The LeMay Collections at Marymount are dedicated to preservation, education, exhibition, and community engagement through automobiles, memorabilia, fine arts and historical collections at the historic Marymount Military Academy.
History of the LeMay Collections:
From its roots as the original automotive collection of Harold & Nancy LeMay, started in the 1960′s, the LeMay Collections at Marymount is an expression of the continued growth of the LeMay Collections and a desire from the community to preserve the history and stories of the Collections for future generations to enjoy and learn from.
The LeMay Collections include over 1,500 vintage vehicles, a wide variety of Americana and memorabilia (dolls, toys, antiques, farm equipment, vintage radios, etc.), a Rodin Sculpture Garden and much more. Much of the Collections are hosted on the historic grounds of former Marymount Military Academy in Tacoma, WA.
Today, the LeMay Collections operate as a non-profit dedicated to preservation, education, exhibition and community engagement. Each year we proudly host the LeMay Annual Show, several benefit events dedicated to helping maintain the collections, as well as community events such as our free Trunk-or-Treat Halloween event.
The LeMay Collections at Marymount are open year round for guests to experience our tours, and are also available for private events.
About Harold & Nancy LeMay:
Harold E. LeMay was born in Yakima, WA on September 4, 1919, to Marie E. Couch LeMay and Joseph E. LeMay. He was the youngest of three children, with an older brother Emil (Buzz) LeMay and a sister, Virginia. He came to Tacoma with his mother when he was 18 months old; went to Rocky Ridge Grade School and graduated from Kapowsin High School. Harold then settled in Parkland, WA.
Always the entrepreneur and just out of high school, Harold became a partner in an automobile business in the Lincoln District of Tacoma. He began Victory Bus Routes shortly after World War II began, picking up shipyard emplyees and trasporting them to the shipyard. After enlisting in the Navy as a Seabee, but before he left for duty from 1944-46, he traded one of the trucks off of the Victory Bus Route and began his first garbage route. When Harold passed away in 2000 he had 475 employees and his company picked up garbage from the Pacific Ocean to the base of Mount Rainier, encompassing five counties.
Harold started collecting cars in the late 1960s and his collection grew to be the largest private collection of automobiles and trucks in the world.
Harold lived just past his 81st birthday passing away on November 4, 2000. The refuse company was sold in 2008 and the name "Harold E. LeMay Enterprises, Inc." was part of the sales package, preserving his name and legacy in the communities he served for so many years.
Nancy LeMay was born May 3, 1936 in Porter, WA. In the early 1960s, Nancy met Harold LeMay in Aberdeen and they were soon married in 1963, creating a blended family with their 8 children. In addition to raising their family, she and Harold found time to build amazing collections. While Harold considered his red 1934 Packard Sedan, acquired in 1952, to be his first true “collector car,” the “old-car bug” didn’t truly infect him until he bought a Ford Model T and joined a Tacoma club in the mid-1960s. What started as a hobby became a lifelong passion. Nancy and Harold’s collection included hundreds of cars, antiques, toys and other Americana – dolls, salt & pepper shakers, meat grinders and vintage cash registers and more. Nancy was beside Harold every step of the way – she even had a commercial driver’s license (CDL) endorsement, so she could drive the garbage trucks, commercial vehicles, or car haulers, if needed. Harold and Nancy started the Annual LeMay Car Show in the late 1970’s and she continues to host it to this day. By 1997, the LeMay family collection was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Largest Antique & Vintage Vehicle Collection” with more than 1,900 vehicles. Harold lived just past his 81st birthday, passing away in 2000. The LeMay family’s collections continue to grow and are maintained under Nancy’s direction with the help of many wonderful, hard-working volunteers.