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THIST 430 Introduction to Public History - Nicoletta: Getting Started

Tacoma Local History

UW Tacoma Library Local History Collection
The UW Tacoma Library has a small collection of local history books on a wide variety of subjects. They may help you explore ideas for a topic for your project and/or provide background information that will assist your research.  The box at the right gives you a few examples of the types of titles available for you to browse or read in the library (the books themselves cannot be checked out).

Tacoma Community History Projects

Since 1991, students enrolled in Dr. Michael Honey's  “Doing Community History” class have been collecting oral histories of local residents and gathering historical research in Community History Projects.

Interviews are transcribed and edited for user accessibility, and the original audio interview is often included. The projects are Library Use Only.

Accessing the collection

  • If you identify a community history project that you would like to use or have questions about using the Tacoma Community History Projects, please contact Suzanne Klinger or Justin Wadland.

Examples of local history books

The following selection of local histories may help you determine a topic for your project and/or provide background information that will assist your research.