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The Susitna Doc Finder is a comprehensive catalog of documents that have resulted from every phase of hydroelectric project proposed for the Susitna River watershed.

Map-enabled boreal database

ARLIS databases includes the search tool created by North West Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NWB LCC) and ARLIS. The database includes reports and articles, mainly post-2010, addressing land management in the boreal region of Alaska and western Canada. From the ARLIS database list, search the NWB Alaska and Canada bibliography using any combination of the GIS map interface and/or keyword.

Federal Depository Library

Federal Depository Library ProgramARLIS selects federal depository items and provides free public access.

A Guide to uncataloged and other collections at ARLIS is now available as an online LibGuide.  An older  pdf download is still available.  ARLIS is the “mother lode of Alaska Resources Information”, but not all of the materials in the library have been cataloged, due to limited funding and staff time. The collections described in this guide are available for use with finding aids and assistance from the ARLIS staff.

Digitized insurance maps of selected cities and towns in Alaska, circa 1915 onwards. Localities in the database are Anchorage, Bettles, Chena, Circle City, Cordova, Douglas, Fairbanks, Haines, Juneau, Ketchikan, Nenana, Petersburg, Rampart, St. Michael, Seward, Sitka, Skagway, Tanana, Treadwell, Valdez, and Wrangell.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Resources for Teachers and Students is available for download from ARLIS.

Mission without a Map: The Politics and Policies of Restoration Following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill is available for download from ARLIS.

These video tapes comprise raw footage of the early days of the oil spill, its subsequent clean-up, shoreline evaluations, and many other government-led activities related to the spill. This footage may be copied without infringing on copyright and is in great demand internationally by filmmakers and researchers. About half of these videos have been cataloged and there is an index to the entire collection available at SPEC COLL GC1552.P75A37 1989, DVD GC1552.P75A37, and on the
ARLIS website . Most of the videos have been digitized in high resolution AVI format. Because most of the digitized videos are too large to fit on a single DVD, the most efficient way to deliver the videos is on external hard disk. Contact the ARLIS reference desk for more information.

This website provides access by report type and by author to a compilation of baseline reports that resulted from research funded by the Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment Program (OCSEAP).  The reports were scanned, and the website was derived by Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS) from OCSEAP’s Comprehensive Bibliography, published June 1990. The reports are mainly focused on OCS lease areas: Beaufort Sea, Lower Cook Inlet, Chukchi Sea, Norton Sound, Navarin Basin, St. George Basin, Bristol Bay, Aleutian Basin, Kodiak Region, and Gulf of Alaska.

Background: The protection of the marine and coastal environment is mandated by the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act of 1953, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and the OCS Lands Act Amendments of 1978. An essential responsibility of the Department of the Interior (DOI), as manager of the OCS Leasing Program, is to ensure that proposed OCS development and production activities will not irreparably damage the marine environment and its resources. To help meet this responsibility as it applies to development of the Alaska OCS, the Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment Program (OCSEAP) was initiated by inter-agency agreement between DOI’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) [now, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, BOEM] and the Department of Commerce’s national Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This collection of 1,777 historic photographs of Alaska, from the early 1970s, covers all aspects of Alaska from the cultural to the scientific, including industry. Most were taken by AEIDC staff for use in the Alaska Regional Profiles. Copyright permission is available for all photos. Please credit the source. The photos are filed in numeric order by the photo number and indexed by subject and region. The catalog, which consists of copies of the photos, is cross-indexed in eight regional and 35 subject notebooks and is located on the bottom shelf next to the hanging folders.

This collection contains 337 items released to ARLIS by ExxonMobil in 2009. A catalog record for the collection contains a link to the index maintained in a RefWorks database, which includes PDFs for many of these items. Some items are also cataloged separately in the ARLIS collection.

The TAPS ROW Reference Collection contains 2,324 items used to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement for the 2001 right-of-way renewal application. It was donated by BP Exploration. A print copy of the index, TAPSROW Literature Cited, is shelved at the beginning of the collection and available electronically via the catalog record, which also links to the collection’s searchable RefWorks database.

From 1989 through 1993 a series of shoreline surveys were conducted by inter-agency groups to assess oiling conditions in the spill area. These evaluations are organized by survey, geographic area, and shoreline segment number.

The EVOS Trustee Council is charged with managing the funds from the 1991 settlement of litigation between the State of Alaska, United States and Exxon. This official record documents the Council’s decision process as they fund restoration projects, research and habitat protection in the spill area. The first drawer contains a paper index by number and topic. Some items are also available through the catalog in print and digitally

This collection, more than 2,400 color slides, covers the early days of the oil spill and subsequent clean-up efforts, and includes photos of oiled wildlife, the tanker leaking oil, public meetings, protests, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Prudhoe Bay.
Originally available only in the form of 35mm slides, ARLIS has produced high resolution digital scans of these photographs. More than 2,000 images are now available as a photo stream on Flickr. The files are public domain and may be copied without infringing on copyright. There is an index by photo number. See an ARLIS reference librarian for assistance.

