For Researchers

Special Notice: Between March 4—27, the Alaska State Archives Research Room will be closed and reference services curtailed so that staff can transfer and process approximately 10,000 boxes and court volumes from its 141 Willoughby Avenue facility into the new SLAM building.

Please contact me with any questions regarding pressing requests. Urgent research and reference requests will be processed by staff through the Historical Collections at the State Library. Non-urgent requests will be processed beginning March 31, 2015.

I would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

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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