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Toby Room

  • 5.2.17
  • 2002-c. 2004

Tacoma bi-monthly then quarterly publication was a project of ArtRod and was “a group of artists and community members dedicated to promoting the arts and cultural life of Tacoma and the South Sound.” Toby Room’s editors/publishers were Jared Pappas-Kelley (Issues 1-2, 4-10), Sarah Keliher (1-2, 4-7) and Michael Lent (8-10). The magazine featured writings and interviews among established and emerging local and regional visual artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers.

Holdings: Vol. 1, Issues No. 1-2, 4-10

Dear Tacoma Project Collection

  • CAC0001
  • 2020 - 2021

Dear Tacoma was a cooperative project undertaken by the Tacoma Public Library's Northwest Room and Grit City Magazine to collect local stories about living during the COVID-19 pandemic. Launched in May 2020, the collection consists of documents such as audio recordings, emails, photographs, and other content submitted by the general public to the library.

Tacoma Public Library

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.

City Arts

  • 5.3.42
  • 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.

The Bicycle Paper

  • 5.3.26
  • 1972 - 2015

The Bicycle Paper was a newspaper published 7 times a year, monthly from April through September, and one winter issue, by Seattle Publishing. It varied throughout its run from being published anywhere from 7 to 10 times per year. It published articles focused on the sport of cycling, and included topics such as trends, equipment, championships, as well as local, national and global cycling events.

James R. Merritt Architectural Records

  • 2.2.1
  • 1970-2015

Includes project studies, project images, and drawings for architectural projects created by James R. Merritt and the various architectural firms he was associated with between 1970-2015.

James R. Merritt

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.

Jewish Transcript

  • 5.3.9
  • 2003-2014

The Jewish Transcript is a bi-weekly newspaper serving Washington State. It began publication in 1967, changed its name to JT news in 2004 and ended publication in 2014. Jewish Transcript covered community events and news, arts and entertainment and included commercial advertisements

Pacific Yachting

  • 5.3.41
  • 1997-2014

Pacific Yachting was a monthly magazine published by OP Media Group. It centered around yachting news mainly in Canada in British Columbia. There are self-submitted essays by readers, events occurring around the Pacific Northwest, and tips for where is best to sail in the area. Also included are reviews and recommendations for what boats and materials to purchase.

Holdings: 1997/06-2014/01

Civil Liberties

  • 5.3.40
  • 1987/03-Winter 2012

Civil Liberties is a newsletter published by the ACLU of Washington. It features current cases that the ACLU is working on as well as advice from legal experts. Along with current cases the ACLU is working on, the newsletter highlights people doing good work in the view of the ACLU. It also features advice columns and how to maintain civil liberties and rights in the United States and Washington.

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.

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


  • 5.3.39
  • 1974/02-03, 2004/04-2011/09-10

Channel is a monthly newsletter published by Associated Ministries. It is an interfaith newspaper in Pierce County that allows readers to submit works for publication. The newsletter markets itself as the only interfaith newsletter in Pierce County. The newsletter focuses on highlighting many different faiths, offering a calendar of religious days and observances. Additionally, the newsletter features news from varying faiths, as well as reader-submitted works from different faiths.

Washington Park Arboretum Foundation Newsletter

  • 5.3.30
  • 1985 - 2010

Newsletter for the Washington Park Arboretum, a public park in Seattle on the shores of Lake Washington, which is managed by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the City of Seattle. The monthly newsletter, which later changed to a bi-monthly in 2001 and then quarterly format in 2008, focused on Arboretum news, plant sales, fundraisers, calendars of events and gardening tips.

Holdings begin with the Washington Park Arboretum (1985-1987), continuing with the Washington Park Arboretum Newsletter (1987-1988) and Washington Park Arboretum Foundation Newsletter (1988-1995), and concluding with Ground Work (1995-1997, 2001-2010).

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.

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.

The Tacoma Facts

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

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."

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

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

Puget Sound Computer User

  • 5.3.37
  • 1989 - 2005

Puget Sound Computer User was a free monthly publication with its main goals to provide information regarding trends, tools, and guides to the computer world as well as offering articles on business technology, office automation, and computers. Each publication also included ads highlighting local businesses specializing in computer or tech related services.

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