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Databases for Topic: Northwest & Local History
  • Pierce County Buildings Index (Tacoma Public Library)
    Topics: Northwest & Local History, Genealogy
    Description: This comprehensive source indexes home construction news in Tacoma newspapers from 1883 through 1941. Look under your address to see if your house received newspaper coverage during its construction. It will list the architect, contractor and building style for your address, if known. It will indicate if architectural plans for your house are known to exist. It indexes the Tacoma Public Library photograph collections for photographs of Tacoma homes. It may even reveal a murder, suicide, party, wedding or other "event" that took place in your house.The Pierce County Buildings Index also indexes over 200 books related to Tacoma architecture or history. Nearly 30,000 addresses are covered.
    ** Created by staff of the Tacoma Public Library.
  • Mountaineers Climbs 1912-1916: Magnificent views & vistas. (Tacoma Public Library)
    Topics: Northwest & Local History
    Description: Through the eyes of Mary Paschall, an avid Mountaineer, the group's 1912 summer challenge was to explore "the least known parks and glaciers" on the North side of Mount Rainier. This web site chronicles a series of adventures of the Mountaineers from 1912 to 1916 told int heir own words and photographs.
    ** Created by staff of the Tacoma Public Library.
  • Murray's People (Tacoma Public Library)
    Topics: Northwest & Local History, History, Literature
    Description: A collection of essays about the facinating people who explored, settled and developed Tacoma and the Puget Sound region. The stories were selected by librarian Garry Fuller Reese from more than 30 years of newspaper & magazine articles, books, radio broadcasts and other writings by the distinguished historian, author and educator Murray Morgan.
    ** Created by staff of the Tacoma Public Library.
  • Obituary Index (Tacoma Public Library)
    Topics: Northwest & Local History, Genealogy, Biography
    Description: An index listing when the obituaries of some 370,000 individuals appeared in local newspapers (microfilm of the original obituaries can be accessed at the downtown Main Library). This file is complete from 1984 to the present day. An additional 110,000 names (from 1930 to 1983) are also included in this index, but those years are by no means complete.
    ** Created by staff of the Tacoma Public Library.
  • The Photography Archive (Tacoma Public Library)
    Topics: Northwest & Local History, History, Photographs
    Description: 35,100 photographs of Tacoma, Pierce County and the Pacific Northwest from the 1920s to the 1950s searchable by keyword -- a treasure chest of riches for historians, researchers, students, designers, architects and anyone curious about our past
    ** Created by staff of the Tacoma Public Library.
  • Ships & Shipping (Tacoma Public Library)
    Topics: Northwest & Local History, History
    Description: A guide to more than 13000 ships which passed through the Port of Tacoma, with details on the names (and former names) of vessels, their builders, careers, and history
    FAQ/Helps: About the database, How to Search, etc.
    ** Created by staff of the Tacoma Public Library.
  • South Sound Photo Album (Tacoma Public Library)
    Topics: Northwest & Local History
    Description: Selected photographs from the extensive Library photo archives appear daily in the Soth Sound Photo Album feature in the News Tribune. This database brings together all the images that have appeared since 2001.
    ** Created by staff of the Tacoma Public Library.
  • Unsettling Events (Tacoma Public Library)
    Topics: Northwest & Local History
    Description: True-life tales which chillingly capture the dark side of our State's history.
    ** Created by staff of the Tacoma Public Library.
  • Washington Place Names (Tacoma Public Library)
    Topics: Northwest & Local History
    Description: Ever wonder how Sequim got its name, who named Spirit Lake, or why there's a town called Yelm? This unique resource, created and edited by Garry Fuller Reese, provides the who, what, when and why about thousands of place names throughout the state.
    FAQ/Helps: About the database, How to search, etc.
    ** Created by staff of the Tacoma Public Library.
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