The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives (APR) hold exceptional resources for the study of Alaska's history, politics, and culture, as well as significant international Polar research materials with an emphasis on the circumpolar north. APR serves a local, national, and international research community with 150,000 monograph and serial volumes, 11,000 rare books and maps, over 20,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, more than 1 million photographs, nearly 1 million feet of historical moving image footage, and close to 10,000 hours of oral history recordings. The department consists of ten units and special projects: Archives and Manuscripts, Oral History, Project Jukebox, Alaskana and Rare Books, the Alaska Film Archives, the Alaska & Polar Periodical Index, Alaska's Digital Archives, the Digital Photo Lab, the ANSCA project, the Rasmuson Translation Series project, and the Ted Stevens Papers Project.
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Most APR collections are accessed in the Research Room, located on the 2nd floor of the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library. These materials include archives, historical manuscripts, historical photographs, rare books and maps, oral histories, and archival films documenting life in Alaska from before the Russian period through the 21st century.
Find Alaska & Polar Regions materials:
- Library Catalog--for books, rare books & maps, oral histories, archival film, and most manuscript collections.
- Alaska & Polar Periodical Index--for periodical and newspaper articles.
- Alaska's Digital Archives--to view selected historical photographs, archival film, oral histories, rare maps, historical documents, and museum objects.
- StarArchives--for more detailed descriptions of manuscript and archival collections.
- Project Jukebox--for oral histories presented in a multimedia exhibit.
- Ted Stevens Papers Project
- Visit the Research Room (view hours) for more ways to find historical Alaska material.