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Tacoma Community College founding documents collection

Identifier: TCCA-001

Scope and Contents

Documents, reports and pamphlets relating to the founding of Tacoma Community College.


  • 1961-1967

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on these materials.

Conditions Governing Use

Use is governed by TCC's Creative Commons Copyright policy requiring attribution and share-alike intentions.

Historical Note

Tacoma Community College founding timeline: 1959 - Tacoma Public School District Superintendent Angelo Guiadrone begins planning for a community college in Tacoma. 1961 - The Washington State Legislature passes Senate Bill 296, which creates conditions under which a community college can finally be established in Pierce County. The school district almost immediately applies to the state to create a new community college after the bill's passing. The application is not approved but instead a Pierce County Advisory Committee on Community Colleges is formed to begin planning three colleges for the county. 1962 - Voters approve bond funds for a Tacoma community college. Later that year, the school district secures the Sunset Park site from the Metropolitan Park District. 1963 - The school district forms a new Advisory Committee from community stakeholders and submits a new application. The state authorizes a community college for Tacoma on July 9, 1963, but requires an opening delay to 1965. 1964 - Voters approve a levy for construction funds (after two failed votes). Tacoma architect Lyle Swedberg is hired to design the campus. Dean of Instruction John Terrey begins faculty recruitment and designs the college's instructional program. 1965 - Tacoma Community College opens on September 13, 1965, with classes beginning September 27.

Source: Dale Coleman, The Open Door: A History of Tacoma Community College. Retrieved from:


0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)

Language of Materials



Documents detailing the legal and bureaucratic processes of founding Tacoma Community College.


Arranged chronologically by publication date. Please note that this collection has been renumbered from RG-01 to TCCA-001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Some materials transferred in 2012. No further information available.


No accruals anticipated.

Related Materials

The Challenge and its predecessor titles began publishing as soon as TCC's doors opened and documents the early days of the college.

RG.08 Information and Publications: Department Files includes documents related to TCC's founding and the community college movement.

The TCC Archives Special Collections Library also contains cataloged publications relating to the early days of the college, including second copies of some materials found in this archival collection: - Data Supplementing an Application for a Community College in Tacoma, LD 6501 T33 D3 - Design for Excellence: Washington State Community College System Master Plan, LB 2328 S7 vols. 1-3 - Accreditation reports, LD 6501 T33

Separated Materials

Materials that were previously processed into this collection but had also been cataloged for the library have been separated out of the archival collection and added to the TCC Archives Special Collections Library: - Data Supplementing an Application for a Community College in Tacoma, LD 6501 T33 D3 - Design for Excellence: Washington State Community College System Master Plan, LB 2328 S7 vols. 1-3

Guide to the Tacoma Community College Founding Documents Collection
Finding aid prepared by Tacoma Community College Archive
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Finding aid created 7/2015; revised by A. Demeter, 7/2023.

Repository Details

Part of the Tacoma Community College Archives Repository

6501 S 19th St
Tacoma WA 98466 USA