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Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day & The World Through Abby’s Eyes Exhibit! (March 8, 2-4pm, Tahoma Room)

The Collins Memorial Library exhibit, The World Through Abby’s Eyes, is about the nuanced life of women in the American West in the early twentieth century. The focal point of the exhibit is Tacoma resident Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943). Hill … Continue reading

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It’s back! The 12th Annual Puget Sound Book Artists Members’ Exhibition! (June 5 – July 27, 2023), Opening Reception June 7, 4:30-6:30pm, Collins Library

Remarks from the curatorial team and awards will be presented during the receptionat 5:30 pm. The Puget Sound Book Artists are pleased to announce the 12th Annual Members’ Exhibition. The exhibition will be on view at the Collins Memorial Library … Continue reading

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Behind the Archives Door: Costumes and Textiles, Tuesday, April 11, 3-4pm, Archives Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, Collins Library

Archivists Jane Connelly and Olivia Inglin will display and discuss University of Puget Sound’s unique costume collections, which include a vintage band uniform, 1920s bathing suits, and the costumes of Broadway star Carol Lawrence.  View these rarely-seen artifacts and learn … Continue reading

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Behind the Archives Door: Grit City Magazine, Tuesday, March 21, 3-4pm, Archives Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, Collins Library

According to its creators, Grit City Magazine “was founded on the notion that Tacoma has good stories to tell.”  Editor-in-Chief Sierra Hartman will be on-site to discuss journalism, publishing, and Tacoma’s rich history. Issues of Grit City will be available … Continue reading

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Behind the Archives Door: Medieval Manuscripts:  A conversation with private collector Matt Brehe, Wednesday, March 22, 12-2pm

Matt is a Seattle based private collector of manuscripts and incunabula. A member of the Book Club of Washington, an organization dedicated to the culture of the book, Matt will bring several treasures to share including a book of hours, … Continue reading

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Past Exhibits

The World Through Abby’s Eyes Exhibit (January 8, 2024 – April 30, 2024) Dreams (August 20 — November 17, 2023) Puget Sound Book Artists 12th Annual Members’ Exhibition (June 1 – July 31, 2023) Drawn to Tacoma: The illustrative art … Continue reading

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Behind the Archives Door: Valentine’s Day Open House! Tuesday, February 14, 1-3pm, Archives Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, Collins Library

Drop by the Archives & Special Collections between 1pm and 3pm for a special open house dedicated to love in its myriad forms.  Handle rare artifacts from our collections – including love letters, vintage valentines, and beautiful rare books – … Continue reading

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Exhibits in the Library

Current Exhibit: Scripts, Scribes, and Scribbles (On display until April 26, 2023) This exhibit is all about hand lettering including medieval manuscripts, hand written books, 19th century penmanship textbooks, pens and inkwells, examples of contemporary calligraphy, personal handwritten journals and letters, writing … Continue reading

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Now on Display! Scripts, Scribes, and Scribbles!

This exhibit is all about hand lettering including medieval manuscripts, hand written books, 19th century penmanship textbooks, pens and inkwells, examples of contemporary calligraphy, personal handwritten journals and letters, writing desks, a “doodle wall,” and much, much more!   Scripts, Scribes and Scribbles … Continue reading

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Changing the Conversation – Open Cases Event, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 12:00-1:30, Collins Library Room 118

Join exhibit curators Jane Carlin, MalPina Chan and Carletta Carrington Wilson, along with many of the local artists (Bonnie Thompson Norman, Amy Ryken, Paige Pettibon, Deborah Greenwood and Lucia Harrison) featured in the exhibit to have an up close and personal … Continue reading

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