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Archives & Special Collections research guide

This guide provides information about doing research in the Consortium Library's Archives & Special Collections.

Contact us by email or phone

If you find a collection that you are interested in on our website, you can contact us by email or telephone using the contact us link on our website.

  • For more information about how to find descriptions of our collections on our website and use our finding aids, please visit the Using the archives website and How to use our finding aids sections of this guide.
  • Please take some time to look over the finding aid for the collection and select which folders seem to be most relevant to your research prior to contacting us.
  • We can look through the folders you select and let you know what kinds of documents they contain. If you are looking for something specific, we can try to find it for you.
  • Due to limited staffing, we are unable to do in-depth research in our collections, though there may be other options available if you need to do more intensive research than we can provide.

Virtual reference appointments

If you have contacted us about a collection, and you are interested in looking at the contents of specific folders, you may be able to set up a virtual appointment with us over Zoom.

  • The archivist will use the screen share function to show each document in a folder.
  • It is best to use a computer rather than a mobile device so that the documents are readable. Make sure that your internet connection is strong enough to support video.
  • Virtual appointments last for up to 1 hour and may not be suitable for more than a few folders of materials.

Duplication of materials

If after getting information about the folders you are interested in over email or during a virtual reference appointment, you decide you would like copies of the materials in the folders, we offer duplication services.

  • We require researchers requesting copies to sign our Reproduction and Use Statement, which outlines our duplication policies and provides the required citation for the collection.
  • We charge a reproduction fee, which varies depending on the type of material and copy being made. We may also charge a commercial use fee if you are planning to use the item for commercial purposes. Consult our fee schedule for more information.

Alaska's Digital Archives

A small amount of selected material from our collections is available on Alaska's Digital Archives.

  • Alaska's Digital Archives contains digital copies of archival material from archives, libraries, and museum from all over Alaska.
  • Most of the items in the Digital Archives are photographs, but it does include other types of material such as letters, diaries, reports, moving images, and audio recordings.
  • If you would like to use one of our items from the Digital Archives in your own work, please click the link at the bottom of the record to contact us

  • Please be sure to include the unique identifier for the item as shown below in your email.

Researchers for hire

If you are interested in looking at a large volume of material, we may be able to connect you with a local researcher for hire, who can conduct in-person research on your behalf and provide you with snapshots of the material.

Contact Us

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Staff Archives and Special Collections
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage AK 99508