This is the official site for the Alaska State Archives. None of the records kept at the Archives were created for the purpose of genealogical research. The Archives does hold many records that contain information on individuals. Some of the links below are for downloadable spreadsheets or digitized collections at Alaska’s Digital Archives and others are links to providers of the listed resource.

 

 

 

Birth Marriage and Death records #OnGenealogy

 Alaska Birth, Marriage, & Death Records

 

Wills & Probate Records

Probate Index (1883-1960) [spreadsheet]

 

 

 

 

 

Residence records census land migration voting taxation #OnGenealogy

Alaska Residence Records

Census

Vital Statistics (1816-1998) [spreadsheet]

 

 

 

 

Naturalization & Citizenship Records

Naturalization records (1888-1972) [spreadsheet]

 

 

Land Records

Alaska Railroad Commission Townsite lot sales volumes, 1915-1930

Matanuska – Sale of Lots – OS2786 [VILDA] 

Nenana, Number 1 – Sale of Lots – OS2784 [VILDA] 

Nenana, Number 2 – Sale of Lots – OS2785 [VILDA] 

Nenana – Lot Sale Register – OS2789 [VILDA] 

Seward – Sale of Lots – OS2787 [VILDA] 

Wasilla and Talkeetna – Sale of Lots – OS2788 [VILDA] 

 

Interviews conducted in 1981 regarding land selections by the State of Alaska, 1959-1976

 

 

 

Daily Life Records school work church court government library social life #OnGenealogy

Alaska Daily Life Records

 

Courts

Alaska Court System
Records Division
825 West 4th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-2004
907.264.0559

Skagway Court (Magistrate)
PO Box 495
Skagway, AK 99840-0495
907.983.2368

 

 

Ethnic Records

Indigenous Tribes

Sitka Tribe of Alaska & Sitka Historical Society – Sitka Tribe of Alaska Sitka Tribe of Alaska is the federally recognized government for more than 4000 Tribal Citizens who are primarily of Tlingit, Haida, Aleut and Tsimpsian Heritage in the Sheet’-Ká area which encompasses all of Baranof Island (Shee) and the southern and western half of Chicagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of Southeastern Alaska. Our mission is to involve our tribal youth and elders in our effort to increase our collection and the circulation of Sitka Tribal library resources within the tribal community while providing a comfortable atmosphere and an archive location for rare tribal documents, recordings and historical photographs.   Sitka Historical Museum The Sitka Historical Museum is a history museum in Sitka, Alaska with a focus on interpreting Sitka and Southeast Alaska’s history. Known as the only museum in Sitka that contains elements of all of Sitka’s history, the Sitka Historical Museum has exhibits, photographs, artifacts, and archives related to Sitka’s Tlingit, Russian, and American history, and particularly, the period surrounding and following Alaska’s 1867 transfer from Russia. The breadth of history interpreted makes the Museum a great first stop for travelers to orient themselves to Sitka.   The mission of the Sitka Historical Society is to preserve and promote the events, stories and artifacts of the human history of the Sitka area for the inspiration, education and benefit of the public and future generations.

 

Igiugig’s Past Remembered – The Village of Igiugig is located on Iliamna Lake where the Kvichak River begins its passage to Bristol Bay.  There are fewer than 100 people here and most are Alaska Natives. We have joined with Alaska’s Digital Archives to share glimpses of our past with our friends and family whether they are here in Igiugig, or living in Anchorage, Fairbanks or across the world.

 

 

 

Government Records

Legislature Committee Minutes Query – Alaska State Legislature House & Senate Committee Minutes are available from the State Legislatures link below. Audio recordings of Committee Minutes are available from 2005 to the present, 1993-2004 will be added shortly. 1972-1992 will be added in the future, however, no time table has yet been determined.

Alaska Constitutional Convention Recording: November 1955 – February 1956 – This digitized collection represents approximately 220 hours of all plenary sessions and most meetings of the Committee of the Whole during the Alaska Constitutional Convention held at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks from Nov. 8th, 1955 until Feb. 6th, 1956.

Bureau of Vital Statistics
Department of Health and Social Services
PO Box 110675
Juneau, AK 99811-0675
907.465.3391
fax 907.465.3618

Yukon Bureau of Vital Statistics
PO Box 2703
Whitehorse, YT, Canada Y1A 2C6
867.667.5207

Department of Natural Resources
Regional Recorder’s Offices
400 Willoughby Avenue
Juneau, AK 99801-1724
907.465.3425

Alaska Department of Education & Early Development

 

 

History

Skagway Klondike Gold Rush
National Historical Park
PO Box 517
Skagway, AK 99840
907.983.2921

 

 

Libraries, Museums, & Archives

Alaska State Library
PO Box 110571
Juneau, AK 99811-0571
907.465.2990
[email protected]

Alaska State Museums

NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) Seattle
6125 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington, 98115-7999
206.336.5115
[email protected]

