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 In 2014 NARA combined this feedback with historical reference activity, access restriction statuses (including the existence of personally identifiable information), and preservation concerns to create the first digitization priority list. This list has evolved through continuing feedback, including specific input from the Alaska Department of Transportation, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Some records that were initially intended for digitization were discovered to have access restrictions that make them currently ineligible for public release.   

Jump to our list of records digitized by the Alaska Digitization Project.

All series descriptions from the former Alaska Region regardless of digitization status.

Digitized records relating to Alaska held by various NARA units

Links to Alaska records digitized by our partners at FamilySearch.

Digitization Process and Updates

Digitizing the records from the former Alaska region is a top priority of the National Archives. In working towards this goal, the records are being temporarily moved to the National Archives at College Park. 

Records located at College Park for digitization will not be available in the research room; however, reference inquires are being handled by staff in Seattle and College Park although responses may be impacted during the prep and scanning process. The National Archives at Seattle will provide in-person reference service for the records that remain in Seattle.

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

As Alaska records are digitized and made available via the National Archives Catalog, we will update the following section with links to the scanned images. Where digitization is listed as upcoming, links go to the corresponding catalog series description.

The Alaska records are being digitized regardless of access issues. NARA is committed to protecting the personally identifiable information (PII) pertaining to living individuals in the records. Digitized records containing PII will not be made available in the National Archives Catalog until those records are reviewed and redacted. In the meantime, series marked Digitized but Restricted can be requested by contacting the National Archives at Seattle.

Digitized Records


Enhanced Discovery

NARA has added additional metadata to several high-interest records. This additional metadata supports improved discovery of the material in the National Archives Catalog. Digital images from these records may be added over time.



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