About the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives Digital Repository

About the Digital Repository

The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives (APRCA) at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library houses the world’s most extensive collection of materials about Alaska and one of the leading collections on polar regions. Holdings range from 16th-century speculative maps of the Arctic to present-day videos of Yup’ik dances and celebrations in western Alaska. Collections include historical manuscripts and photographs, rare books and maps, films and videos, oral histories, and recordings of Alaska Native speakers documenting their languages.

As the need for information about the Arctic and polar regions continues to grow, we're continually looking for new ways to open our archive to the global community. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), we are able to provide worldwide access to items from our unique collections. Visitors to this site are invited to browse by subject, collection, topic and type of object.

General Inquiries

APRCA makes digital copies of archival materials available online for educational and research use. Materials are selected for online access under the following circumstances: the rights are owned by the University; the material is in the public domain; APRCA has permission to provide access; there are no known restrictions on use; or the material is made available for educational and research purposes under an assertion of legal fair use. If you own copyright to materials and feel you have not been properly identified, we ask that you immediately contact us to help us update our records and online holdings. Online material contested by records creators or other rights holders will be removed from the digital collections of the repository until any rights issue is reviewed and addressed. Please direct all general inquiries to: UAF-APR-reference-Service@alaska.edu, or contact one of our curators.

About the Software

The software used to run this site is Islandora. Islandora is an open-source framework that uses Fedora, Drupal, and Solr.

For inquiries about this website, contact Ilana Kingsley at imkingsley@alaska.edu.

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