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Find a wide variety of material donated by the public, which documents the history of Alaska and its people. Explore manuscript collections including private diaries and correspondence of teachers, missionaries, gold seekers, pioneers, Alaska Natives, politicians, military personnel and others. Business records of mining companies, store keepers, and canneries hold a wealth of information on Alaskan development. Photograph collections hold more than 130,000 images showing Alaskan geography, history, and culture. For access to additional material, including over 50,000 publications, see the library catalog.