Skagway “Trail of ’98” City Museum
Arctic Brotherhood Hall
PO Box 521
Skagway, AK 99840
907.983.2420

 

 

Manuscript Collections & Photographs

Alaska State Library – Document Collection

 

Alaska State Library-Historical Collections – Established in 1900, the Alaska Historical Collections (AS 14.56.080) in the Alaska State Library is a major repository for historical manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, books, and other publications, along with significant personal collections.   The Alaska Historical Collections preserves the first copy of any state publication.  It maintains the master microfilm copies of those Alaska newspapers (1866-present) not filmed commercially.  The materials are arranged, described, and cataloged according to national standards.  At-risk materials, such as glass plates, fragile documents, rare books and maps receive conservation treatment and archival housing.   The Alaska Historical Collections is open to the public.  

 

University of Alaska Anchorage – Archives and Special Collections at the UAA/APU Consortium Library collects, preserves, and makes available for research records that document Alaska’s past and present

 

University of Alaska Fairbanks – The University of Alaska Fairbanks’s Alaska and Polar Regions Collections contain one of the world’s largest collections of historic photographs, manuscripts, moving images, rare books, maps, oral histories, and printed materials pertaining to Alaska and the Polar regions. Spanning six centuries, the materials document a wide variety of topics including politics, religion, the Alaska Gold Rush, settlement, Alaska Native history and culture, and Arctic social, natural, and physical sciences.

 

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center – The Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Center is a world-class museum which seeks to preserve, exhibit and interpret the art and history of Alaska and the circumpolar North.

 

Alaska State Museums-Sheldon Jackson Museum-Sitka – Sheldon Jackson Museum was founded in 1888 to house an exceptional collection of Alaska Native ethnographic material, most of which had been gathered by Presbyterian missionary and General Agent of Education for Alaska, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon Jackson. In 1985, the state purchased the Sheldon Jackson Museum and now administers its collection of 6,000 objects. In 1972, the Museum’s unique building — the first concrete structure built in Alaska — was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Until it was sold to the state, the Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka operated this facility.   The Reverend Dr. Sheldon Jackson, in two separate items of correspondence, stated his philosophy for founding the museum which bears his name: “…to provide and have on hand for study by the students the best specimens of the old work of their ancestors” (1887); “… otherwise, in a few years there would be nothing left to show the coming generations of Natives how their fathers lived.” (1893). Although his references were to the students of the school he founded in Sitka (now Sheldon Jackson College), his intent has expanded to mean “student” in its broadest terms.   The Sheldon Jackson Museum and its collection were purchased by the State of Alaska to inspire human thought and artistic endeavor, to stimulate ethnographic research and to foster an awareness of, and an appreciation for, the enriching qualities of a multi-cultural existence.   Mission Statement The Alaska State Museums (a state educational agency comprised of the Alaska State Museum and the Sheldon Jackson Museum) identify, collect, preserve and exhibit Alaska’s material and natural history and provide public access to services and collections of the Museums. The Alaska State Museums interpret and disseminate knowledge of the history of the state, its people, and its resources, and support others in these efforts. The Museums also assist and advise in the growth, development, and excellence of other museums within Alaska.

 

Seward Community Library Association – In memory of the founder of Seward Community Library, Viola Swetmann, the mission of the Seward Community Library Association is to support and enhance literacy in its community, provide educational opportunities through scholarships and other programs, support library functions, and encourage community-wide involvement in cultural activities for all ages.

 

University of Alaska Museum of the North – The Museum’s 2.2 million natural and cultural history specimens represent millions of years of biological diversity and more than 11,000 years of cultural traditions in the North. These collections provide the foundation for the Museum’s research, education and exhibition programs.

 

Alaska State Archives –   The Alaska State Archives preserves more than 25,000 cubic feet of State, Territorial, and District records of Alaska. The bulk of the State Archives’ holdings are State government records (1959-present) that document the work of State agencies (Office of the Governor, Department of Fish & Game, Department of Natural Resources, etc.), as well as the Alaska State Legislature and Alaska Court System. The State Archives also holds select District and Territorial records (1884-1958), including the records of Alaska’s U.S. District Court and the Office of the District and Territorial Governors.

 

Sitka Tribe of Alaska & Sitka Historical Society – Sitka Tribe of Alaska Sitka Tribe of Alaska is the federally recognized government for more than 4000 Tribal Citizens who are primarily of Tlingit, Haida, Aleut and Tsimpsian Heritage in the Sheet’-Ká area which encompasses all of Baranof Island (Shee) and the southern and western half of Chicagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of Southeastern Alaska. Our mission is to involve our tribal youth and elders in our effort to increase our collection and the circulation of Sitka Tribal library resources within the tribal community while providing a comfortable atmosphere and an archive location for rare tribal documents, recordings and historical photographs.   Sitka Historical Museum The Sitka Historical Museum is a history museum in Sitka, Alaska with a focus on interpreting Sitka and Southeast Alaska’s history. Known as the only museum in Sitka that contains elements of all of Sitka’s history, the Sitka Historical Museum has exhibits, photographs, artifacts, and archives related to Sitka’s Tlingit, Russian, and American history, and particularly, the period surrounding and following Alaska’s 1867 transfer from Russia. The breadth of history interpreted makes the Museum a great first stop for travelers to orient themselves to Sitka.   The mission of the Sitka Historical Society is to preserve and promote the events, stories and artifacts of the human history of the Sitka area for the inspiration, education and benefit of the public and future generations.

