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Washington, My Home

"Official Song of the State of Washington". Words and Music by Helen Davis. Arrangement: Stuart Churchill. Copyright assigned to the state of Washington.

Tacoma, We're Proud of You

Printed on cover: "Official Jubilee Song Dedicated to Uncle Sam's Boys". Words and Music by Edward Benedict: Organist Rialto Theatre. Part of the Northwest Peace Jubilee June 30th - July 7th, 1919. 2 copies

The Olympic Suite

Printed on cover: "For the Purpose of Idealizing Northwest Scenery". Composed by Jas. Hamilton Howe, Mus.B Op. 50 for Pianoforte, Voice and Orchestra. Illustrated with Half-tones of Washington Scenery. Published by Dragon Publishing Co., Seattle. Copyright 1922.

Old Settler

Written by the Honorable Francis Henry. Dedicated to the pioneers of Puget Sound. Illustrated by Maj. W. H. Bell, U. S. Army.

Sheet Music Collection

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A collection of sheet music that has to do with Tacoma, the Puget Sound region or Washington State that ranges from the 19th century to the late 20th century.


Written by Jerry Wilson. Copyright 1985 by Jerry Wilson, P.O. Box 4072, Bremerton, Washington, 98312. Re-copyright in 1988 for the 1989 Washington State Centennial.

Tacoma the Rose of the West

Printed on cover: "As sung by a thousand voices at dedication of Tacoma's great Stadium." Words by Carolyn Shaw Rice. Music by Ophelia Baker Opie. Published by C.S. Rice, Tacoma, Washington. Copyright 1910 by C.S. Rice.

Seattle Calling You

Words by William Shallcross. Music by Ada E. Nielsen. "Century 21 Seattle Fair - 1962". Published by Nielsen & Shallcross, 1405 Hancock St., Bellevue, Nebraska. Copyright 1962 by Shallcross and Nielsen.

The Rainy Day Song Book

"Traditional and Contemporary Songs of the Northwest Collected and Edited by Linda Allen". Published by the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham, Washington, 98225. Printed in Bellingham, Washington by Fairhaven Communications. Copyright 1978 by the Whatcom Museum of History and Art.

Northwest Composers Series, Vol. 1

Music book for "High Voice and Piano". A "Companion Anthology to the 2-disc Album 'Northwest Composers 1 FMR 1004". Published by Florence Mesler Recordings. Copyright 1973, Florence Mesler Recordings, Seattle, Washington.

Meet Me at Seattle

Written on cover: Copyright Applied for 1907. Written on first page: "The Alaskan-Yukon March Song". Words by Mrs. Mary Cleopatra Robinson. Music by Laura B. Cameron. Copyright 1908 by Robinson.

Loyal and True

Written by Edmond S. Meany and Reginald de Koven Op. 205. Written on the first page: "University Song (Washington, Beloved)", "Copyright 1918 by the John Church Co. Assigned 1930 to Theodore Presser".

An Ivar Book of Ballads From Puget Sound

By Ivar Haglund and George Frederick McKay. Printed on cover: "... Being Mostly a Collection of Fanciful Fables About Fish Well Salted in Song and Story". Songs include "Run, Clam, Run!", "All Hail to the Halibut," "The Scallop Song" and "Puget Sound". Copyright 1953, Haglund. Includes pages on Ivar Haglund's history and how the songs were written.

In Sunny Spokane

Words and Music By The Hogans. Compliements of Carr's. Copyright 1911, J.B. Hogan. Has full-page advertisement for Carr's on the back.

Hail Washington

Says "State Song" on the cover. Words and Music by Rose Cole Boettiger. Published by Boettiger, 4026 Ashworth Ave., Seattle, Washington. Copyright 1926, Boettiger.


Undated photograph of the Matrons Club. The woman seated front left is Helen Beck Stafford, one of the founders of the group. Dr. Stafford moved to Tacoma in 1926 to marry Wendell P. Stafford on New Years Eve. Even though she had taught for a few years in Kansas schools, Tacoma school personnel directors refused to hire a black teacher. She stayed at home and cared for her husband and daughter. She and several other women who stayed home to rear their children would get together for a social outlet. In 1927, they formally organized the Matrons Club. The women who attended the meetings often brought their children along and the children would play together. (TNT 2/22/1982- NWR clipping file) (photograph by Liberal Engraving Co., 907 1/2 Commerce)


ca. 1946. One of the functions of the United Service Organizations (USO) was to create a welcoming atmosphere for servicemen and women away from home, especially during the holidays. From the look of the guests' hats and leis, the social event in this undated photograph was held during the holidays in the main hall of the USO #2, 713-15 Commerce St. The military was still segregated during World War II, so USO #2 was provided for the entertainment of African American soldiers.


Volunteers of USO No. 2 shown in this undated World War II era photograph include community activist Helen Stafford, second from right. USO No. 2 opened at 713 Commerce Street in September 1942 to serve Tacoma's African American servicemen and closed in March 1947. This location also served servicemen during World War I as the Army-Navy Club. TPL-5977

Tacoma Public Library Records

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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

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