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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.

Also includes bound resolution duplicates in Box 221-230. Missing resolutions: 15400, 15854-15859, 16489-16490, 17484, 19899, 20590-20618, 22644-22649, 22900-22999, 23450, 24850.
Includes bound duplicate copies

Tacoma City Council

City of Tacoma Scrapbooks

  • 1.1.2
  • 1909-1984

Contains scrapbooks, assembled by the Tacoma City Manager's office or the Tacoma City Clerk, that primarily show newspaper clippings in which the City of Tacoma is mentioned over the course of the year(s).

Mayor Gordon Johnston Papers

  • 1.2.1

Includes extensive correspondence between Johnston and colleagues, citizens, and agencies/corporations. Additionally, the Gordon Johnston Papers contain agendas and reports from the Puget Sound Governmental Conference (later the Puget Sound Council of Governments), and the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency. Also included are city reports and financial documents, including expenditure reports and Annual Budget reports.

Gordon Johnston

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

Mayor Harold M. Tollefson Papers

  • 1.2.5

Includes correspondence, campaign records, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, government reports, photographs, speeches, conference notes, publications of municipal government organizations, and corporate records.

Harold M. Tollefson

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

Mayor Ben Hanson Papers

  • 1.2.7

Includes photographs, correspondence, and other documentation related to Hanson's role as Mayor. Also included is documentation and ephemera related to his 1959 visit to Tacoma Sister City Kokura, Japan.

Ben Hanson

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. Also included are annual and monthly reports and crime scene reporters notebooks.

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

Building and Land Use Division Records

  • 1.3.3

Includes reports, appraisals, plans, and other files generated by the division. Many reports include detailed descriptions and photographs of buildings and land parcels.

Planning and Development Services Records

  • 1.3.4

Includes 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.

Also includes documents, surveys and reports from the three agencies that merged into the Planning and Development Services in 1991: the City Planning Department, Community Development Department and the Human Development and Planning Department.

Planning and Development Services 

Public Works Department Records

  • 1.3.7

Includes reports, budgets and financial information, departmental communications, and project files related to the operations of the Public Works Department of the City of Tacoma.

Tacoma Public Utilities Records

  • 1.3.8

Records for the various departments of Tacoma Public Utilities including the Belt Line, Data Processing, Light and Water Divisions along with budgets, reports, public relations material, and newsletters. Within the various Divisions can be found monthly and annual financial reports and budgets, various papers and studies, plans, examinations, and public relations material.

Tacoma Public Library Records

  • 1.4.1

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

Tacoma Public Library

Joseph Ibbotson Papers

  • 1.4.10

Includes correspondence and documentation related to Ibbotson's role as Director of the Tacoma Public Library.

Joseph Ibbotson

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

Jacqueline Noel Papers

  • 1.4.7

Includes correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and other documentation related to Jacqueline Noel's work at the Tacoma Public Library as the Head of the Reference Department and later as City of Tacoma Librarian. Also included is information related to Noel's genealogical research and involvement in organizations such as the Huguenot Society of America, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the North End Shakespeare Club. Collections of personal papers from Noel's family members, including Eleanor Noel, Jacob Noel, Anita Noel Mason, Thomas W Mason, and Thomas "Teddy" Mason were gathered by Noel and available as a part of her Papers. Extensive family photographs dating back to c. 1850s are included.

Jacqueline Noel

Aubrey Andrews Papers

  • 1.4.8

Includes correspondence, newspaper articles, speeches, writings, and financial documents related to Andrews' work as Director of Tacoma Public Library. Also included are Andrews' diaries from 1942-1945.

Aubrey F. Andrews

John Boynton Kaiser Papers

  • 1.4.9

Includes correspondence, reports, research files, and other documentation related to Kaiser's work as the Director of Tacoma Public Library and as a leader in national, regional, and state library associations. Research files and related correspondence are also included in the papers, particularly on the topics of school librarians and the restoration of the name of Mount Tahoma. As Library Director during World War I and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, Kaiser's papers also intersect with these topics and their impact on libraries.

John Boynton Kaiser

William Trueblood Photographs

  • 1.5.2

Includes photographs taken by City of Tacoma photographer William Trueblood of city events.

William Trueblood

Prue Stuckey Photographs

  • 1.5.3

Includes photos taken by Prue Stuckey during his time as a photographer for the City of Tacoma and Tacoma Police Department.

Prue Stuckey

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

Citizen's Committee for Tacoma's Future Development Records

  • 1.7.2

Includes reports, correspondence, and other documentation related to the operations of the Citizen's Committee for Tacoma's Future Development and its various subcommittees.

Citizen's Committee for Tacoma's Future Development

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