National Archives at Seattle

Alaska Digitization Project

In order to make NARA’s holdings from the former Alaska Region more broadly available to the public, we are digitizing the most in-demand records.

The National Archives began this process by requesting input from stakeholders, including the public, on which records should be prioritized for digitization. In 2014, NARA combined this feedback with historical reference activity, access restrictions that prevent public release (including the existence of Personally Identifiable Information), and preservation concerns to create the first digitization priority list.

Beginning in 2017, the National Archives focused the list to the most popular records based on what records had been requested in 2015 and 2016. During this period, NARA also received specific input from the Alaska Department of Transportation, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Newly identified access restrictions also prevent NARA from digitizing some of the records from the original list. 

Digitization Process and Updates

Digitizing the records from the former Alaska region is a top priority of the National Archives. In order to maximize available resources in terms of staff and equipment, the records are being temporarily moved to the National Archives at College Park. Approximately 3,600 cubic feet of records will move in FY 2021 in three shipments:

  • Shipment 1 - Arrived at the National Archives at College Park on May 27, 2021
  • Shipment 2 - Arrived at the National Archives at College Park on June 25, 2021
  • Shipment 3 - Arrived at the National Archives at College Park on July 22, 2021


During the time the records are located in College Park, reference service may be interrupted. Due to COVID-19, no in-person research is currently available. However, every effort will be made to fulfill reference requests. Limited reference services for affected records will resume October 1, 2021, except for emergency requests (e.g., requests involving rights and interests, looming court dates, or significant congressional matters), which will be addressed as they are received. The records will be returned to the National Archives at Seattle for long-term storage and in-person access after digitization.

You may send reference inquiries regarding the affected records by email to seattle.archives@nara.gov or by postal mail to 6125 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98115-7999.  

Progress on the project can be tracked below, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available here.

As Alaska records are digitized and made available via the National Archives Catalog, we will update the list below with links to the scanned images. Where digitization is listed as upcoming, links go to the corresponding Catalog series description which provides background information on the records in that series. All series from the former Alaska Region can be viewed in the National Archives Catalog regardless of their digitization status.

In addition to NARA digitization, our partners at FamilySearch have also digitized over four hundred thousand pages from Alaska and made these available via their website.

 See the list of Alaska records digitized by FamilySearch

Recently Digitized 

Records of the Bureau of Land Management, 1685 – 2006 (RG 049)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 075)

National Park Service (RG 079)

Federal Highway Administration (RG 406)

Enhanced Discovery

NARA has added additional metadata to some high-interest records that cannot be systematically digitized. This additional metadata supports improved discovery of the material in the National Archives Catalog. A limited number of digital images  from these records may be added over time.   

Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 075)

Records of the Bureau of Public Roads, 1892 - 1972 (RG 030)

Upcoming

Office of the Secretary of the Interior (RG 048)

Bureau of Land Management (RG 049)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 075)

Naval Districts & Shore Establishments (RG 181)

Donated material from the Anchorage Museum that was transferred to the National Archives in 2010

Digitized in 2020

Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1793 - 1999 (RG 075)

Digitized in 2019

National Park Service (RG 079)

Digitized in 2018

Army Air Forces (RG 018)

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (RG 022)

U.S. Coast Guard (RG 026)

Weather Bureau (RG 027)

Bureau of Public Roads (RG 030)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 075)

Forest Service (RG 095)

Naval Districts & Shore Establishments (RG 181)

Federal Highway Administration (RG 406)

Digitized in 2017

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (RG 022)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 075)

Digitized in 2016

National Park Service (RG 079)

U.S. Geological Survey (RG 057)

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (RG 022)

Federal Aviation Administration (RG 237)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 075)

Indian Arts & Crafts Board (RG 435)

U.S. Geological Survey (RG 057)

Project Chariot Files, 1958-1963

Digitized in 2015 

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (RG 022)

U.S. Coast Guard (RG 026)

Army Corps of Engineers (RG 077)

Department of the Treasury (RG 056)

 

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