This guide contains places to search for historical primary sources. Regardless of where you look, check whether the documents you find are truly primary sources. The Primary or Secondary? guide can help you decide.
You might find books and ebooks containing primary sources in QuickSearch. Be aware that you may have to sort through items that are ABOUT primary sources rather than containing the primary sources themselves.
This customized search in QuickSearch is limited to books and ebooks that are likely to contain primary sources. Simply add your term(s) to the search box near the top of the page and hit enter or click the magnifying glass icon.
Example: If you are looking for primary sources related to the Holocaust, add the word Holocaust to the search box.
Archives & Special Collections at the UAA/APU Consortium Library
To see what the Archives has, you may need to search these two ways.
Alaska has many archival organizations. If you are seeking support or assistance with your institution's archival holdings, you may want to start with the Alaska State Historical Records Advisory Board (ASHRAB).
Other archives in the state include:
Alaska and Polar Regions Collections
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association
Alaska State Archives
Alaska State Library Historical Collections
Alaska State Library
Anchorage Museum Library and Archives
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
NARA Pacific Alaska Region (moved to Seattle)
Sealaska Heritage Institute
Many Alaskan museums and libraries also hold archival materials. The best sources for locating those are through Museums Alaska or the Alaska Library Association.
Another resource to search for archival materials in Alaska, try searching the Directory of Archival and Manuscript Repositories in the Northwest. The directory is a compilation of information about heritage institutions in the five-state Northwest region, comprising Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Its purpose is to provide the researcher with information about the content of primary sources in these institutions.
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