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Research Tools: The Movement Towards Alaska Statehood

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

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The Movement Towards Alaska Statehood

The narrative of Alaska's movement towards statehood is a rich one, inhabited with compelling stories and a long line of colorful characters. Through their persistence to achieve statehood, they galvanized Alaskans, and ultimately the nation, to action.

The materials highlighted in this guide were created by the people who were directly involved. Examples include committee reports and notes from a Constitutional Convention delegate, or a television broadcast of a debate about the need for Alaskan statehood, correspondence of the Alaskan delegates to Congress, political cartoons depicting the Alaskan plight, and recorded interviews with those who played key roles in the struggle.

Please Note: This guide was originally created in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Alaska's admission into the Union. The Alaska & Polar Regions Collections (APR), with funding from the Alaska Humanities Forum, published a paper bibliography as an attempt to familiarize researchers with the primary resources available in our collections pertaining to the statehood movement. This research guide is currently being updated and do not reflect the entire scope of our collections at the current time.  

Selected Collections & Research Resources

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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