Mayor William Baarsma Papers

Side 1 - Paul Miller Interview Side 2 - Al Miller and Paul Miller Interview Side 1 - Quasim Interview Side 2 - Vialle Interview A Dome of Our Own 1997 MLK Celebration, Deputy Mayor Baarsma Comments City Council Meeting, January 21, 1997 Puyallup Tribe of Indians. Community Center Ground breaking Ceremony Chinese coverage (in Mandarin) of the Tacoma delegation (led by Mayor Baarsma) visiting the City ...

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Mayor William Baarsma Papers


  • 1953-1964, 1991-2009 (Creation)


9 boxes and 1 oversize file
6.9 cubic feet

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Bill Baarsma was born in Tacoma in 1942. He attended Stadium High School and the University of Puget Sound (Class of 1964) where he studied political science. He obtained a master's degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he served as a clerk for Senator Henry M. Jackson and and was chosen for a coveted student assistantship with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (1). From 1968 to 2001, Baarsma taught political science, business management, and public administration at the University of Puget Sound. In 1991, he was elected to City Council and, in 2001, he became the 38th Mayor of the City of Tacoma. During his two terms as Mayor, Baarsma was involved in the development of the Click Network, the largest municipally owned telecommunications system in North America.

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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.

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The original order of boxes 1-4 established by Baarsma prior to transfer has been maintained. This includes four series, each arranged chronologically. Boxes 5 and 6 have been arranged by type and then chronologically.

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Boxes 1-4 gifted to the Northwest Room in 2014 by Bill Baarsma. Provenance and acquisition date of boxes 5 and 6 is unknown. Additional audiovisual material was transferred by Baarsma in 2023.

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Bill Baarsma

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