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Ancient Order of Vikings, Ship Tacoma No. 1 Records

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:Records showing the activities of the Ancient Order of Vikings, a Norwegian fraternal club founded in Tacoma.
 
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Ada Woodruff Anderson Papers

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:Ada Woodruff Anderson was a well-known Pacific Northwest novelist who wrote the novels The Heart of Red Firs, Rim of the Desert, and Strain of White. This collection includes personal and family papers, as well as records from the photographic supply company she her husband, Oliver Phelps Anderson, ran together on Bainbridge Island.
 
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Aubrey F. Andrews Papers

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:Aubrey F. Andrews was a World War II veteran, librarian, and director of the Tacoma Public Library from 1946 to 1950. This collection contains personal papers including Andrews’ World War II diaries, and professional papers related to his work in Tacoma.
 
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Astoria Iron Works Records

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:This collection contains the business records of Astoria Iron Works, a prominent canning machinery company started in 1881 in Astoria, Oregon.
 
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Children's Industrial Home Records

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:Collection contains records from the Children's Industrial Home, a temporary home and service agency for children in Tacoma.
 
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Royal Gove Papers

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:Collection contains pamphlets and photos relating to the activities of Dr. Royal Gove, an early Tacoma physician and community leader.
 
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John Boynton Kaiser Papers

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:This collection contains professional and personal papers of John Boynton Kaiser (1887-1973) who was the director of the Tacoma Public Library from 1914 to 1924.
 
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Frederick W. Keator Papers

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:Frederick W. Keator was a bishop of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Olympia from 1902-1924. These papers relate especially to his work while president of the Tacoma Public Library board during World War One.
 
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Paul Meyers Railroads & Railroading Collection

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:Railroad-related material and ephemera with a special focus on the Great Northern Railway, collected by Tacoma railroad enthusiast Paul Meyers.
 
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National League for Woman’s Service Registration Forms for Pierce County

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:This collection consists of National League for Woman’s Service registration forms completed by Pierce County women who were applying to volunteer for homefront jobs during World War I.
 
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Northwest Historical Menu Collection

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:A collection of Pacific Northwest menus from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, collected by Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room staff.
 
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Orpheus Club of Tacoma Records

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:The Orpheus Club of Tacoma was a male chorus group founded in Tacoma in 1903. Collection materials include concert programs, photos, meeting minutes, scrapbooks and membership lists.
 
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J.W. Roberts Papers

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:J.W. Roberts was a farmer and early pioneer in Spanaway, Washington. His papers include correspondence, journals, financial papers, legal papers, printed materials and ephemera, photos, and maps.
 
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Bertha Snell Papers

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:Bertha Marguerite Denton Snell (1870-1957) was the first woman in Washington state to pass the bar, and a prominent lawyer in Tacoma in the early 20th century. This collection contains her personal and professional papers and includes records from the law firm she and her husband, Marshall Snell, ran together.
 
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Helen Stafford Papers

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:Helen Stafford was a long-time community and civil rights advocate in Tacoma. Materials include photos; pamphlets and directories for local and regional clubs and events; notes; numerous certificates and awards; newspaper clippings; and reports and publications by local agencies.
 
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Tacoma Centennial Committee Records

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:The Tacoma Centennial Committee was organized to plan and oversee all aspects of the city of Tacoma’s centennial celebration in 1969.
 
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Tacoma Land & Improvement Co. Records

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:Incorporated in 1873, the Tacoma Land & Improvement Co. was organized by the Northern Pacific Railroad to develop land in and around Tacoma, Washington. Materials in this collection are from the estate of Frederick Bilings who was president of the Northern Pacific Railroad from 1879 to 1881.
 
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Tacoma Lutheran Service Center Records

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:This collection contains records of the Tacoma Lutheran Service Center, a facility which offered services to armed forces personnel of all faiths until 1969.
 
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Erna Spannagel Tilley Papers

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:Erna Spannagel Tilley (1887-1982) was a dedicated supporter of the arts and theater development in Tacoma, Washington. This collection primarily contains materials relating to the founding and development of the Tacoma Drama League and the Tacoma Little Theater.
 
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Eldred Welch Papers

Repository:Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room, Special Collections & Archives
Summary:This collection contains letters received by Portland, Oregon resident Eldred Welch sent by family members living in and near Tacoma, Washington.

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