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Geography and environmental studies archival collections

Archives & Special Collections has many archival collections that relate to Geography and Environmental Studies. In alphabetical order by creator. Follow the links to a more complete listing of the collection contents.

Subject Guides

1930s collections

1964 Alaska earthquake 

1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill


African American history in Alaska

Alaska before 1900

Alaska Constitutional Convention and statehood

Alaska Highway construction

Alaska Native collections

Alaska state legislators and legislation 

Alaskan leadership 

Anchorage charter commissions

Anchorage history 

Anchorage Winter Olympics bids



Archives in Alaska

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic research


Birding and bird conservation

Businesses, clubs, and organizations

Canol Pipeline 

Capital move 

Christianity in Alaska

Cold War era (1945-1992) 

Communications systems

Cooking and nutrition

Creative writing



Fine arts

Fishing, fisheries, and canneries

Fur Rendezvous

Fur trading, trapping, and farming

Gardening and botany

Geography and environmental studies

Geology related

Gold rush

Governors of Alaska

Greenspace collections

Hatcher Pass area 

Hope and Sunrise, Alaska 

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race


Jesse Lee Home

Journalism and broadcasting 



LGBT related collections

Mapping and surveying 

Matanuska Colony 

Medicine and health 

Miners and mining collections

Natural disasters

Non-English language collections


Performing arts

Permanent Fund Dividend

Petroleum and natural gas



Senior Citizen issues and advocacy

Seward, Alaska

Skiing and mountaineering


Student newspapers, Anchorage Community College and University of Alaska Anchorage

Tourism in Alaska

United States. Air Force

United States. Coast Guard 

Women’s organizations and women’s issues

World War II in Alaska 

Geography and Environmental Studies Collections

Follow the links to collection descriptions and inventories. You can keyword search all of our collection descriptions and inventories by using the search box available on each of the pages below.


Alaska Center for the Environment, Inc. records; 1971-1992.  HMC-0005.  Records of a conservation lobbying organization involved in monitoring environmental and conservation issues in Alaska including air pollution, toxic waste, mining, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, oil and gas development, and land use planning.

Alaska Pacific Consolidated Mining Co. Independence Mine records; circa 1930-1987. HMC-0023.  Records of the company that operated Independence Mine at Hatcher Pass, Alaska from 1937 until the mine buildings and lands were turned over to the state in 1980.

American Society for Public Administration, Southcentral Alaska Chapter symposium records; 1974.  HMC-0044.  Video recordings and other material from a 1974 symposium entitled “After the Land Use Commission, What?”, which discussed the need to establish a coordinated management system for watersheds, fish and game, recreation, and natural resources in Alaska between federal, state, and local government, and private landowners.

Anchorage Waterways Council records; 1979-1991.  HMC-0393.  Records of a nonprofit organization created to clean up polluted surface water including lakes and creeks within the Municipality of Anchorage.

Arctic Institute of North America, Alaska Chapter records; 1973-1979.  HMC-0061.  Records of the Alaska branch of a joint American-Canadian organization dedicated to developing northern lands with concern for the environment and the quality of life of northern people.

Robert M. August Rampart Canyon Dam project papers; 1964-1973.  HMC-0804.  Papers of a natural resources administrator who participated in an evaluation of the proposed Rampart Canyon Dam Project in Alaska.  The collection includes August’s  political and governmental history of the dam proposal and related reports, studies, correspondence, and news articles, as well as the four volume report on the project entitled, "Rampart Dam and the Economic Development of Alaska,” among other materials.

Neil Risser Bassett papers; 1940-1991.  HMC-0377.  Bassett worked for the Alaska Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), first as Chief of the Lands Branch (1967-1970) and later as Chief of the Branch of Lands and Minerals (1972-1985) in the Resources Division.  Contains material relating to Bassett’s work with the BLM and his role in mediating the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Brooks Range Trust records; 1972-1982.  HMC-0076.  Records of an organization created in 1971 to commemorate the life of mountaineer Hans van der Laan and to promote understanding and support for protecting the Brooks Range in Alaska. The trust worked toward the establishment of a national park in the Brooks Range and also gave money to other conservation organizations working on behalf of wild Alaska and Brooks Range protection.

Oliver T. Edwards papers; 1934-1940.  HMC-0105.  Papers of Alaska wildlife manager Oliver T. Edwards, who worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska in 1939 and 1940 charting bear migrations, taking a census of elk populations, and photographing mountain sheep and goats.. The collection includes reports on wildlife, fur farms, and fish, as well as photographs and 16mm motion picture film of Alaskan animals, plant life, marine mammals, and fish.

Greenpeace Alaska. Alaska Field Office newsletters and reports; 1980.  EPH-0009.  Includes copies of the newsletter "Sourceline" for October/November 1980; a report prepared by Greenpeace concerning oil drilling in the Beaufort Sea; a report on regulations to protect humpback whales in Glacier Bay National Monument; instructions for whale watching; and an information sheet on aerial wolf hunting.

David M. Hickok papers; 1923-1992.  HMC-0408.  Papers of an Alaska natural resources officer who served as natural resources planning officer for the Federal Field Committee for Development Planning in Alaska (1966-1970) and director of the Arctic Environmental Information and Data Center at University of Alaska (1972-1988), among many other positions.  The collection contains material on the d(2) clause (also known as “D-2”) in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which required the federal government to identify national interests lands in Alaska.

“Indivisible: stories of American communities” Alaskan fishing communities records; 1999-2001.  HMC-0507.  Interviews and photographs collected for a documentary by the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University in conjunction with the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography (CCP).  Includes interviews with fishers and those involved in related work in Kodiak, Spruce Bay Old Harbor, Yakutat, Fairbanks, Sitka, Unalaska, Homer, Anchorage, and Cordova.

KTOO-FM Radio Exxon Valdez oil spill public radio news coverage audiocassettes; 1989.  HMC-0369.  164 audiocassette recordings of news coverage of the 1989 oil spill by KSKA Anchorage, KCHU Valdez, KTOO Juneau, the Alaska Public Radio Network, and National Public Radio.

National Audubon Society, Alaska chapter regional office subject files; 1970-1981.  HMC-0185. Correspondence, speeches, press releases, legislation, reports, newspaper clippings, and other materials relating to clause d(2) (also known as “D-2”) in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which required the federal government to identify national interests lands in Alaska.

John R. “Jack” Roderick papers; 1900-2002.  HMC-0547.  Roderick was a writer, businessman, and lawyer who was involved with oil explorations in Alaska and served as Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska State Department of Natural Resources (1976-1978), Alaska State Energy Director, and member of the Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board (1984-1985).  The collection contains personal and professional papers concerning his research and writings on the history of oil resource development in Alaska.

Strandberg Mines, Inc. records; 1937-1967.  HMC-0359.  Records of the business operations of Strandberg and Sons Inc. and Strandberg Mines, Inc., who operated mining operations at Eureka, Folger, Prospect Creek, Bishop Creek, Candle, Bonanza Creek, Ruby, and various other places throughout Alaska until the early 1960s.


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