The University Archives contains the historically significant records of the University of Alaska in Fairbanks from its beginning as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines (1914-1935) to the present, including papers of the Statewide offices of the University of Alaska. These records date back to the school's founding in 1917 and document the growth and development of the university from a rural technical college to a leading research institution.The University Archives includes papers from past university presidents, records from programs as diverse as the Cooperative Extension Service and the UAF Theatre Department, and materials from prominent faculty and typical students. The university's documentary history exists in many forms: handwritten, typewritten, and published documents, still photographs, film, audio and video tapes, paintings and drawings, maps and architectural blueprints, and memorabilia. The archives also contains a growing collection of electronic records.
The collection supports research into the history of the University, higher education, student life, territorial and state politics, Alaska's economic development, biography and genealogy, arctic sciences, agriculture, the Interior's cultural life, and much more.
Highlights of the University Archives include:
- Board of Regents—minutes, reports (1917-2002)
- Office of the President—correspondence, reports, subject files (1921-2000)
- University Relations—photographs, publications (1973-1997)
- Alumni Association—minutes, financial reports, chapter files (1956-1991)
- Cooperative Extension Service—correspondence, newsletters, 4-H scrapbooks, photographs, videotapes (1932-1998)
- Chancellor's Office—correspondence, reports, subject files (1974-1997)
- Governance Office—minutes, actions, curriculum proposals, (1964-1997)
- Department of Athletics—photographs, clippings, histories, awards, (1949-1965)
- Institute of Arctic Biology—field notes, correspondence, publications (ca. 1960)
- UAF Theatre Arts—programs, scripts, costume sketches, photos (1950-2001)
University historical manuscript collections include:
- Otto Geist Papers (faculty, archaeologist, museum founder)—correspondence, writings, photos, field notes (1927-1963)
- Norman "Chip" Wagoner Papers (president, ASUA)—correspondence, speeches, reports, re: voter registration, student evaluation of faculty, aviation (1969-1972)
- Alaska Federation of Teachers (faculty union)—correspondence, newsletters, salary studies (ca. 1985)
- University Women's Association (social and civic club)—minutes, directories, newsletters (1949-1977)
Transferring University Records
See our Gifts & Donations page for more information about transferring University Records to the archives.