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Byrd Family Papers

  • 6.2.2
  • 1804 - 1934

Includes diaries, legal documents, photographs, and artifacts related to the Byrd family who arrived in the Puget Sound region from Illinois in 1853.

Byrd Family

J. W. Roberts Papers

  • 6.1.3
  • 1868-1914

Includes correspondence, journals, financial papers, legal papers, printed materials and ephemera, photos and maps. Correspondence consists of both personal and business-related letters (1873-1911). Journal entries provide twenty-two years worth of short accounts of daily farm life, and occasionally mention other early Steilacoom pioneers (1868-1912). Financial papers include tax receipts (1866-1930), handwritten and printed receipts (1861-1931), a checkbook (1861-1862), and small account books recording work, expenses, and brief journal entries (1862-1910). Legal documents include land contracts and descriptions, and court documents relating to the estate of J.W. Roberts (1911-1915). Printed materials and ephemera include a variety of items such as business cards, pamphlets, and menus (undated), and newspaper clippings (1895, 1913-1914). A small series of photos are mostly undated and unidentified. There are also two undated handwritten maps of the Spanaway area.

J. W. Roberts

Tacoma Daily News

  • 5.2.1
  • 1883 - 1885

Early Tacoma newspaper with local and regional news, editorials, and advertisements.

Tacoma Ministerial Alliance Records

  • 3.7.2
  • 1883-1912

Includes meeting minutes, correspondence, programs, governing documents, and other materials related to the operations of the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance.

Tacoma Ministerial Alliance

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

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

C. E. and Hattie King Photographs

  • 2.1.4
  • 1885

Includes 14 photographs of Tacoma taken c. 1886-1900 by C. E. and Hattie King of Commencement Bay, Northern Pacific railroad tracks, local schools, and members of the Puyallup and other area tribes.

C.E. and Hattie King

Royal Gove Papers

  • 6.1.2
  • 1888 - 1920

Includes pamphlets collected by Royal Gove during his public service career, with information about the activities of various clubs, businesses, city departments, and other organizations in Tacoma between 1890 and 1920. Also included are photos of family and friends, including a photo album showing prominent Tacoma residents William B. and Alice Blackwell, with interior views of the Blackwell House at 401 Broadway.

Royal Gove

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

Astoria Iron Works Records

  • 2.6.1
  • 1893-1927

Includes correspondence and financial records related to the operations of Astoria Iron Works.

Astoria Iron Works

Cow Butter Store Records

  • 2.3.5
  • 1894-1940

Includes business ledgers containing financial information, store inventories, and other information about the operations of the Cow Butter Store. These ledgers also contain a wide range of enclosed material including correspondence, newspaper clippings, writings, and ephemera.

Cow Butter Store

Mazama Bulletin

  • 5.3.54
  • 1896-2022

The Mazama Bulletin is published by Mazamas, a non-profit mountaineering organization that was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The Mazama Bulletin is published bi-monthly, and, in the past, has had a monthly and yearly edition as well. The bulletin publishes articles about hikes, classes, and climbs put on by Mazamas, issues surrounding conservation, responsible recreation, and outdoor education.

Honor L. Wilhelm Papers

  • 5.5.2
  • c. 1897-1910

Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, and writings by Honor L Wilhlem. Also included are business records related to "The Coast" magazine, edited by Wilhlem from 1900-1910, including subscription lists, advertising information, and financial records.

Honor L. Wilhelm

Children's Industrial Home Records

  • 4.3.2
  • 1900 - 2007

Includes a Register of Admitted and Dismissed Children, 1900-1944; Minutes of the Children's Industrial Home, 1927-1932; the official bylaws of the Woman's League; two scrapbooks and a small assortment of slides, 1952-2007.

Children's Industrial Home

The Coast Magazine Photographs

  • 5.5.3
  • c. 1900-1910

Includes photographs taken by editor Honor L Wilhelm and others submitted for inclusion in "The Coast" magazine.

Honor L. Wilhelm

The Coast Magazine

  • 5.5.1
  • 1902 - 1911

The Coast Magazine, also known as Wilhelm's Magazine The Coast and The Coast: An Illustrated Magazine of the West, features photographs, articles, editorials, and creative writing related to the Western United States. Published by Honor Wilhelm out of Seattle, the magazine primarily covered the Pacific Northwest including topics like mining, forestry, ships and shipping, and various small towns and cities across the region. Wilhelm wrote for the publication and solicited contributions from other writers and photographers.

Honor L. Wilhelm

Day's Tailor-D Clothing, Inc. Records

  • 2.9.1
  • c. 1902-1972

Includes photographs, newspaper clippings, event programs, correspondence, financial information, advertisements, and other materials related to the operations of Day’s Tailor-D Clothing, Inc.

Day's Tailor-D Clothing, Inc.

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.

The Forum

  • 5.2.15
  • 1907-1910

Branded as "Tacoma's Only Illustrated Weekly", The Forum was published every Saturday and featured local, regional and state news, political commentary, sports (primarily the Tacoma Tigers), legal notices and photographic profiles of regional figures. Office was located on 915 1/2 Commerce Street in Tacoma and Ella E. Ryan was the publisher and manager.

Holdings: Hard Copy 10/05/1907-12/24/1910 (Vol. 8-13), Microfilm July 17, 1903-Dec. 28, 1918.

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).

Women's Study Clubs Records

  • 3.7.1
  • c. 1910-1970

Includes event programs and schedules from local women's study clubs. The study clubs organized guest lectures and reading groups on a wide variety of topics including art, culture, language, and politics.

Alpha Study Club

Fern Hill School Parent Teacher Association Records

  • 4.3.6
  • 1911 - ?

Includes meeting minutes, a scrapbook, clippings files, and writings about the history of the Fern Hill School created by the Fern Hill School Parent Teacher Association.

Fern Hill Parent Teacher Association

World War I Poster Collection

  • 9.8
  • 1914-1918

Includes posters created and displayed during World War I issued by various federal and non-profit organizations including the US Food Administration, the Red Cross, the American Library Association and others. Also included are British, Canadian, and French posters.

Local and State Elections Subject Files

  • 8.5
  • 1914-2002

Includes mostly mailers, flyers, newspaper clippings, sample ballots and voter guides from various political races in and around Tacoma and Pierce County as well as election races for state and federal positions. Material related to bond measures, levies, initiatives, propositions and referendums are also present. Series marked c. 1980-c. 1995 contain material sorted by the politician's last name.

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.

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.

Japanese Americans in the Pacific Northwest Collection

  • 9.6
  • 1920 - 1982

Includes publications by the California Joint Immigration Committee of San Francisco, newspaper clippings, government orders, proclamations, and other papers relating to a campaign in the 1920s and 1930s to bar Japanese people from West Coast states, a locally organized campaign to stop Japanese individuals from owning farmland, and the relocation and incarceration of Japanese citizens during World War II.

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.

George M. Miller Papers

  • 3.2.2
  • c. 1926-1964

Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, legal documents, and photographs related to Miller's work as a longshoreman and union leader. Also included are bulletins, meeting minutes, constitutions, and agreements of the International Longshoreman's Association (ILA), International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Maritime Federation of the Pacific Coast, Tacoma Labor Relations Committee, and Puget Sound District Labor Committee.

George M. Miller

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