main photo

TCC Archive

Snow on campus, early 1970s. Photo from TCC Archive, Information and Publications photograph collection.

Just a twinkle in the architect’s eye… sketch of campus as it appeared in September 1965 for the first classes. From student newspaper, 1965.

Students with sculpture on campus, probably 1970s. Photo from TCC Archive, Information and Publications photograph collection.

Government of the Associated Students of TCC (what is now ASTCC) advocating against proposed budget cut for community colleges during 1968-1969 school year. Page from student publication The Cronus, 1969.

  • Tacoma Community College covered in snow. 1970s.
  • Drawing of Tacoma Community College campus in 1965.
  • Tacoma Community College students with a campus sculpture.
  • Budget activism at Tacoma Community College in 1969.Messages on rocks photo

Tacoma Community College Archive 

Discover your history…

See more from TCC’s history! Visit the Archive’s exhibits in Buildings 11, 15, and 20.

To support the College mission to create meaningful and relevant learning, inspire greater equity, and celebrate success in our lives and communities, the TCC Archive collects and preserves documentation of the College’s origins and development, teaching and learning, institutional culture, and community context.

The Collections- Whats in the Archive?
The archive holds administrative records such as board meeting minutes and course catalogues, as well as collections put together by departments or people. These collections include almost every issue of the Challenge, extensive photograph collections and, personal papers from faculty. In addition the archive holds oral histories of past faculty and staff, scrapbooks, student work, and sports memorabilia.

How to Search or Find Items in the Archive:

Archives are like ice bergs, there is a lot of material that is not visible at first glance. Not everything in an archive is available digitally and much like getting a book from the library, to see a document you will often need to come in person to use it.

If you are curious about what the archive holds, you can click here to browse Archive content in the library catalog. This is not everything the archive holds, but it can give you a rough idea.

You can view digitized content from the collections as well: Click here to browse.

If you have a specific topic such as "Past drama productions" or "Board minutes", you can search for it in the library catalog. Choose to search in Archive in the drop-down box at the top of the page, or use the link above.

Finally, if you have an assignment that needs specific archival materials, you can call or email me! Odette Allen, TCC Archivist. Email: or call 253.460.3990.

Online Resources For Students:
College Catalogs 1965-present (original print copies available in the Archive)
Trillium 2006-2009 (1975-2012 issues available in the Archive)
Una Voce 2006-2012 (2001-2012 issues available in the Archive) Oral History Guide for Students: How to do an oral history project

Online Resources For Faculty: Oral History Toolkit for College Instructors: Assigning oral history projects in the classroom.

For classroom use, possible assignment topics the archive can support:

  • Civil rights movement
  • Women's history
  • Writing and journalism
  • Economics, unions and strikes
  • College history and primary source documentation

If you are interested in using the archive for your course, send me a copy of your syllabus and I will tell you how the archive can provide materials or help develop assignments.

North side of the Library, Bldg. 7. Archive is across from F1.

Summer hours are on Monday and Wednesday from 11:30-5:50pm, or by appointment. Contact the archivist to schedule an appointment.

Odette Allen, College Archivist, at or 253.460.3990.

Please consider rating the content on this page:
Poor Outstanding
Your comments about the content on this page:

If you would like us to get back with you, please share your email address (optional):