About the Alaska State Archives

Our History and Collection

The Alaska State Archives was established in 1970 and opened its doors to the public in 1972. The State Archives preserves permanently valuable government records that document Alaska's history and makes these records available to its clients in a secure, professional and responsible manner.

The following types of government records possess permanent archival value: legislation, governor speeches, major policy meeting minutes, annual reports, birth/death, naturalization, land plats, Supreme Court decisions, and attorney general opinions [not an exhaustive list]. State Archives’ records date from 1874 - present, with the majority of records created in the 20th century. The five major record groups necessary to service 85% of our research queries are: Alaska State Legislature, Alaska Court System, Office of the Governor, Department of Law, and Commissioners’ Offices. The Archives does not collect personal manuscript records.

Our Service

The State Archives serves both the citizens of Alaska and state agencies that create and administer public records. The Records & Information Management Service (RIMS) consults with state agencies to create records retention and disposition schedules for both permanent and temporary records. Staff administer two records center storage and service contracts for over 130,000 cubic feet of non-current state records.

If you are a state agency and records and information management assistance, please visit our Records & Information Management Service

If you require genealogical research assistance, please visit our Alaska Genealogy Guide.

Consult How to Find Alaska School Records for information regarding school records.

Archives and the Community

The Alaska State Archives offers insights into the history of Alaska through the myriad records located on its shelves. If you would like to discover a long lost relative, research an Alaskan business, delve into the history behind a legislative bill, or expand your understanding of a moment in Alaska's history, then the State Archives is a great place to start.

Page last updated 11/09/2016