Using primary sources can be highly rewarding but requires a different skill set than using secondary source materials. The State Archives invites you to bring your class to the Research Center and will work with you to identify relevant materials students can examine that meet Alaska Content and Performance Standards for Government and Citizenship, History/Social Studies, Library/Information Literacy, and Cultural Standards.
Important: We require two weeks advance notice for class visits.
Set up a visit by filling out our online form.
Our facility is ADA compliant. Should you require additional assistance, please let us know. To add a museum tour to your visit contact the museum's Education Associate at (907) 465-1016.
Alaska History Day
Alaska History Day, led by the Alaska Humanities Forum, is the state affiliate for the yearlong Nation History Day contest. Students in grades 6-12 learn critical thinking, problem-solving skills, research and reading skills while building self-esteem and confidence using primary resources.
The theme for the 2020 National History Day contest is Breaking Barriers in History.
Teaching with Primary Sources
Primary sources are the evidence of history. Original records and artifacts created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred offer “unfiltered access to the record of artistic, social, scientific and political thought and achievement during the specific period under study, produced by people who lived during that period. Bringing young people into close contact with these unique, often profoundly personal, documents and objects can give them a very real sense of what it was like to be alive during a long-past era.”
Citing Primary and Secondary Sources
Alaska History Digital Resources
For more digital resources try the following websites, listed in alphabetical order:
- Alaska's Digital Archives
- Alaska State Museum, Online Exhibits
- Alaska State Library, Online Exhibits
- Alaska History Topics, SLED Statewide Library Electronic Doorway
- Alaska Film Archives, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
- Discover Alaska's History, Alaska Historical Society
- Project Jukebox, UAF Oral History Program
- Library of Congress Digital Collections
- National Archives Digital Collections
- UAA/APU Consortium Library, Primary Sources: Where to Find
- Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Educational Resources
- Alaska District History, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Alaska's History, Alaska Public Lands Information Centers
- Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area, Curriculum Resources
- United States History: Research Guide: Primary Sources, UC San Diego
- Alaska Native Knowledge Network, Curriculum Resources Available Online
- Library of Congress, Teachers
- National Archives DOCS Teach, the online tool for teaching with documents
- National Archives, Educator Resources
- National History Education Clearinghouse, Teaching Materials
- Sheldon Jackson Museum, Hands-On Learning Program
- Alaska State Museums, Teacher Resources
- Smithsonian's History Explorer, Lessons & Activities
Page last updated 06/01/2021