This guide contains collections of primary source material relating to railroads in Alaska, held by archives, libraries, and museums across the state. The guide is divided into pages for different railroads, including the Alaska Railroad, the Copper River and Northwestern Railway, and the White Pass and Yukon Railroad. This guide is not comprehensive and may not include every collection containing primary source material relating to railroads in Alaska.
Click on the linked collection names for more detailed collection descriptions. Not every collection has a detailed description online, and it may be necessary to contact the institution that owns a collection for more information.
Selected items related to railroads in Alaska from many of the institutions represented in this guide have been digitized and added to Alaska's Digital Archives. You can use the search box at the top right of the homepage to search for these materials.
If you represent an institution that holds primary source materials related to railroads in Alaska and would like to see them included in this guide, please contact the UAA/APU Consortium Library Archives and Special Collections.
This page includes collections pertaining to proposed railroads that were never built, as well as railroads that existed and operated in Alaska.
For more detailed collection descriptions, please visit StarArchives, the catalog for archival collections at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and search for the collections using the search box on the main page.
Jack L. Adams papers, 1901-1902. USUAFV5-155. Consists of 16 photographs and a letter from Adams to Ivar Skarland. The letter provides a narrative of Adams' experiences as a member of the Trans Alaska Railroad Company survey. The photographs document the experiences of Adam's party of workers. The project, to construct a railroad from Illiamna Bay to Nome, Alaska, was abandoned after a year.
Tanana Valley Railroad Maps. 1906. USUAFV6-209. Contains a reproduction of a 1906 map showing the "definite location of the Tanana Mines Railroad." It also contains 17 hand-drawn, colored detail sheets and 4 faint, penciled detail sheets of the Tanana Valley Railroad, drawn at an unknown date.
Yakutat and Southern Railroad Corporate Records, 1916-1967. USUAFV6-841. Microfiche #08 contains records of the Yakutat and Southern Railroad including articles of incorporation, by laws, minutes of special and annual meetings, oaths of trustees, and stock shares and proxies.