Collection Guides

Overview of Alaska State Archives Collections

The State Archives preserves more than 30,000 cubic feet of state and territorial records. The bulk of the State Archives’ holdings are state records (1959—present) that document the work of State agencies (Office of the Governor, Department of Fish & Game, Department of Natural Resources, etc.), as well as the Alaska State Legislature and State Court System. The State Archives also holds select territorial records (1867—1959), with the largest holdings consisting of Territorial Court records, Governors’ correspondence, and land records from the Recorders Office.

Listed below you will find a selection of collection guides to the holdings of the Alaska State Archives. PDF files are often viewable within your browser or can be downloaded to open within a PDF viewer, such as Adobe Reader.

Vital Statistics Records Online

1.1 million documents have been scanned by FamilySearch.org in partnership with the Alaska State Archives to make records available to the public. These records include birth, marriage, death, and probate records going back to the mid-1800s, a milestone resource for Alaskan genealogy research. An index of names connected to birth, marriage, and death records is available below, which links to online documents.

Probate Indexes

Naturalization Records

  • Guide to Naturalization Records (PDF)
  • Naturalization Records (PDF)

WWI Military Service Records

In 1923 Alaska’s Territorial Legislature passed an act* to compile a list of all Alaskans who served in the army, navy and marine corps during the World War I. Within a few years the Secretary of Alaska had a master register created that listed residents of the Alaska Territory who served between April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918 and filed it for public inspection in the Territorial Auditor’s Office. This register also lists Alaskans who died while in the service of their country. This register is cataloged as AS 34124 at the Alaska State Archives.

A transcription of this register was created by the Alaska State Archives to assist researchers. Information is available via the below links.

* May 2, 1923; Laws of Alaska 1933 Chapter 54, Section 3207, page 112; Title 1, Chapter 72: Session of Laws of Alaska 1923.

Historical Sites

  • Guide to the Historical Sites Files (PDF)

Records of Alaska Natives in Religious Archives

Territorial Lobbyists and Clients 1937—1953

Alaskan Corporation Index

  • Corporations: A (PDF)
  • Corporations: B—D (PDF)
  • Corporations: E—H (PDF)
  • Corporations: I—J (PDF)
  • Corporations: K—P (PDF)
  • Corporations: Q—S (PDF)
  • Corporations: T—Z (PDF)

Thomas Murton—His Alaskan Connections

Historical Information on the Youth & Adult Authority (1960–1968) and the early State of Alaska penal system. (PDF)

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Slides Index

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Litigation Records Appraisal and Processing Project

Nome Recorder's Volumes

Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum

Nome Recorder’s Office volumes on loan with the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum

In 2005 the Alaska State Archives and the City of Nome entered into an agreement whereby 1,084 volumes of State of Alaska Recorder volumes were placed on loan with the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum. The following spreadsheet is a comprehensive list of those volumes currently held in Nome.

Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum
223 Front Street
P.O. Box 53
Nome, AK 99762
E-Mail: museum@nomealaska.org
Phone: 907.443.6630 | FAX: 907.443.7955

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