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UAF students, staff, and faculty can now enter the library to pick out or to return their own materials, accessing the library by PolarExpress card.

Public library patrons can again place holds on our materials through the public library's catalog. Items can be picked up at the Noel Wien Library or the North Pole Branch.

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Alaska & Polar Regions Digital Collections & Exhibits

A Life of Service: The papers of Elmer E. Rasmuson

The papers of Elmer E. Rasmuson provide an unparalleled look at the early economic history of modern Alaska as well as a record of an influential pioneer family.

Alaska's Digital Archives

A wealth of historical photographs, albums, oral histories, moving images, maps, documents, physical objects, and other materials from libraries, museums and archives throughout our state.

Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives digital repository

Access select material from our film archives department, oral history department, rare maps & books department, and archives department.

Bradford Washburn Photograph Collection

This includes a geographical index to Washburn's photos, but does not contain photos. Some images are viewable on the APR Photo Gallery website.

International Map Collectors' Society : Symposium 2013

A Selection of Maps from the Rare Map Collection Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives Elmer E. Rasmuson Library University of Alaska Fairbanks. Curated by Katherine L. Arndt

Photographs of Alaska Women

Selection of documents is of indigenous and pioneer women of Alaska in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Project Jukebox

Project Jukebox is the digital branch of the Oral History Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. There are over 35 projects currently online that incorporate oral histories, film, photos and maps from all over Alaska.

Rare Maps (Meeting of Frontiers)

This selection of maps provides basic coverage of the mapping of Alaska, from the early voyages of discovery through the sale of Russian America to the United States and the gold rush.

The Most Memorable Scenes: Exploration Art from the Alaska and Polar Regions Rare Books

Memorable photos from the Alaska and Polar Regions archive collection.

Wenger Eskimo Database

Written literature about Inuit/Eskimo peoples. Contains nearly 200 titles—primarily books and journal articles. Only can be used with Internet Explorer.