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Alaska Records

Alaska Records Digitization Project

In order to make NARA's Alaska records more broadly available to the public, we are digitizing the most in-demand records.

The National Archives requested input from stakeholders and the public on those records that should be digitized first. In 2014, NARA combined this feedback with historical reference activity, access restrictions, and preservation issues to create a digitization list for 2015 and 2016.

For the 2017-2018 project list, the National Archives combined the public's initial input with a list of Alaska records requested in 2015 to 2016 and narrowed the list to the most popular records. NARA also received specific input from the Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This digitization list has shifted as we made the determination that access issues prevented us from digitizing some of the promised records. Work on various series was halted and on others began ahead of schedule. Additionally, new series were added based on interest.

National Archive Identifier 23853593

Digitization Process and Updates

National Archives Identifier 2629271

As Alaska records are entered into our National Archives Catalog, we will keep you updated through our list of Alaska records, adding links directly to their catalog entries. Links to some of our Alaska records are also available in our Docs Teach online tool

In addition to the work done by the Alaska Digitization Team, our partners at Family Search have also been busy digitizing records from Alaska. To date, they have captured 712,000 images. 

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) found so series will not be digitized

  • Patent Case Files (RG 49)

Digitization in 2015-2017: Completed

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

  • Endangered Species Delisting Files, 1975 - 2000 (National Archives Identifier: 5681090)
  • Endangered Species Listing Petition Files, 1994-1997 (National Archives Identifier: 5681094)
  • Pribilof Islands Glass Plate Negatives, 1913-1921 (National Archives Identifier: 2555605)
  • Wildlife Refuges Conservation Plans, 1993-1998 (National Archives Identifier: 4693288)

U.S. Coast Guard (RG 026)

  • Sketchbooks of John C. Cantwell, 1886 - 1893  (National Archives Identifier: 6120088)

Department of the Treasury (RG 056)

  • Pribilof Islands Photographs & Charts of Treasury Agent Abial P. Loud, 1885-1889 (National Archives Identifier: 2629271)

U.S. Geological Survey (RG 057)

  • Alaskan Aerial Survey Expedition Photographs, 1926-1979 (National Archives Identifier: 645089)
  • Project Chariot Files, 1958-1963 (National Archives Identifier: 642639)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 075)

  • Mount Edgecumbe Yearbooks, 1947-1983 (National Archives Identifier: 626793)
  • Pribilof Islands Logbooks, 1870-1961 (National Archives Identifier: 297024)
  • Village Census Rolls, 1935-1972 (National Archives Identifier: 628296) [Due to PII concerns, material from this series will be released 75 years from the date of the record.]

Army Corps of Engineers (RG 077)

  • 1964 Alaska Earthquake Photographs, 1964-1965 (National Archives Identifier: 24617752)

National Park Service (RG 079)

  • Alaska Task Force Photographs, 1972-1976 (National Archives Identifier: 2252773)

Federal Aviation Administration (RG 237)

  • Information Releases Relating to Unidentified Flying Object, 1986 (National Archives Identifier: 733667)

Indian Arts & Crafts Board (RG 435)*

  • Alaska Field Office Correspondence, 1935-1983 (National Archives Identifier: 605073)

 

Digitization in 2018: Completed

National Archives Identifier 2629271

Army Air Forces (RG 018)*

  • Aerial Photographs of Attu Island, 9/18/1942 - 9/28/1942 (National Archives Identifier: 4707527)

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

  • Correspondence Relating to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, 1957 - 1962 (National Archives Identifier: 1656099)
  • Endangered Species Recovery Plans, 1982-2008 (National Archives Identifier: 5681099)

U.S. Coast Guard (RG 026)

  • Nome Life-Saving Station Logbooks, 1902-1941 (National Archives Identifier: 297164)

Weather Bureau (RG 027)*

  • Meteorological Observation Reports, 1881-1924 (National Archives Identifier: 783087)

Bureau of Public Roads (RG 030)

  • Alaska Road Commission Directives Files, 1929 - 1957 (National Archives Identifier: 604740)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 075)

