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Juneau-Douglas History Research

This page is provided to support those interested in digging deeping into the history of Juneau and Douglas.  Please note that while all of these links have been vetted by either City Museum staff or credible Juneau-Douglas history researchers, most of the sites are not sponsored by the Museum or the City and Borough of Juneau. 


People Available to Help with Historical Research

Juneau-Douglas City Museum Research Request Form. This document includes details of how the public can request an appointment with or get research assistance from the Curator. The form can be printed out to complete, or filled in on-line.  Completed requests should be emailed to the Curator of Collections & Exhibits or delivered to the address listed on the form.

Researchers for Hire is a list with contact information provided by the Alaska Historical Collections of the Alaska State Library.


Websites of Juneau-Douglas Historical Organizations

Gastineau Channel Historical Society is a non-profit organization that promotes the history of the Gastineau Channel area, operates the Last Chance Mining Museum and cares for the Sentinel Island Lighthouse.

Gastineau Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization that supports those researching their ancestors.

Historic Treadwell Mines Tour: Courtesy of U.S. Dept of the Interior Bureau of Land Management is a historical picture book about a world-class gold mine at the turn of the century.  The on-line tour features streaming audio narration or can be viewed and read without the audio.

Treadwell Historic Preservation & Restoration Society was established to stabilize, preserve and restore the existing structures and buildings of the mine on Douglas Island for the purpose of public access, education and enjoyment.

Treadwell Mine Historic Trail Walking Map & Guide is available for purchase at the Museum but also can be viewed and printed from this website.


Websites of Interest to Researchers of Juneau-Douglas History

Click here for a pdf of the following list, with live links embedded.


Juneau & Alaska Sites

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Recorder’s Office oversees 34 recording districts that record, index, and archive all of the documents that create the Official Public Record of the State of Alaska.

Alaska’s Digital Archives' purpose is to provide a single easy-to-use location for institutions across the state to share their historical resources.

The Alaska Free Press Index is a resource for locating information from January 19, 1887 through March 21, 1891.

Alaska Searchlight Index was created from a handwritten card file of personal names which include companies and business names. 

The Alaska State Archives preserves more than 30,000 cubic feet of State and territorial records.

Digital Betty is a collection of Vital Records dating 1898 - 1936 from Juneau and Douglas compiled from local newspapers by genealogist Betty Miller.  They are organized both alphabetically and chronologically.

Digital Bob is a searchable archive containing articles by Robert DeArmond, one of Juneau’s preeminent historians, on the history of the Gastineau Channel area.

Digitized Index Cards from Captain "Kinky" Bayers Collection contain Kinky Bayer's colorfully annotated references to historical and current events in Alaska towns.

Gastineau Channel Memories presents the web version of Gastineau Channel Memories 1880-1959, the first of three volumes on local Juneau history.

Historic Preservation in Juneau includes surveys and inventories of Juneau’s buildings and historic neighborhoods.

Juneau Community Development Department Maps and Drawings Page includes contemporary and historic materials of the geographic areas of Juneau and Douglas, including a plot survey of Evergreen Cemetery.

Juneau-Douglas City Museum Virtual Exhibits and Collections is an online database of the Museum's permanent collection and includes objects, photographs, archives, the education collection and the reference collection. 

Juneau Trails Project presents comprehensive information about 10 trail networks between Berners Bay and Douglas.

Sealaska Heritage Institute houses material and objects that document the history, culture, heritage, art, and language of the Native people of the Northwest Coast.

SLED, the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway connects people to library, government, local community, and Internet information resources.


National Sites

The California Digital Newspaper Collection is a freely accessible repository of digitized California newspapers from 1846 to the present. 

pointing handCalifornia Digital Newspaper Collection – Alaska X Files is a storage spot on this internet archive where local historian Jim Geraghty tags articles of particular relevance to Alaska history.

Chronicling America is a website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages.

Genealogy Bank is an online genealogical resource that helps you discover information about your family history.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps found here are particularly useful to study urban growth and decline patterns and research the evolution of specific buildings, sites and districts.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper of business conducted by the United States Federal government.

The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides access to primary source collections maintained by libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California.

The University of Washington Libraries has materials from the University of Washington Libraries, University of Washington Faculty and Departments, and organizations that have partnered with the UW Libraries.


Canadian Sites

The British Colombia Archives provides access to records from the provincial government and includes genealogy indexes.

The British Colonist was the leading paper in the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia until the 1890s. This website contains all the issues from 1858-1920.

Public Record Office Victoria holds records created by Victorian Government departments and authorities dating from the establishment of the Port Phillip District in the mid-1830s through today.

The Yukon Archives acquires, preserves, and provides access to the Yukon's documentary heritage.


International Sites

Ancestry bills itself as the world's largest online family history resource with more than 14 billion birth, marriage, death, census, and military records. There is a subscription fee for this service, after a free 14-day trial.   Note: The Juneau Public Library has a subscription to Ancestry, which may accessed at any of the library's branches (must use the library’s network).

Google Books allows you to search the "world's most comprehensive index of full-text books" which you can preview or read for free.


Compiled with the assistance of Mark Whitman, Sandy Harbanuk and Jim Geraghty, 2015.

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