State Archives begins posting recordings of the Alaska Constitutional Convention

The Alaska State Archives recently announced the initial release of recordings of the Alaska Constitutional Convention. This digitized collection represents approximately 220 hours of all plenary sessions and most meetings of the Committee of the Whole during the Alaska Constitutional Convention held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from Nov. 8, 1955, until Feb. 6, 1956. The meetings were recorded by Mr. Carroza, station manager of KFAR in Fairbanks. In 2008, with funding from the Alaska Historical Society, the recordings were digitized.

So far the proceedings from November 1955 to February 1956 have been posted to, allowing listeners to hear the opening and closing of the convention. The recordings are compatible with mobile devices such as iPhones.

The rest of the recordings will be posted by mid-October 2011. Questions about this project may be directed either to Daniel Cornwall at or to Chris Hieb at


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