Conveniently located in the new Fr. Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building (APK) in Juneau, the Research Center is a space to explore Alaska’s history through the collections of the Alaska State Archives and State Library Historical Collections. Though the collections are separate, the reference desk is staffed by both Archives and Historical Collections staff who can assist you with your research.
Monday – Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM
395 Whittier Street
2nd floor of the Fr. Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building (APK) in Juneau
The Alaska State Archives preserves more than 25,000 cubic feet of state and territorial records that document the work of state/territorial agencies, as well as the Legislature and Court System. These records include photographs, video and audio recordings, maps, and historical documents such as correspondence, proclamations, reports, legal records, and legislative materials which document the rich history of Alaska and its communities.
For those interested in genealogy, the State Archives holds birth, marriage, death, naturalization, and probate records for those living in Alaska from the District and Territorial eras.
The Historical Collections hold a wide variety of collections donated by the public which document the history of Alaska and its people. Explore manuscript collections of personal papers such as private diaries and correspondence of teachers, missionaries, gold seekers, pioneers, Alaska Natives, politicians, military personnel and others. Business records of mining companies, store keepers, and canneries hold a wealth of information on Alaskan development. Photograph collections hold more than 130,000 images spanning every aspect of Alaskan geography, history, and culture. Additional collections include over 50,000 publications, the most comprehensive collections of Alaskan newspapers available, maps, orals histories, and more. Topical displays and books help provide context. Learn about indigenous cultures statewide and especially Southeast Alaska, the impact of Russian and American colonialism, and other factors that have made Alaska the state it is today.