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Alaska Kardex Mine File Card Images

  • Publication Place: Anchorage, AK
  • Publisher: U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • Originator: State of Alaska
  • Year of Publication: 2002

    This product is a result of the Minerals Data at Risk activity funded by the BLM.

    This dataset represents digital images of the Alaska Kardex files, a system developed by the State of Alaska and maintained as a paper-based system of tracking minerals information, especially mining claim activity, in Alaska. Records were established based on mineral locations and occurrences from published literature as well as from mining claim records from the recording districts. The records were developed from recorded documents, claim-location notices, affidavits of annual labor, and deeds received from the 34 recording districts in the state. Since 1953, the records have been used extensively by the mining industry, legal firms, native corporations, professional geologists, and state and federal agencies.

    Records were arranged serially within a geographic framework established by the 153 U.S.Geological Survey 1:250,000-scale quadrangles within Alaska. The quadrangles were numbered from North to South, in a sequence that was also used in later years by the U.S. Bureau of Mines to index quadrangles.

    Paper cross-references sorted by owner/operator, and claim name were created and kept in Fairbanks at Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offices over the years. The U.S. Bureau of Mines created and for several years maintained transparent quadrangle overlays representing the Kardex locations.

    Although much of the information included in Kardex is now out of date, it can be useful for research into past activity in an area of interest.

    What is on these pages

    This section of the website contains records in jpeg graphics format. To view the records, use a web browser or graphics editing program.

    The images are arranged in folders alphabetically by quadrangle name. The Kardex number consists of the quadrangle location number, followed by a serial number. Additionally, individual portions of each Kardex record are numbered sequentially.

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