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Russian Alaska primary sources

This guide contains primary sources related to Russian involvement in Alaska, including the Russian colonial period between 1741 and 1867, the sale of Alaska to the United States, and the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Russian Alaska

This guide lists primary sources related to Russian involvement in Alaska. It includes materials related to the period of exploration and settlement between 1741 and 1867, transfer of Alaska to the United States, and the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church. This guide is not comprehensive and is meant as a starting point for research on this topic. You may be able to find additional resources by searching the websites of the libraries, archives, and museums featured in this guide or reaching out to their staff.

Please note that much of the primary source material listed in this guide is written in Russian, and English translations may or may not be available.

If your institution holds collections related Russian involvement with Alaska and you would like us to add them to this guide, please reach out to us at uaa_archives@alaska.edu.

Credits

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [grant number LS-250194-OLS-21].