Give to History

Your donations support our goals.


How to donate


To contribute to the UAF History Department, please click on any of the below fund links; these direct you to the University of Alaska Foundation website where you will enter your specified gift amount. Your gift will fund the focused accounts listed.

Click here to search the Engage database for your fund.

Assistant Professor Leslie McCarthy holds a recording wire used with a device recently donated to the Oral History program at UAF's Rasmuson Library. The recorder used technology popular through the country in the 1930s-1960s. | UAF Photo by Todd Paris

History Support

Your gifts create results we see everyday. As stewards of these valuable resources, we are striving to be worthy of investment. When you give to CLA in memory of a loved one, or simply because you care, your contribution is cherished and used to further that most human of endeavors — learning.


Scholarship Support 

Scholarships, Fellowships and student awards have an incredible impact on our Nanook Nation! We believe that enhanced student aid, through restricted or unrestricted gifts, helps retain the most talented of students. With fewer financial concerns, these students can focus chiefly on their studies, thereby reaching their full potential.

Donations to the Dirk Tordoff Alaskan History Endowed Scholarship provide scholarship support to students studying Alaskan history at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Liberal Arts Northern Studies or History Programs, with a preference for students whose research is conducted using the Alaska Film Archives in the UAF Rasmuson Library.


The Alaska Film Archives at the Rasmuson Library holds more than 10,000 Alaska films avaiable for viewing and use by patrons and researchers. | UAF Photo by JR Ancheta
Angela Linn, left, ethnology and history collections manager at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, catalogs donated Russian artifacts with student assistant Kirsten Olson in a museum lab. | UAF Photo by Todd Paris


Your donation can be used specifically to fund student or faculty research at UAF.

Donations to the Croxton Family Fellowship endowment will provide support to graduate students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who demonstrate academic skills and leadership abilities and whose academic program or research emphasis is in one or more of the broad areas of 1) anthropology, 2) Northern studies, 3) biology, 4) wildlife management, 5) elementary or secondary education 6) the fine arts, or 6) museum education and/or museum collection-based research in archaeology, ethnology or history. The intent of this fund is to increase the body of knowledge about Alaska, and to train professionals who will contribute to Alaska and its people.


Thank you for continuing to support UAF History!

Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law; you are not receiving any goods or services in exchange for the money you give.



"The very concept of history implies the scholar and the reader. Without a generation of civilized people to study history, to preserve its records, to absorb its lessons and relate them to its own problems, history, too, would lose its meaning."

-George F. Kennan, "Putting History at Risk". May 27, 1984.




Department Chair John Heaton

Thank you.

In a year with unprecedented challenges, your generosity made more of a difference than ever. Your gift gave the UAF community access to the education, opportunities and tools to not only adapt but also thrive. Thank you for being there when we needed you the most and for inspiring those of us at UAF.


CLA's Gifts at Work

Total Giving: $328,764.54


Replenishes student scholarship funds



Funds faculty and student research

Department Support

Designated to a specific department within CLA

Public Service & Community Outreach

Funding that supports community outreach events

Student Support

Funding that helps students outside of scholarships

College Support

Goes to supporting the College of Liberal Arts







Jon and Jane Aspnes pose on a park bench with their three dogs.

Why I Give

A story of giving from CLA donors Jon and Jane Aspnes.

The Aspnes Story- Love at First Pancake



Become a Donor

Your donation can make a profound impact by providing resources for scholarships, innovative programs, and cutting-edge research opportunities. Together, let's foster a vibrant academic environment where creativity, critical thinking, and cultural understanding flourish. Donate today and be a part of shaping the future of liberal arts education at UAF!

For more information on ways to give, visit our UAF Development Office website.

New students on campus jump for a photograph on their way to the MBS complex Tuesday afternoon, August 28, 2012.