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SSI2-101: Musical History of Tacoma

Finding Local History Resources

Museums and historical societies are excellent places to find primary sources, when doing local history research. 

Tacoma Public Library

The Tacoma Public Library has a variety of local history & genealogy resources which can be searched online. Many are digitized, or you can view them in person by making an appointment with TPL's Northwest Room. 


Tacoma Historical Society

The Tacoma Historical Society is a volunteer-run non-profit organization that collects, documents and shares the unique history of the city.  Their focus is on history and artifacts related to Tacoma’s past from the period immediately preceding the location of the Delin Mill on Tacoma’s waterfront in 1852 up to the significant events of the present day. Visit their museum or browse their digital research collections for primary sources related to the musical history of Tacoma. offers the following suggestions for citing its work:

Citation of HistoryLink Content

Except for most People's History articles, articles are fully sourced, bylined, and dated to provide authoritative references for legal, journalistic, and scholastic use. Different stylebooks have different citation styles. For most purposes, we recommend using the following format to cite Formal name of the encyclopedia, “Name of the essay” (author’s name), link to encyclopedia (date accessed).

Example: Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History, "President Franklin Roosevelt tours the Olympic Peninsula on October 1, 1937" (by Kit Oldham), (accessed November 3, 2004).