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Mapping and surveying archival collections

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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



Fairbanks, Alaska

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 

Homer, Alaska

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 


This topic guide is not a complete list of mapping and surveying collections in Archives and Special Collections. This list also does not include Anthropological or Archaeological collections in our holdings. To view the Anthropology collections topic guide, please click here.  

Follow the links below 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 page.

American Museum of Natural History. Alaska-Yukon Expedition photograph album; 1936.  HMC-0600.  The American Museum of Natural History sponsored an expedition to Alaska and the Yukon Territory to search for pre-Pleistocene vertebrate fossils. This collection consists of the photograph album from that expedition.

Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation records; 1935-1949. HMC-1174. The collection contains the records relating to the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation Matanuska Colony Project. The collection includes tract plats and surveying information. 

Raymond Burgess survey records; 1976-1992. HMC-1197. The collection contains 35 survey drawings on mylar depicting locations within and near Seward, Alaska. The survey drawings are based on a local coordinate system developed by Mr. Burgess.

Guide to the Bud Campbell papers; 1882-2009. HMC-1186. Professional papers of a surveyor from the Matanuska Susitna area.

Francis and Grace Cogswell papers; 1920-1957.  HMC-0744.  Francis Cogswell was a captain in the Navy. In 1935, Captain Cogswell commanded the U.S.S. Oglala, which assisted the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in charting the Aleutian Islands. The collection contains the photograph album of Captain Cogswell, which documents his service during the Aleutian Islands Survey Expedition of 1935.

Russ Dow papers; 1917-1992.  HMC-0396.  Russ Dow was an Alaskan heavy equipment operator and photographer. He first came to Alaska in 1933 as a member of the Harvard-Dartmouth expedition led by Henry Bradford Washburn, Jr. to map the mount Crillon area. While the majority collection contains records and photographs of Dow’s later life in Alaska, the collection does contain some photographs and materials relating to Bradford Washburn’s glacial and mountain climbing expeditions in the 1930s.

Fred Wildon Fickett papers; 1858-1989.  HMC-0108.  Fred Fickett was a soldier and member of the army exploratory expedition to the Alaska interior in 1885. While the collection consists primarily to Fickett’s life and activities from 1876-1890, the collection does contain records pertaining to his stay in Alaska and his participation in the exploratory expedition under Henry Allen in 1885.

Edwin F. Glenn papers; 1889-1917.  HMC-0116.  Edwin Glenn was a U.S. Army officer in charge of explorations in southcentral Alaska from 1898-1899. The collection contains Glenn’s journal, reports, and photographs of his Cook Inlet expedition.

Grace and John Vincent Hoeman papers; 1953-1971.  HMC-0887.  Grace and Vin Hoeman were Alaska mountaineers. Vin served as chairman of the Committee on Geographic Names for the Mountaineering Club of Alaska and did extensive research on climbing in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, as well as naming Alaska geography and submitted these names to the USGS.

A.G. Maddren photograph albums; 1906-1914.  HMC-0166-APU.  A. G. Maddren was a geologist and photographer with the United States Geological Survery (USGS), Maddren worked in Alaska for numerous USGS expeditions. The collection consists of photographs taken by Maddren during his expedition in Alaska.

George C. Martin diaries; 1904-1933.  HMC-1110.  George C. Martin was a petroleum geologist who worked for the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The collection contains Martin’s traveling diaries. Three of the diaries recount his prospecting trips to Homer, Seldovia, the Alaska peninsula, and Ugashik area.

National Geographic Society Katmai expeditions photographs; 1913-1919.  HMC-0186.  The National Geographic Society launched several scientific expeditions to Katmai to investigate Katmai and surrounding areas after Mt. Katmai erupted in 1912. The collection includes photographs taken by staff members of the expedition.

Jack O'Malley papers; 1935-1996. HMC-1185. Professional papers of a surveyor working primarily in the Matanuska Susitna area. These include survey field books, research files, and maps and plans. Surveys include the original Matanuska Valley Colony sites done with Anton Anderson, highways throughout southcentral Alaska, and various utility projects.

George R. Putnam papers; circa 1896-1898.  HMC-1126.  George Putnam worked for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. He served on Yukon Delta surveying expeditions in 1898-1899. The collection contains digitized photographs of Putnam’s surveying expeditions in Alaska.

Thomas Wilson papers; 1940-1994. HMC-1226. Thomas Wilson was a petroleum geologist and assisted with oil exploration and geological surveys in many areas of Alaska, including Cook Inlet, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and the North Slope. While the collection contains a variety of records relating to his work, the collection also includes survey maps. 


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