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Pierce County Historical Documents
The Pierce County
Council funded the Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Program through
the 2008 annual budget appropriation of $200,000. The County Council
directed the County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission to make
recommendations on funding and monitoring projects and programs that receive
funding from the County’s one dollar portion of the five dollar per
instrument surcharge charged by the Auditor for each document recorded under
provisions of RCW 36.22.170 (1)(a).
One of the many
projects funded included a Countywide Historic Document Survey.
The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission
(Commission) consulted with Historical Research Associates, Inc. (HRA) to
conduct a countywide document survey and create a centralized database of
repositories with document holdings related to Pierce County.
The primary goal was to
catalogue significant historic documents and records in a variety of media,
including, but not limited to, photographs; commercial, public, government,
records; maps, surveys, and plats; birth and death records; scrapbooks;
magazine articles; notebooks; diaries; correspondence; family reminiscences;
recordings and transcripts; architectural drawings; and more. The
document survey was focused on unincorporated Pierce County and cities that
do not have historic preservation programs.