The University of Alaska Fairbanks Rasmuson Library has historical and genealogical collections onsite and online dealing with the fur trade, First Nations peoples, maps, oral histories, photographs, and other genealogical sources.

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Alaska’s Digital Archives

Alaska & Polar Regions Collections Archives (APRCA)

  • Alaska Film Archives – more than 10,000 films/videos detailing life from 1910 on
  • Alaska Native Language – audio and video recordings, books & more
  • Historical Manuscript Collections – maps, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, business records, & more
  • Historical Photographs – 1870s to present
  • Oral History Program – more than 11,000 audio and video recordings
  • Alaska Rare Books and Maps – more than 5,000 rare volumes on polar exploration & the settlement of Alaska from the 15th to the early 20th century and maps from the 16th century forward
  • University of Alaska records – 1917 to present
  • Photographs of Alaska Women – indigenous and pioneer women of Alaska in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

Hubert Wenger Eskimo Database – basic search of written literature about Inuit/Eskimo peoples, nearly 200 titles—primarily books and journal articles—have been included in the database and are uniformly searchable with powerful text-retrieval software. Many historical photographs are available online. Only can be used with Internet Explorer.
University of Alaska Fairbanks Periodical IndexThe Alaska & Polar Regions Index cites articles in English about Alaska, northern Canada, northern Scandinavia, the Russian Far East, and Antarctica. It does not contain the text of those articles, but all are received by the UAF Rasmuson Library. More than 200,000 articles are covered, and most articles are not in any other index. Coverage is strong from the 1980s to 2016. There are articles from key periodicals such as “National Geographic” (1890 to 2012), “Alaska Life: the Territorial Magazine” (1938-1946), the UA student newspaper “Farthest North Collegian” (1923-1958), etc. Obituaries for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the Alaska Dispatch News, and the Juneau Empire are indexed through June 30, 2016. For obituaries after this date, digital versions exist through
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Alaska & Polar Regions Collections Archives (APRCA)

  • Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA)
  • Historical Places and Cemetery Sites Collections

Government Documents & Maps – The Government Documents and Maps section of the Library is one of about 1,200 federal Government Printing Office (GPO) depository collections in the United States.
DVD & Video Collection – more than 10,000 videotapes and DVDs



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