National Archives at Seattle

Alaska Records Digitization Project

Refer to Caption National Archives Identifier 297728
In order to make NARA's Alaska records more broadly available to the public, we are digitizing in-demand records from our Alaska field office that are now stored in Seattle.

The National Archives requested input from stakeholders and the public on those records that should be digitized first. In May and June of 2014, NARA received 47 comments and over 210 prioritization requests. After compiling feedback from the public, examining historical reference activity, and taking into consideration access and use restrictions, and preservation issues, we have now completed our digitization plans for 2015 and 2016.

Holdings Targeted for Digitization in 2015

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  • Patent Case Files (RG 49) - ca. 75 cubic feet
  • Probilof Islands Images – 135 glass plate negatives
  • Probilof Island Log Books – 39 boxes
  • Probilof Islands Photographs – 5 linear inches

Holdings Targeted for Digitization in 2016

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  • Indian Arts and Crafts Board – 18 archival boxes
  • Alaska Reindeer Service – 13 linear feet
  • Probilof Islands Program Material – 36 linear feet
  • Alaska Village Census 1946-71 – 1 linear foot – pending restriction review
  • Alaska Village Census 1966-68 – 1 linear foot – pending restriction review

Digitization Process

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In order support this digitization initiative, NARA has

  • hired new staff
  • purchased new scanning equipment

These digitization targets may shift depending on throughput and condition of the records.

In edition to the dedicated staff and equipment, NARA will also conduct series of public scanathons at our Seattle facility focused on digitizing Alaska records. We will publicize the scanathon schedule on this page and through our social media channels.

As Alaska records are entered into our National Archives Catalog, we will keep the public updated through our list of all Alaska records transferred from Anchorage to Seattle, adding links directly into their catalog entries. We will also keep the public informed of the newly-digitized records through our blog posts and notices.

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