2020 Back Issues

Single back issues of Alaskan History Magazine for 2020 are available for $10.00 each postpaid (U.S. only). The independently produced magazine carries no advertising in its 48 page, 8.5” x 11” full-color format. Descriptions are below, select the issue or issues you’d like to order and payment can be made via PayPal or with any credit card from the publisher, Northern Light Media. See below for ordering via postal mail. Print subscriptions are not available at this time.


J:F 2020 CoverLARGEThe January-February, 2020 issue of Alaskan History Magazine features a look at the history of Chilkoot Pass and the ages-old trail which crossed it, a vital trade route for the coastal Tlingit Indians, and an access route for prospectors, scientists, military expeditions, explorers and adventurers.

Other articles in this issue include a look at the great Davidson Ditch, a 90-mile aqueduct which channeled water from the Chatanika River over hills and across valleys to the rich gold diggings north of Fairbanks; and the famous writer, Ella Rhodes Higginson, who wrote Alaska, The Great Country, published in 1908.

Also in this issue, the historic meeting of the Tanana Chiefs in 1915, “one of the first times that Native voices were part of the official record.” And the author of the beloved children’s book Baldy of Nome, Esther Birdsall Darling, who was also a high society lady from a wealthy California family. This issue concludes with an article about the great Bard of the Yukon, Robert Service, who penned the immortal lines of favorite northern ballads such as The Spell of the Yukon, The Shooting of Dan McGrew, and The Cremation of Sam McGee.

Also in this issue: Governors of Alaska 1867-1959, antique maps of Alaska, and classic books on Alaskan history, both old and new!


March-April 2020 Cover 600The March-April, 2020 issue of Alaskan History Magazine features stories and photographs of the earliest settlers at Valdez, and the famous Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs of southeastern Alaska and Sitka for the Department of the Army provide a fascinating look at the area barely six months after the transferral ceremony of the land purchased from Russia by the U.S. government. Another article explores the contentious disagreement over the geographic boundaries between the southeastern part of the territory of Alaska and the province of British Columbia, whose foreign affairs were still under British authority. 

Dr. Gary Stein shares letters penned in 1894 by physician James Taylor White, who wrote them to his mother while serving as surgeon aboard the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear, under Captain Michael A. Healy. Dr. White described the journey, the land, and the people, and shared his personal opinions about what he saw on his Arctic travels. 

Dr. Thomas Eley writes of the adventurous Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly, an Indian scout from the Old West whose wide travels in Alaska helped write our state’s history. The founding and settling of the gold rush town of Valdez, and the 1,000 mile sled dog journey of Taku Lodge owner Mary Joyce, from Juneau to Fairbanks in the winter of 1936, round out this issue! 


May-June 2020 cover The May-June 2020 issue of Alaskan History Magazine features article is about the 1935 government social experiment known as the Matanuska Colony Project, which brought 200 farm families to Palmer.

Also included in this issue is a unique historic look at the 1918 influenza epidemic from the Alaskan legislature; the pioneering packhorse trip of the English journalist E. J. Glave and the cowboy trailblazer Jack Dalton, from the coast near Haines to the upper reaches of Kluane Lake.

The story of Stephen Birch, founder of the Kennecott Copper Company, and the infamous Alaska Syndicate is told; along with the wide-ranging travels of Archdeacon Hudson Stuck, who ministered via dog team and riverboat across the northern reaches of the Alaska territory, and the history of an unusual stone storehouse built in 1896 in Hyder, on the border of Alaska and Canada, and additional regular columns make this another wonderful and wide-ranging exploration of Alaskan history!


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Post Office Box 870515

Wasilla, Alaska 99687-0515