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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.

Mission
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- What is 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, so you will often need to come in person to see an item.

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: oallen@tacomacc.edu 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.

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.

Donations and Transfers:

Do you have materials you think might benefit the archive? We are interested in reviewing any and all materials that pertain to the history of the school. The archive cannot accept everything that comes our way, but I am delighted by the chance to look.

Not sure if your materials are archive appropriate? It's my job to find out! Feel free to give me a call about anything you think might be relevant to documenting TCC's history. I am happy to answer your documentation questions.

Some common items we collect include: Photographs: digital and film, course materials, club materials showing club activities (meeting minutes, promotional artwork, event posters etc.), oral histories and student publications.

You can have a look at our Abbriviated Collection Policy here.

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

Hours
The archive is open on Mon/Weds/Fridays from 9am to 2pm. You can drop in, but if you have a specific question please contact me in advance so I can have the materials ready for you.

Odette Allen, College Archivist, at oallen@tacomacc.edu or 253.460.3990.

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