Additional Resources

Researching Anchorage’s History or Alaska History Topics

Researchers who want to explore Anchorage’s past—any aspect or sub-theme—or the broader field of Alaska history, are fortunate in having several excellent local collections: the Alaska Collection at Z.J. Loussac Library, Anchorage Public Library; the Consortium Library on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus; and the Atwood Resource Center at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. These libraries hold major Alaskana collections of books and other published works about Alaska and the Circumpolar North. These facilities offer research guides and other finding aids, on-line research tools, and dedicated staff who can provide research assistance to help you locate what you seek.

In addition, there are two local collections which hold a large quantity of primary sources--original documents, photographs, maps, and oral histories: the Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage; and the Atwood Resource Center, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. The 673rd Air Base Wing History Office, located on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, contains a smaller, less comprehensive, collection of records, photographs, and other related materials relating to Alaska’s military history from about 1920 to the present. In addition, the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA), located on the third floor of the Consortium Library, holds a large collection of Alaskan film, television, and recorded sound materials. The Alaska federal records formerly housed at the National Archives at Anchorage were transferred to the National Archives at Seattle, Seattle, Washington, in 2014. There are two local genealogy collections: Z.J. Loussac Library, Anchorage Public Library; and the Family History Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Outside of Anchorage, there are excellent collections of Alaskana (books and other printed works) and primary sources held at these libraries and archival repositories: Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Alaska Historical Collections, and Alaska State Archives, Juneau; Special Collections, Pacific Northwest Collection, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle; and at the National Archives at Seattle.


Major Repositories--Anchorage

Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA)  

Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS)

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center--Atwood Resource Center

Anchorage Public Library--Alaska Collection, Z.J. Loussac Library

Consortium Library—Archives & Special Collections University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson—3rd Wing History Office

Wells Fargo Heritage Museum


Major Repositories--Fairbanks

Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives

Alaska Film Archives

Oral History Program


Major Repositories--Juneau

State of Alaska, Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Alaska State Library—Alaska Historical Collections

Alaska State Archives

Alaska State Museums


Major Repositories--Seattle, Washington

National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives at Seattle. (National Archives at Anchorage – moved to Seattle, WA, in 2014)

University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections, Pacific Northwest Collection.


Genealogical Information

Anchorage Genealogical Society.

Anchorage Public Library—Genealogy Collection, Z.J. Loussac Library.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Anchorage, Alaska Family History Center.


Additional On-Line Research Tools & Databases

Alaska’s Digital Archives.

Alaska Historical Collections (Alaska State Library, Juneau). Collection Guides, Indexes, and Educational Resources

Alaska Historical Society. Local Historical Societies.

Alaska Library Directory, Alaska Library Association.

Alaska and Polar Periodical Index (University of Alaska Fairbanks).

Archives West.

Cook Inlet Historical Society (Anchorage). Legends & Legacies, Anchorage, 1910-1940.

Project Jukebox: Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program.

Statewide Library Electronic Doorway (SLED).