In 1982 the state and federal governments combined their mining claims records. The Mine File Fiche is an index available at the ARLIS reference desk that provides information on the claim owner, company, location, type (load or placer), mineral type, years a claim was active, and whether a claim had been proved up on. For information after 1982, contact the Bureau of Land Management regarding claims on federal land or Alaska Department of Natural Resources regarding claims on state land. Map overlays showing claim locations and other information are available in Case 5 in the Map Atrium and are used with the topographic maps in Case 6. These overlays and the associated maps are now available on the ARLIS document server as the Alaska Kardex Quadrangle Overlays collection.

NOAA compiled this collection of maps dating 1972-2004 (but incomplete) showing the extent of sea ice in Northern Alaska, and sea ice analyses. The climate data dates back to the 1950s. The fiche is organized by geographic area and date.

This multi-agency collection includes original files and photos documenting a selection of rivers for the Wild and Scenic River System and includes all candidate rivers as well as those selected. It is organized geographically by river. Photos include river segment breakdown details. See an ARLIS reference librarian for assistance with this collection

This collection, compiled by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, pertains to state land associated with Revised Statute 2477. Enacted by Congress as Section 8 of the Mining Law of 1866, RS 2477 granted states and territories unrestricted rights-of-way over federal lands that had no existing reservations or private entries. The law remained in effect until Congress repealed it in 1976. More information can be found in the ADNR RS 2477 Fact Sheet.  Finding aids are available on the ARLIS document server in PDF format. The GSC File index is arranged by GSC file number. A location index is sorted by meridian, township and range, when available for the record. A third finding aid is provided in shelf list order. Printed finding aids are filed on the first shelf of the collection.

This Alaska Department of Natural Resources aerial photos collection contains color and black and white aerial photographs of south central Alaska taken by NASA in 1978 and 1979, as well as a few black and white photos from 1953. The photos are filed by quadrangle, flight line number, film roll number, and frame number. The flight line overlays for these photos are located in Case 3 in the Map Atrium. There are two drawers of flight lines for the color photos and two drawers of flight lines for the black and white photos. The overlays are filed in the drawers alphabetically by quadrangle and are used with the topographic maps in Case 4. A stereoscope for 3-D viewing is available at the ARLIS reference desk.

The US Bureau of Mines began the Minerals Availability System (MAS) n the early 1960’s to measure and classify identified mineral resources according to their extraction technologies, economics and commercial availability. The files contain information on occurrences, deposits, mines and processing facilities. When the US Bureau of Mines was closed in 1996, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was given responsibility for the Alaska MAS files located in Juneau and Anchorage. Those files in BLM are known as AMIS, Alaska Minerals Information System. The paper version of the Alaska MAS files was housed at the John Rishel Mineral Information Center in Juneau until July 2008 when the Center closed and the files were transferred to ARLIS Special Collections. The MAS files are arranged numerically by quadrangle number and indexed by quadrangle and property. The indexes, by quadrangle and property, are located next to the files. The quadrangle index is available at the ARLIS reference desk and in MAS Cases 1-4 in the Map Atrium, along with associated MAS maps and overlays.

These reports originate from the federal wildlife refuges throughout Alaska. These annual reports, about the projects and status of each refuge, are chock-full of photos and are a rich source of history regarding each refuge.

Since Alaska-statehood (1959), this geographically-based series compiled data in a cumulative manner for catch, escapement, economic factors, and fishery management policies for each regional commercial fishery. The reports, prepared for the Board of Fisheries, were not widely distributed and ARLIS has the most complete collection in the state. The information is meant for a general audience and is often used by consultants and industry watchers to compare fisheries from one year to another. The reports are shelved by geographic region from east to west across Alaska and by year within geographic region.

Collection Highlights

Cobb's Index

Edward H. Cobb compiled and annotated the Index of Metallic Mineral Deposits of Alaska from Published Reports of Federal and State Agencies through 1972. Arranged by quadrangle, this index is invaluable for locating published geological literature of Alaska by location, such as name of creek. A searchable, digital version of Cobb's Index is available at ARLIS.

OCSEAP (Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment Program) Reports

Access to scanned baseline reports resulting from funding provided by the OCSEAP program. Reports concern OCS lease areas: Beaufort Sea, Lower Cook Inlet, Chukchi Sea, Norton Sound, Navarin Basin, St. George Basin, Bristol Bay, Aleutian Basin, Kodiak Region, and Gulf of Alaska.

Wild and Scenic Rivers

Multi-agency collection of original reports and photos about selection of rivers for the Wild and Scenic River System. Includes candidate rivers as well as those selected.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill FAQs – Updated June 30, 2017

FAQs, facts and links about the Exxon Valdez oil spill, download at www.arlis.org/docs/vol2/a/EVOS_FAQs.pdf.

National Park Service
US Geological Survey
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
University of Alaska Anchorage
Alaska Department of Fish & Game
Bureau of Land Management
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council