The Alaska State Library hosts several historical collections for Alaska and the Yukon Territory including historic newspapers, biographies of pioneers, and Alaska genealogy guides.


Alaska Sportsman/Alaska Magazine: “End of the Trail” obituaries

  • “End of the Trail” is a column in Alaska Sportsman/Alaska magazine noting deaths of prominent/important Alaskans. The header of the column is: “Notices in this column, because of space, are limited to names of those who have achieved pioneer status through many years in the North, or who are otherwise of unquestioned importance in the daily scene. We cannot print all death notices, and answering submissions of death notices is likewise impossible. In calling deaths to our attention, please give name, place of death, age, any unusual or interesting aspects of the person’s life and immediate next of kin surviving. Other details are not required.”
  • A-Z spreadsheet
  • By last name (PDF breakdown by letter):


Alaska Newspaper Indexes, some births, marriages, deaths


Alaskan Genealogy Guides


Books about Alaska that are no longer published


Alaska’s Digital Newspaper Program

    1. Juneau
    2. Douglas City
    3. Sitka
    4. Skagway
    5. Valdez
    6. Iditarod
    7. Cordova
    8. Seward
    9. Fairbanks
    10. Nome
      • The Nome Nugget, 1901-1906
      • The Nome Daily Nugget, 1906-1918
      • The Nome Tri-Weekly Nugget, 1918-1919
      • The Nome Nugget, 1919-1922


Alaska Gold Rush Pioneers of the Juneau-Douglas Area, 1880-1921


Chronology of Juneau and Douglas Newspapers


Vinokouroff Diaries


Alaska’s Digital Archives

  • A searchable archive of photographs and other primary source documents, principally covering the Alaskan Territorial period, 1867 to 1959. An ongoing collaborative effort of the Alaska State Library, UAA, and UAF.


Alaska’s Gold

  • Primary source materials from Alaska’s Gold Rush enhanced with questions, suggested activities and a teacher’s resources packet. Includes diaries, newspapers, maps, photographs, government documents, and more.


Alaska’s Gold Lode – Located within Alaska’s Gold

  • This is a larger selection of documents related to the Alaska’s Gold project themes. It is a virtual archives/library consisting of documents and materials associated with the Klondike and Alaska gold rushes selected from the Alaska State Library’s Alaska Historical Collections, the Alaska State Archives, and the Alaska State Museum.


Eight Stars of Gold

  • The story of Alaska’s flag


Gold Rush Centennial Photographs, 1893 – 1916

  • Celebrates Alaska’s Gold Rush Centennial (1994-2004) by providing a sampling of the photographs from 1893-1916.



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