about Tacoma's Minority Communities."

Tacoma Indian News

  • 5.2.5
  • 1974 - 1982

Monthly newspaper published by the Puyallup Tribe Office of Native American Programs. Articles focus on local, regional, and national topics related to Indigenous communities. Coverage includes activism around fishing and land rights. Articles and classifieds were also solicited from the local tribal community. August 1974 - May 1982.

Sixth Avenue Shopper

  • 5.2.6
  • c. 1930, 1932, 1941-1942

Weekly four-page local newspaper based out of Tacoma, Washington, with advertisements of Sixth Avenue businesses and some community news content. c. 1930 (Vol. 1, No. 1); Oct. 11, 1932; Jan. 02, 1941 - Sept. 24, 1942.

Tacoma Labor Advocate

  • 5.2.7
  • 1919-1950, 1954-1977

Weekly newspaper produced by the "Tacoma Central Labor Council, and all the unions in the city" focusing on various union and labor activities in the Tacoma/Seattle region, statewide and nationally, along with some world news.

Holdings: Jan. 03, 1919 - Dec. 29, 1950; May 7, 1954 - December 26, 1958 (bound); Jan. 2, 1959 - Oct. 15, 1977.

Hilltop Action Journal

  • 5.2.8
  • 2016-

Bi-monthly community newspaper with articles and information about the Hilltop Area neighborhood of Tacoma. March/April 2017 - Present; August/September 2020 and June/July 2021 issues published in digital form only.

Hilltop Action Coalition

Yakima Nation Review

  • 5.3.1
  • 1971-1973, 1975-1980, 1982, 1984-1987

Newspaper published in Toppenish, Washington by the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.

Migrant Education News

  • 5.3.10
  • 1987-1990

Migrant Education News was a monthly newspaper based out of Sunnyside, Washington. It began publication in 1987 and ended publication in 1990. Migrant Education News included local and national news and each publication included both an English and Spanish volume.

Alki: The Washington Library Association Journal

  • 5.3.11
  • 1985 - 2008

Alki: The Washington Library Association Journal, published by the Washington Library Association, covers topics of interest to library organizations. It was mailed to all WLA members and published three times a year, with a theme for each issue. They published opinion pieces and articles covering topics related to intellectual freedom, collection development policies, literacy, outreach, public services, conferences, the changing role of library workers, continuing education, and an annual WLA Conference issue.


  • 5.3.12
  • 1950 - 1984

The Argus, a weekly news magazine published every Saturday, was founded in February 1894 by A. T. Ambrose, and after his death in 1900, published by co-owner H. A. Chadwick. From 1954 on it was published by the Argus Publishing Company in Seattle. The title changed to Argus Magazine in 1983. It published news, opinion and commentary pieces, and covered local and national stories, reviews of local arts, dance and theater, local court summons and obituaries.
Annual Christmas/Holiday issue was published 1901-1952, vols. for 1960- include annual supplement with title The Argus annual collector's edition.

Balls & Burlaps

  • 5.3.13
  • 1974 - 2009

Balls & Burlaps was a regional horticultural magazine published monthly by the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association. It covered topics related to gardening, landscape maintenance, tree, shrub and plant upkeep, as well as environmental issues and weather.

Boeing Magazine

  • 5.3.14
  • 1941 - 1968

Boeing Magazine was a monthly magazine that began as Boeing News, and was published for all Boeing employees by the public relations division of Boeing Aircraft Company. It started in World War II and covered stories about the latest aircraft being used in the war. It went on to cover stories about the latest models and engines being produced by the company, as well as the newest projects Boeing employees were working on.

Business Examiner

  • 5.3.15
  • 1985 - 2015

Business Examiner was a biweekly business newspaper published by PCBE, Inc. that began in 1985 as the Pierce County Business Examiner. A second newspaper started in 1989 called the South Sound Business Examiner, and both papers ran simultaneously until they combined in 1995 as Business Examiner. It published articles about business that included profiles, trends, techniques, theories and economic issues. Its goal was to support and inform the local business community that encompassed the Puget Sound and South Sound areas.

Also in the holdings are the Business Examiner supplement "Book of Lists: Market Data & Facts", which was published yearly and featured a "compilation of industry leaders in South Puget Sound business".
Supplement holdings: 1992, 1994-1997, 2003, 2005-2006, 2010-2016.

Action Bulletin (WEA)

  • 5.3.16
  • 1963 - 1972

Action Bulletin was a newsletter published 9 times yearly, from September-June, by the Washington Education Association. It covered topics related to teachers, schools, students and education in general across the state.

Akwesasne Notes

  • 5.3.17
  • 1989 - 1997

Akwesasne Notes: A Journal of Native and Natural Peoples was a quarterly magazine published by the Mohawk Nation Council. It covered topics related to Native American news and published contributions from readers such as essays, poetry and illustrations.

All Our Children

  • 5.3.18
  • 1997 - 1999

All Our Children: The Child Welfare Practice Digest is a quarterly digest published in collaboration by the Northwest Institute for Children and Families and the Children's Administration of the Department of Health and Social Services. It published articles and essays related to child welfare, raising children and chosen themes for each edition, such as foster care, substance abuse and education.

American Forests

  • 5.3.19
  • 1933-

American Forests was a monthly magazine published by the American Forestry Association that covered articles related to forests, soil, wildlife and outdoor recreation. It also advocated for forest resources and environmental policies that would protect forests.

Northwest Guardian

  • 5.3.2
  • 1990 - 2018

Weekly newspaper based out of Fort Lewis, Washington, focusing on mostly local and some regional and national military news, life and sports, and also contains a local arts and entertainment guide. Holdings begin May 3, 1990 through end of production on June 15, 2018.

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