  • Alaska Village Census Rolls, 1966 – 1968 (National Archives Identifier: 2655229)
  • Reindeer Service: Administrative Correspondence, 1934 - 1953 (National Archives Identifier: 2791270)
  • Reindeer Service: Administrative Correspondence Relating to the Sale of Reindeer and Reindeer Products, 1940 (National Archives Identifier: 2794746)
  • Reindeer Service: Annual Reports of Reindeer Herds, 1908 - 1932 (National Archives Identifier: 2790811)
  • Reindeer Service: Correspondence of Lawrence J. Palmer, 1920 - 194  (National Archives Identifier: 2794621)
  • Reindeer Service: Correspondence Relating to Declarations of Ownership of Reindeer in Alaska, 1937 - 1941 (National Archives Identifier: 2794524)
  • Reindeer Service: Correspondence Relating to Reindeer Meat, 1937 - 1943 (National Archives Identifier: 2789137)
  • Reindeer Service: Correspondence Relating to Sales, 1934 - 1953 (National Archives Identifier: 2789161)
  • Reindeer Service: Financial Ledgers, 1915 – 1925 (National Archives Identifier: 2825034)
  • Reindeer Service: Historical Files, 1929 – 1948 (National Archives Identifier: 2790532)
  • Reindeer Service: Monthly Herd Reports, 1937 – 1968 (National Archives Identifier: 631118)
  • School Newspapers, 1960 – 1970 (National Archives Identifier: 1870939)

Forest Service (RG 095)

  • Region 10 Correspondence Relating to Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Activities, ca. 1937 - ca. 1942 (National Archives Identifier: 596832)

Naval Districts & Shore Establishments (RG 181)

  • Attu Station Logbooks, 1943 - 1945 (National Archives Identifier: 3054053)

Federal Highway Administration (RG 406)

  • Project Case Files [Boxes 186 – 232], 1919 – 1969  (National Archives Identifier: 606555)

Digitization in 2018: In Process

Office of the Secretary of the Interior (RG 048)

  • Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Case Files, 1975-1978 (National Archives Identifier: 605152)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 075)

  • Alaska Resupply Program Logbooks [North Star & Boxer], 1925-1960 (National Archives Identifier: 630954)
  • Reindeer Service: Correspondence Relating to Reindeer Herds in Alaska, 1911-1960 (National Archives Identifier: 631598)
  • Reindeer Service: Decimal Correspondence, 1901-1974 (National Archives Identifier: 628886)
  • Reindeer Service: Historical Files of the General Superintendent of the Alaska Reindeer Service, 1893-1922 (National Archives Identifier: 74859535)

National Park Service (RG 079)

  • Recreation Studies, 1974-1981 (National Archives Identifier: 3890883)

Naval Districts & Shore Establishments (RG 181)

  • Dutch Harbor Central Subject Files, 1946-1947 (National Archives Identifier: 1184727) [includes information about the 1942 Japanese attack on Dutch Harbor]

Federal Highway Administration (RG 406)

  • Project Case Files [Field Notebooks], 1919-1969 (National Archives Identifier: 606555)

Donated

  • Photographs Relating to Federal Aviation Facilities [Federal Aviation Administration], 1946 – 1972 (National Archives Identifier: 6087866)

Upcoming

Bureau of Public Roads (RG 030)

  • Alaska Road Commission Drawings, 1922-1958 (National Archives Identifier: 611518) [Due to the size of these drawings, they will not be digitized. A detailed inventory of the maps will be forthcoming.]

Bureau of Land Management (RG 049)

  • Weather Modification Project Files, 1969-1973 (National Archives Identifier: 4705557)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (RG 075)

  • Tlingit-Haida Tribal Enrollments, 1890-1976 (National Archives Identifier: 627502)
  • Village Census Rolls, 1946 - 1971 (National Archives Identifier: 2945552) [partial release]

Naval Districts & Shore Establishments (RG 181)

  • Alaska Sea Frontier Central Subject Files, 1945 (National Archives Identifier: 2548468)

 

*All records in this record group formerly held by the National Archives in Anchorage​ have been digitized. 

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