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.
The Alaska State Library Historical Collections contain collections dating from the period of Russian settlement and the purchase of Alaska by the U.S., as well as some later collections of research on the time period.
MS 4-33-8. This collection includes a description of public buildings at the post of Sitka, a map of the town and military post of Sitka, a letter describing the planting of the Observation Stone on the parade ground, and a list of returns of buildings of all kinds.
MS DOL. The collection includes six volumes from the Rezanov library, a collection of books presented by Court Chamberlain Nikolai Rezanov to the Russian colonists in Kodiak during the era of the Russian-America Company. These volumes are representative of the Russian influence in Alaska and provide a concrete tie with Alaska's past.
MS 116. Several items focus on Maksutov's work in Sitka. Included are the imperial order appointing Maksutov as assistant to the chief administrator of the Russian American colony and instructions from the Rossiisko Amerikanskaia Kompaniia on managing the colony.