One feature in every issue of Alaskan History Magazine will be a collection of resources for discovering, researching, or just browsing through our past. The Internet has brought us all a wealth of information and wonderful new ways of exploring, and sharing the best links will be part of every issue.
Here’s a handful which were used in the May/June issue:
ArchiveGrid includes over 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.
Archives West provides descriptions of materials held by institutions in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, and Utah. See the About page for links to other regions.
Library of Congress The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center a website that includes more than 10,000 digitized maps, global in scope, dating from the 15th century to the present.
Researching anything online or in a library is always an adventure in unexpected discoveries, for a person may start by searching for a specific book or photograph and become happily sidetracked by any number of exciting discoveries. In researching the several books which make up this first issue of Alaskan History it was difficult to ignore the distractions and maintain focus on the subject at hand, and that actually became part of the reason for starting this magazine: creating a place to share a wider diversity! My hope is to inspire readers to do their own research on the marvelous history of Alaska, and enjoy the sidetracks!