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Subsistence primary source collections

Subsistence primary source collections

This guide contains information about collections of primary source materials that relate to subsistence activities in Alaska, including hunting, fishing, gathering plants, and trapping. The state of Alaska defines subsistence  as "customary and traditional uses" of wild resources as part of the customs and traditions of many cultural groups in Alaska, including Aleut, Athabascan, Alutiiq, Euro-American, Haida, Inupiat, Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Yupik. The creators of the guide have followed this definition when selecting collections to include in the guide.

Information about collections related to commercial fishing and whaling around the state can be found in the Whaling and Fishing, fisheries, and canneries guides on this site.

If your institution holds primary source materials related to subsistence in Alaska that you would like featured in this guide, please contact


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