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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.

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

ARLIS Hidden Collections are highlighted in a new finding aid. Check it out for information about more Alaska resources collections at ARLIS!

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.

The index is well known to librarians and library users as “Cobb’s Index.” In the ARLIS Library Catalog, the index is the first result returned by a keyword search on Cobb metallic mineral state federal .

Paper copies of Cobb’s Index are maintained in Special Collections at ARLIS, call number Spec QE 76 .I64 v. 1 – v.6. The Index is also available as a large (62 megabyte) download from the ARLIS website.

Now available -** Updated March 24, 2014 – a list of FAQs, facts and links about the Exxon Valdez oil spill, download at www.arlis.org/docs/vol2/a/EVOS_FAQs.pdf.

Four hundred sixty three remote-sensing photographs of Anchorage, taken after the Alaska Earthquake of 1964, are now available for research at ARLIS. The scale is 1:6,000. 1″ = 500′. For access, ask at ARLIS reference desk.

The Alaska Geologic Data Index (AGDI) is again available as a web-based tool, now with a map-enabled interface. AGDI is the index to the Anaconda Collection at ARLIS and other minerals and mining collections in Alaska. AGDI is online at
maps.dggs.alaska.gov/agdi/ and is linked from the Minerals and Mining menu at ARLIS.

The Pebble Partnership has contracted with ARLIS to provide online access to the Pebble Project Environmental Baseline Document (EBD) via the ARLIS Document Server. Each section of the EBD has a permanent ARLIS address. Reference assistance with finding additional scientific literature regarding the Bristol Bay region is provided by ARLIS reference librarians.

Scans of Alaska Kardex Quadrangle Overlays, arranged by location (quadrangle). The original transparent overlays were used with U.S. Geological Survey 1:250,000 scale maps. The overlay scans include a topographic base. The physical overlays are also available in the ARLIS map collection.

Items received for public review from state or federal agencies or other organizations are placed immediately on the Public Review Document shelves with minimal processing to provide ready public access. These items are not in the catalog and are not available for checkout. Items are shelved by geographic location or project name. An index is available on the shelf and as a download. After the public comment period, items are returned to the donor or added to the collection according to the donor’s preference. Some items in this section are actually mini-collections available on a long-term basis. Some may be available in digital format.

Public Review Documents are accessible whenever the building is open to the public, including some weekends and evenings in addition to normal weekday hours.

The shelf index to Public Review Documents is also available for download.

The Environmental Education collection includes more than 500 books for K-12 educators. All items in this collection circulate to anyone with a valid library card from Anchorage Public Library, UAA/APU, or ARLIS. Alaska reciprocal borrowing arrangements supported via Consortium Library.

To retrieve records from the ARLIS Environmental Education collection, search on
ENV ED at an ARLIS catalog search screen.

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.

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.

The collection includes about 10,500 indexed items in digital and paper format of Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI) mineral exploration data, collected between 1974 and 1984  throughout Alaska by the Anaconda Minerals Company and other mining companies. The collection index is part of the Alaska Geologic Data Index, available at maps.dggs.alaska.gov/agdi/.
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In cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, ARLIS now offers a digital collection about the Iditarod gold trail, designated in 1978 as the Iditarod National Historic Trail. The digital collections consist of more than four thousand digital objects, including maps, reports, historical site surveys, oral history recordings and transcripts, and photographs.  Digitization of the collection occurred during the centennial of the opening of the Iditarod gold trail in the years 1908-1912. Access the collection at www.arlis.org/resources/inhc-collection/

Our collection contains thousands of maps and atlases, including Alaska Road Commission Maps, Alaska Trail System inventory, Alaska topographic series (USGS), flight line overlays, mining claims overlays, Army map service base maps, city maps, dam sites, flood prone areas, National Wetlands Inventory, Coastal Zone Maps (ADF&G) Alaska Power Study maps, Spetzman vegetation maps, NOAA Maps, and oversized atlases.

A popular collection at birds-furs-skullsARLIS is its large selection of Alaskan animal furs, skulls, and bird mounts, available for check-out by any walk-in patron (ARLIS will not mail them due to their fragility).  The collection is frequently used by teachers and other educators, camp counselors, artists, and scout groups.  Most of the items were donated to ARLIS by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Wildlife Conservation Division. See also, Kits, for more hands-on items for the classroom. Links to collection guides are available at www.arlis.org/resources/for-educators/furs-skulls-bird-mounts/

Collection Highlights

TAPS ROW (Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Right-of-Way Renewal) Reference Collection

2,324 items used to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement for the 2001 right-of-way renewal application.

US Fish & Wildlife Service Annual Narratives

Annual narrative reports of national wildlife refuges in Alaska, a rich source of historical information on each refuge.

Iditarod National Historic Trail Collection

In cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, ARLIS now offers a digital collection on the Iditarod gold trail.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Videos

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.

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