 

Igiugig’s Past Remembered – The Village of Igiugig is located on Iliamna Lake where the Kvichak River begins its passage to Bristol Bay.  There are fewer than 100 people here and most are Alaska Natives. We have joined with Alaska’s Digital Archives to share glimpses of our past with our friends and family whether they are here in Igiugig, or living in Anchorage, Fairbanks or across the world.

 

Petersburg Public Library – The Petersburg Public Library is a small library serving the community of Petersburg, Alaska. Our mission is to connect community members to the world of ideas. This collection was created as part for the Many Voices, One Community project which was made possible with funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

 

Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS) – This collection of almost 600  photos was a joint project between ARLIS and University of Alaska Anchorage Archives staff, on behalf of Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). The emphasis is on ADF&G staff in action in the field and on-the-job, in pursuit of the management of Alaska’s fish and wildlife resources. Another focus is operational facilities, such as hatcheries, weirs, and refuges. Also included are many photographic portraits of ADF&G leaders and staff. Anyone with additional information about the images being depicted is welcome to contact [email protected]

 

Kodiak Historical Society – The Kodiak History Museum operates as a partnership between the Kodiak Historical Society and the City of Kodiak, working to preserve and share Kodiak’s history. Our mission is to facilitate exploration of the natural, cultural, and artistic heritage of Kodiak Island and surrounding communities to create opportunities for the public to discover, share, and exchange knowledge using the collections and resources made available through the operation of the Kodiak History Museum.

 

Museum of the Aleutians – Founded in 1997 through a partnership between the City of Unalaska, the Ounalashka Corporation, the Qawalangin Tribe, and the Aleut Corporation, the Museum of the Aleutians (MOTA) works to collect, preserve, and research the cultural history and prehistory of the Aleutian Islands region. Curating an actively growing Unangan, Russian-American, WWII, and local art collection, MOTA serves multicultural and multigenerational audiences both locally and internationally.

 

Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association – Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association AMIPA’s mission is: to collect, preserve, catalog and provide public access to Alaska’s sound and moving image material, and to encourage the ongoing documentation of Alaskans and Alaska events of historical importance; to provide knowledge and assistance to other archives, private collectors, producers, institutions, and the general public; to advocate on behalf of these materials; and to educate the public, government officials and civic leaders on the importance of preserving Alaska’s sound and moving image heritage.

 

 

Medical

Morningside Hospital History Project

 

 

Photographs

Alaska Digital Archives Photograph Collections – Alaska’s Digital Archives presents a wealth of historical photographs, albums, oral histories, moving images, maps, documents, physical objects, and other materials from archives, museums and libraries throughout our state.

 

Also see Manuscript Collections & Photographs listed above

 

 

Schools

Alaska School Records – where to contact

The State Archives holds a small amount of student transcripts, correspondence course grades, and student files from a few defunct schools listed directly below.

  • Covenant High School transcripts 1954-1985. Please refer to Covenant Youth of Alaska for transcripts 1986-to present, 907-222-1432;
  • Alyeska Central School transcripts 1960-2007;
  • Adak Region School District Student records, 1970-1996;
  • Alaska International Academy student files 1973-1974;
  • Correspondence courses taken from the University of Nebraska 1939-1954;
  • Lighthouse Community Christian School K-12 records, circa 1980-2009.

Records collected about schools by the Alaska Department of Education:

  • School district annual reports. Part B reports, 1918-1971
  • 7th and 8th grade reports 1918-1951

Access to personal information in these files is restricted under state and federal law (see FERPA). The Alaska State Archives is only able to provide copies of transcripts it has received to the student or eligible guardian as outlined by the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Military records Wars Veterans #OnGenealogy

Alaska Military Records

 

World War I Veterans (1913-1923) [spreadsheet]

 

Museum of the Aleutians – Founded in 1997 through a partnership between the City of Unalaska, the Ounalashka Corporation, the Qawalangin Tribe, and the Aleut Corporation, the Museum of the Aleutians (MOTA) works to collect, preserve, and research the cultural history and prehistory of the Aleutian Islands region. Curating an actively growing Unangan, Russian-American, WWII, and local art collection, MOTA serves multicultural and multigenerational audiences both locally and internationally.

 

 

 

 

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