State Archives building to re-open Tuesday

No permanent document damage has been detected to date

Posted: Sunday, September 06, 2009

The Alaska State Archives building will re-open Tuesday.

The archives had been closed since Aug. 17, when rainwater entered the building through the roof during repairs. About 1,000 boxes of documents were subjected to water in varying degrees. Some audiotapes, maps and blueprints also were affected. The materials range from territorial days to the present.

No permanent damage has been detected to date.

As of Sept. 4, about 900 boxes of materials have been dried and reboxed. Of the remaining 100 boxes, 85 are nearly dry and 15 are being kept in a frozen condition until they can be worked on. Freezing the documents prevents mold.

"I haven't seen anything yet that would not be usable for research in the future," State Archivist Glenn Cook said. "I haven't seen anything that was lost in the process."

The materials' condition will continue to be monitored for the next six months.

The State Archives preserves the government records of Alaska's history and makes them accessible to patrons. Its public hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

For more information, visit or contact State Archivist Glenn Cook at 907-465-2275 or

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