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.

Probate Indexes

Naturalization Records

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

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

Military Service Records


Alaska’s Legislature passed a 1923 act* to compile a list of all Alaskans who served in the army, navy and marine corps during the Great War. The record included name, age, residence, place and date of entry, branch of service, service record, and date, place and type of discharge.

The Secretary of Alaska (Secretary of State) printed a list of all bona fide Territory residents who served April 6 1917–November 11 1918, and filed it for public inspection in the Territorial Auditor’s Office. In addition to information listed above, the Secretary’s register lists Alaskans who died while in the service of their country. An Alaska State Archives Employee transcribed the list to a spreadsheet, which is presented here in PDF format.

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

  • Service Personnel Information (PDF)
  • Number of service members by community (PDF)
  • Death Statistics (PDF)

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
Phone: 907.443.6630 | FAX: 907.443.7955

Page last updated 10/13/2016