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City Council Meeting Minutes

  • OCC0001

Minutes from Tacoma City Council meetings. In addition to regular meetings, minutes from study sessions, budget meetings, and special meetings are also included.

Tacoma City Council

Franklin Pierce High School Ethnic Studies Interviews

  • CAC4001

Includes interviews conducted by Franklin Pierce High School students for an Ethnic Studies class with teacher Dan Call. Students interviewed family, friends, and other community members about race, racial identity, microaggressions, and discrimination. Interview transcripts created by students have been produced for some audio recordings.

Radio Tacoma Programs

  • CAC2003

Radio Tacoma (101.9) is an all-volunteer, low-power FM community radio station with a mission "to serve Tacoma and the surrounding area, providing the opportunity for participatory democracy as a venue for local voices, news, and talent that might otherwise not get heard." Their regular programming includes The Cannabis Corner, Climate Talk, and Grit City Stories.

Tacoma Community House Oral History Interviews

  • CAC2001

Tacoma Community House offers services to many immigrant and refugee populations in the Puget Sound area. These oral history interviews contribute to Tacoma’s current historical record and provide insight into the lives of underrepresented immigrant and refugee groups. These personal stories allow us to learn about their contexts, viewpoints and experiences.

Charles Carson Papers

  • CAC1002

Includes writings, photographs, flyers, and other information related to Charles Carson's work as a speaker, musician, and activist.

Charles Carson

Paul Jackson Digital Videos

  • CAC1001

Born digital videos created by Tacoma-based filmmaker Paul Jackson, PhD including documentaries, interviews, and recordings of regional meetings and events.

Paul Jackson

Community Event Collection

  • CAC0003

Includes videos, interviews, and other material gathered by the Community Archives Center at community events.

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

Map Collection

  • 9.9

Includes maps of the northwestern United States from various sources. Coverage is primarily focused on Washington, Pierce County, and Tacoma.

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 Writings and Publications

  • 9.7

Includes booklets, manuscripts, theses and dissertations, reports, and other writings about Washington State. Also included are writings about and by Washington authors.

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.

Cookbook Collection

  • 9.5

Includes local and regional cookbooks and recipes produced by community organizations, churches, and businesses.

Menu Collection

  • 9.4

Contains menus from area restaurants and local special events. Also included are several menus from ships.

Local Ephemera Collection

  • 9.3

Includes items created for a short term purpose that have been retained for their long term historical, informational, or research value. These include pamphlets and brochures, tickets, and event programs.

The North American Indian by Edward Curtis

  • 9.10

The Northwest Room’s set of The North American Indian consists of twenty individually bound books, each with an average of 250 pages and 75 images, and 20 accompanying portfolios, each with an average of 36 large image plates housed in each folding case.

Marjorie Jane Windus Autograph Collection

  • 6.3.2
  • 1945-1946

These copies of the 1945 and 1946 Esquire's Jazz Book, published by Smith & Durrell, Inc. were owned by Marjorie Jane Windus during her time she worked in the Chicago Illinois Blue Note Jazz Club, from the 1940s and early 1950s. These books include autographs and messages from many prominent and lesser-known jazz musicians and singers from that time.

Marjorie Jane Windus

George O. Swasey Scrapbooks

  • 6.3.1

Includes four scrapbooks compiled by George Swasey and family containing photographs, report cards, newspaper clippings, programs, tickets, and other ephemera. Also included are drawings by Swasey.

George O. Swasey

Anderson Family Papers

  • 6.2.3

Includes photographs, correspondence, writings, speeches, and scrapbooks created or collected by members of the Anderson family. Also included are correspondence and financial records related to the Anderson Supply Company.

Anderson Family

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