Alaska & Polar Regions Materials
Alaska Books and Periodicals
The Alaska and Polar Regions Collection & Archives contains scholarly books, travel literature, literary works, dissertations, professional journals, magazines, and microfilmed newspapers emphasizing Alaska and covering the circumpolar North and Antarctica. Books and Periodicals can be accessed through the Library Catalog. Special Projects include the Alaska and Polar Periodical Index.
Alaska Film Archives
The Alaska Film Archives holds more than 10,000 Alaska films and videos available for viewing and use by patrons and researchers. The collection contains both amateur and professional footage on film, videotape, and DVD, detailing many aspects of life in the North from 1925 on. Collections can be accessed through Alaska’s Digital Archives, the Library Catalog, the Alaska Film Archives YouTube Channel, and by appointment.
Alaska Native Language Archive
The Alaska Native Language Archive (ANLA) joined the department in 2013. ANLA collections include both published and unpublished materials. Original records include linguistic field notes and audio and video recordings. Published materials include books, reprints, copies of materials held in other archives and copies of Alaska Native Language Center publications. Materials can be accessed through the ANLA online database and by appointment.
Historical Manuscript Collections
The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives contains maps, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, business records, and other papers documenting the history of Alaska. Collections can be accessed through StarArchives, Alaska’s Digital Archives, the Library Catalog, and in our Research Room.
Additionally, APRCA houses the Anthropology and Historic Preservation, Cooperative Park Studies Unit (AHP CPSU) and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) 14(h)(1) Historical Places and Cemetery Sites Collection (informally “ANCSA Collection”). Access to this collection is by appointment only.
Historical Photograph Collections
The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives contains more than one million images from the 1870s to the present. Collections can be accessed through StarArchives, Alaska’s Digital Archives, the Library Catalog, and in our Research Room.
Oral History Program
The Oral History Program was established in 1981 to collect, preserve, and provide access to audio and video recordings that provide insight into Alaska's history and the people who have contributed to its heritage. The UAF Oral History Collection consists of over 11,200 recordings, most of which were donated by organizations and individual interviewers who collected them over the years. Collections can be accessed through the Library Catalog, Project Jukebox, and by appointment.
Rare Books and Maps
The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives contains over 5,000 Rare Book volumes on polar exploration and the settlement of Alaska from the 15th to the early 20th century, as well as Rare Maps from 16th-centry speculative cartography to the Gold Rush era. Rare Books and Maps can be accessed through the Library Catalog, Alaska’s Digital Archives, in the library on microfiche, and in the Research Room with special permission.
The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives is the repository for University of Alaska records, beginning in 1917. Collections can be accessed through StarArchives, Alaska’s Digital Archives, ScholarWorks, the Library Catalog, and in our Research Room.