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Pacific Northwest History: Tacoma History

Tacoma Public Library, Northwest Room

Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room

Digital images, information, and collections on the exploration, growth and development of Tacoma and the Puget Sound Region
More Services Offered by the Northwest Room

Tacoma Newspapers

There were a variety of newspapers in the early 20th century in Tacoma.  In addition, the News Tribune changed its title several times.  The list below gives you a list of those changes along with the appropriate dates so that you can more easily locate specific titles, especially those that might be referenced in a database such as the Tacoma Public Library's Building Index.

Some historic versions of Tacoma news are only available via microform.

Tacoma Oral Histories

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.

Japanese Language School Oral Histories

The Tacoma Japanese Language School Oral Histories is a selection of oral histories recorded by UW Tacoma faculty, Dr. Lisa Hoffman and  Dr. Mary Hanneman, about Nihongo Gakko, Tacoma’s Japanese Language School. The school was opened on May 21, 1912, by the Tacoma Japanese Association at 411 S 15th Street and was a source of community and education for the Japanese and Japanese American community until 1942, when it was closed due to the incarceration and internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans by the US Government.