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Research Tools: Alaska Community Research Resources

A Guide to Primary Resources in the Alaska & Polar Regions Collections, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Researching Alaskan Communities

The purpose of this guide is to offer an overview of historical community specific resources, as well as a brief overview of how to undertake community specific research. This is not a comprehensive list of all community resources held at the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, but is a place to get started in your research. 

Selected Research Resources related to Communities in Alaska

Searching for resources based on a location is different from search form a person or a topic area. Here's a few trips and tricks to get you started on your research!

  • Try searching by place name in our library catalog or archives catalog. Remember that place names change over time, so searching by both older and new names is always a good idea. 
  • In library catalog records look for the phrase "Geographic Term" and click on those links. That will pull together any items that have that geographic term attached to them. 

Digitized Photographs

Photograph Collections by Geographic Region

State-Wide Photograph Collections

Newspaper Indexes

Digitized Newspapers with Full-Text

Telephone books and city directories, as well as city maps can be a treasure trove of information about a local community. Often these resources are only available in print and require searching through the library catalog. 

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