Permanent & Temporary Artifacts

The Society actively welcomes donations of items relating to Tacoma’s history. Of particular interest are items relating to manufacturing, early schools, and prominent persons of Tacoma.

Such items include but are not limited to artifacts, objects, paintings, photos, books, maps, documents, letters, and manuscripts. The Society follows guidelines set down in our Collections Policy when considering donations for inclusion in our permanent collection or for use in our educational programs.

All donated items should be accompanied by a Temporary Custody Form completed by the donor or the donor’s representative, giving Tacoma Historical Society permission to retain the item(s) during the accession process. Once the item is formally accepted, the donor will receive a Deed of Gift for his or her records.

An online version of our collections catalog will be added to this website pending funding availability for the project.

Collections Policy Icon: PDF

All items in the collection date primarily from 1841 to the present and must relate to an event, place, industry, or person significant to the historical development of Tacoma.

Temporary Custody Form Icon: PDF

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