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About: Books and Periodicals

Alaska Books & Periodicals

The Alaska Book and Periodical Collection includes scholarly and literary works, travel literature, dissertations, professional journals, magazines, and microfilmed newspapers emphasizing all aspects of life in Alaska and more generally covering the circumpolar North and Antarctica.



Search the Library Catalog to find Alaska books and periodicals.


Search the Alaska and Polar Periodical Index

  • The Alaska & Polar Regions Index cites articles in English about Alaska, northern Canada, northern Scandinavia, the Russian Far East, and Antarctica.
  • It does not contain the text.
  • More than 200,000 articles are indexed.
  • Coverage is strong from the 1980s to 2014.
  • There are articles from key periodicals such as "National Geographic" (1890 to 2012), "Alaska Life: the Territorial Magazine" (1938-1946), the UA student newspaper "Farthest North Collegian" (1923-1958), etc.
  • Obituaries from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the Alaska Dispatch News, and the Juneau Empire are indexed through June 30, 2016. For obituaries after this date, digital versions exist through

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More about the Alaska Books Collection

Besides materials in English, the collection includes works in Russian, German, French, Danish, and many other languages.

In addition to coverage of contemporary circumpolar issues, the collection's particular strengths include:

  • works by and about Alaska Native and circumpolar Native peoples; 
  • works on Arctic and Antarctic exploration by all nations; 
  • works on Russian expansion into Siberia and Alaska;
  • memoirs of life in Alaska, both commercially published and self-published; 
  • Alaskan cookbooks, both commercially published and "fundraisers" issued by community groups and organizations; 
  • the literature of Alaskan tourism; 
  • books about the North written for children.

Contact the Books & Periodicals Curator

Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
1732 Tanana Loop
PO Box 756800
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6800
Phone: 907-474-7481​​
Text: 907-341-4404​

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