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National Archives — Alaska Region


The National Archives — Alaska Region
654 West Third Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Telephone: (907) 271-2441
Fax: (907) 271-2442
Web site:

Hours   Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
First Saturday of each month: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays, Federal holidays, and all other Saturdays


In addition to selected national microfilm records, this branch includes original regional records from Alaska. This branch of the National Archives holds more than 9,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1780's to the present. The original records include photographs, maps, and architectural drawings relating to regional history, and include subjects such as forestry, Native American history, land and resource management, weather, shipping, and transportation. Among their national records on microfilm are U.S. census records for all states from 1790-1920, excluding 1890; census records indexes for 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920; various military service records; various passenger arrival lists; Native American records; Freedmen's Bureau records; and naturalization records.

Access to Records

On Site

Researchers who plan to use the original records on-site should schedule visits in advance. All researchers using original records need to get a researcher ID card. Records may be photocopied unless the condition of the document prohibits it. Researchers who plan to use the microfilm records can do so in the self-service microfilm reader room. No appointment is necessary but there is a time limit for use of the readers when other researchers are waiting. Self-service microfilm to paper copies are available.

Through the Mail

The National Archives staff will not do genealogical research for you. However, they can look up and copy a particular record if you have detailed information about that record. Costs are usually less than $10. If you are looking for a specific type of record, call or write to find out what information is required before the staff will initiate a search.

Literature Available

A number of important pamphlets are available through the Archives. You may consider ordering the following pamphlets to help you in your search:

  • National Archives — Alaska Region
  • Microfilm Publications in the National Archives — Alaska Region
  • Guide to Records in the National Archives — Alaska Region
  • Select List of Publications of the National Archives and Records Administration
  • Ordering Reproductions from the National Archives
  • Military Service Records in the National Archives of the United States
  • Using Records in the National Archives for Genealogical Research
  • Using Census Records
  • The National Archives Microfilm Rental Program
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