Who we are.
The Alaska Music Archive is a growing, living collection of recordings by Alaskans, both historical and contemporary. We collect music and language recordings of all types, in all formats, from the last century to the present.
The Archive actively seeks material including single recordings and large collections. If you have any rare Alaskan music, recorded communication, or Native Alaskan language tapes or records, contact us.
Founder and Curator Kurt Riemann speaks to the Cook Inlet Historical Society about the Archives
What we collect.
Recorded letters and communication
Alaskana of all sorts
Spoken word recordings
Alaska Native language recordings
We preserve anything that represents the musical history of Alaska and all audio representations of Alaska’s unique history and people. If it made a sound, sang a song, or told a story, we want to know about it.
See the list of recordings already in the archive here.
Why we collect it.
Welcome to the Alaskan Music Archive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich history of independent Alaskan music. For over 70 years, we have been capturing, recording, and releasing the music and stories of our state's musicians. Our collection includes nearly 10,000 recordings, many of which are one-of-a-kind tapes and small-scale productions.
However, these precious recordings are at risk of loss, damage, and degradation. That's why we are committed to digitizing and preserving these sounds so that they can be enjoyed, studied, and heard for generations to come. We also strive to promote and cultivate the 20 distinct Native languages of Alaska. By creating a rich, diverse resource library, we aim to provide access to these precious recordings for everyone.
We value Alaska’s history in sound as a living, ongoing story, and as such we are always creating new material with the vital participants in Alaska’s music and language communities of today. We also provide robust cataloging effort for other data such as venues, reviews, titles, and personnel, making the Archive a solution to the widely scattered resources that have made up the historical records of the musical arts in Alaska.
If you're interested in supporting our mission, we welcome underwriters and sponsors to join us in our efforts. Browse our website and feel free to contact us about our collection. Together, we can ensure that the sounds of Alaska are heard for years to come.
The Alaska Music Archives proudly acknowledges the
generous support of the Atwood and Rasmuson Foundations.
Alaska Music Archives
445 East 5th Ave
Anchorage AK 99501