Archives and Special Collections is open to the University community and the general public for research Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, unless otherwise noted on the main archives webpage. You do not need to notify us ahead of time to make an appointment. If you are unable to come during our regular hours, please contact us at least a week in advance of your intended visit and we may be able to accommodate you.
To find collections on your topic of interest, you can browse our Topic Guides, or search through our website. Collection guides, or finding aids, are available on our website for every accessible collection. You can keyword search our collection guides by using the search box at the top of every page. If a term is mentioned in the guide, it should appear in the results page.
If you need help finding what you are looking for, you can ask a question using the information on our contact page. We are here to provide support for your research and will suggest collections or parts of collections relevant to the subject of your research. If you are located outside of the Anchorage area and need to do extensive research within our collections, we are happy to suggest researchers for hire.
If you already know which collections you would like to use, that is great! Letting us know which collections and boxes you would like ahead of time can be helpful, but is not necessary, except when noted in the collection guide. All of our collections are stored on-site, and we do not pull collections for researchers ahead of time.
Archival material does not circulate and cannot be taken out of the Archives Research Room. Food, drink, and pens are also not allowed near the records. If you do not have a pencil, you are more than welcome to borrow one of ours. We also require bags and coats be stored in lockers in the Research Room, as well as any food or drink brought into the area. You can have cell phones, laptops, note paper, or anything else you need to conduct your research with you. We also allow researchers to take photographs of collection materials, except for those which have access and/or use restrictions. However, we do not allow researchers to bring their own scanners or scan materials themselves.