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Finding Alaskan Governors' papers

The official papers of the Governor of Alaska are typically held by the Alaska State Archives. Additional records related to governors that are not considered part of the official records, including personal papers, campaign papers, and other materials may be retained by the Governor when he or she leaves office and may eventually be transferred to an archival repository. This is a list of the known collections of Alaskan Governors' papers held by archives. If you represent a repository that holds publicly accessible collections of papers related to these governors that are not listed below, please contact us to be added to the list.

Archival collections

In general, the Alaska State Archives holds the official records from the office of each governor. Holdings at other institutions may or may not have content related to the individual's time in office.

If an online guide to the collection is available, it is linked below. Otherwise the holding institution's main website or searchable catalog is linked.

John Henry Kinkead, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1884-1885

 

Alfred P. Swineford, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1885-1889

 

Lyman Enos Knapp, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1889-1893

 

James Sheakley, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1893-1897

 

John Green Brady, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1897-1906

 

Wilford Bacon Hoggatt, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1906-1909

 

Walter Eli Clark, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1909-1913

 

John Franklin Alexander Strong, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1913-1913

 

Thomas Riggs, Jr., Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1918-1921

 

Scott Cordelle Bone, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1921-1925

 

George Alexander Parks, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1925-1933

 

John Weir Troy, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1933-1939

 

Ernest Gruening, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1939-1953

 

B. Frank Heintzleman, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1953-1957

  • Alaska State Archives, RG101
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives, USUAF170
  • Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS275

 

Waino Edward Hendrickson, Acting Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1957

 

Mike Stepovich, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1957-1958

 

Waino Edward Hendrickson, Governor of the Territory of Alaska 1958-1959

 

William Allen Egan, Governor of Alaska 1959-1966

 

Walter J. Hickel, Governor of Alaska 1966-1969

 

Keith Harvey Miller, Governor of Alaska 1969-1970

 

William Allen Egan, Governor of Alaska 1970-1974

 

Jay Hammond, Governor of Alaska 1974-1982

 

Bill Sheffield, Governor of Alaska 1982-1986

 

Steve Cowper, Governor of Alaska 1986-1990

 

Walter J. Hickel, Governor of Alaska 1990-1994

 

Tony Knowles, Governor of Alaska 1994-2002

 

Frank Murkowski, Governor of Alaska 2002-2006

 

Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska 2006-2009

Sean Parnell, Governor of Alaska 2009-2014

Bill Walker, Governor of Alaska 2014-present