For Researchers

Special Notice: Until further notice, the Alaska State Archives Research Room is closed. The collection vault of the new Statewide Library, Archives & Museum (SLAM) facility has been completed and all of our holdings have been moved in. However, the vault still resides within an active construction zone that is currently owned by the construction contractor. Due to construction activities, including legal and permit requirements, we cannot transfer materials in or out of the vault at this time. Normalized access to the vault is scheduled for October. Reference inquiries with a narrow scope can be accomplished in some cases out of the collection vault. You may contact us if you have any plans to visit the State Archives. Reference queries may be directed to:

Chris Hieb | | 907/465-2245

I would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you.

Dean Dawson State Archivist

Conducting Research at the Alaska State Archives

Researchers can access records held by the State Archives by contacting and visiting the State Archives facility in Juneau. Researchers are encouraged to contact State Archives staff by email at or submit a Research Inquiry Form prior to arrival. The State Archives provides a research center with workstations where clients can study and make photocopies of collection materials. The State Archives is located at 141 Willoughby Avenue in Juneau and is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm, excluding on State holidays.

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.

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Collection Guides

Territorial Governors letterpress books 1884-1919

Historical Sites

Alaskan Corporation Index, Alphabetically

Probate Index

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Slides Index

Naturalization Records

For Genealogy Researchers

Military Service Records

  • WWI
    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 pd format.

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


Alaska State Legislature House & Senate Committee Minutes are available from the State Legislatures link below. Audio recordings of Committee Minutes are available from 2005 to the present, 1993-2004 will be added shortly. 1972-1992 will be added in the future however no time table has yet been determined.
The Alaska State Legislature Committee Minutes Query

Other Research Material

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