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Model Arctic Council

The Model Arctic Council (MAC) is an academic program in which students from universities throughout the circumpolar North and beyond actively participate in a collaborative, experiential learning exercise to expand their knowledge of salient challenges and concerns in the Arctic.


Arctic and Northern Studies Club

The mission of the Arctic and Northern Studies Club ​to provide a platform to students interested in Arctic studies to connect and learn about issues relating to the circumpolar North, particularly as they relate to Alaska.


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Alaska Historical Society

The Alaska Historical Society (AHS) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the promotion of Alaska history by the exchange of ideas and information, the preservation and interpretation of resources, and the education of Alaskans about their heritage.


University of the Arctic (UArctic)


The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a network of universities, colleges, research institutes, and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North. UArctic builds and strengthens collective resources and infrastructures that enable member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions.


ACNS resources


Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives

Located in the Elmer Rasmuson Library, students have easy access to one of the world’s most extensive archival collections on Alaska and the circumpolar North, as well as thousands of published books, journals, historical newspapers, and other documents on the region. Collections on Alaska’s Russian and American eras through the mid twentieth century are especially rich, as are holdings on missionary history, polar exploration, and exploration in Alaska.

Alaska Film Archives

Over the past half century, the University of Alaska Fairbanks has built the largest collection of archival films in and about Alaska. The collection combines hundreds of donations of film and videos to UAF by individuals, organizations and institutions. The Alaska Film Archives contain more than 10,000 films and videos dating back to 1910;

Alaska Native Language Archive

Contains linguistic field notes and audio recordings, as well as published and unpublished materials; historical manuscripts collections with letters, diaries, scrapbooks, maps, business records, and more; historical photograph collections; a rare books and maps collections with over five thousand rare books on polar and Alaskan exploration and Alaska’s settlement from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries, and rare maps from the sixteenth century forward; and an oral history program that houses more than ten thousand recordings.


University of Alaska Museum of the North

UAMN holds over 2.5 million artifacts and specimens that represent millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North. The collections are organized into ten disciplines (archaeology, birds, documentary film, earth sciences, ethnology and history, fine arts, fishes and marine invertebrates, insects, mammals, and plants) and serve as a valuable resource for research on climate change, genetics, contaminants, and other issues facing Alaska and the circumpolar North.

The museum is also the premier repository for artifacts and specimens collected on public lands in Alaska and is a leader in Northern natural and cultural history research. These collections form the foundation for the museum’s research, education programs, and exhibits. They are accessible to students on the UAF campus and remotely through the online collection management system, Arctos. All University of Alaska students receive free admission to the museum and are encouraged to consider using the collections as part of their academic work at UAF.