African American Resources for Alaska

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A list of available resources about African Americans in Alaska prior to 1860 and up to 2004.


Archives and Libraries

Consortium Library
University of Alaska Anchorage /Alaska Pacific University
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 786-1848
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History Local

Pre-Civil War records

  • A few African Americans came to Alaska as seamen and miners prior to 1860. [1]

Civil War Records

Post-Civil War

  • After the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867, the US Army assigned a small number of African Americans to keep the peace. [2]

Reconstruction Era (1868-1877)

Jim Crow Era (1859-1964)

  • African Americans worked in the Klondike gold fields in the 1890's.[3]



World War II



AAHS of Alaska
P. O. Box 143105
Anchorage, Alaska 99514-3105


  1. Curtis, Nancy C. Black Heritage Sites: The South. The New Press, 1996. See page 31.
  2. Black Heritage Sites: The South. Page 31.
  3. Black Heritage Sites: The South. Page 31.