Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek


There are a number of valuable resources that may helpful for the teacher/student conducting research that focuses on the Kenai Corridor.  Although these are grouped by topic, many have applications that span many study areas.


General History

Kenai Peninsula Historical Association. Snapshots at Statehood — A Focus on Communities that Became the Kenai Peninsula. Soldotna: KPHA, 2009.

Barry, Mary.  Seward Alaska, History of the Gateway City. Anchorage: M. J. B. Barry, 1986. (Three volumes covers pre-history to the 1960s.)

Cook, Linda and Frank Norris. A Stern and Rock-Bound Coast: A Historic Resource Study. Anchorage: National Park Service, 1989.  <>.  (Valuable information and maps about prehistory, geology, history of the Kenai Fjords Region.)

“Project Jukebox.” <> Digitally recorded interviews of individuals.

Resurrection Bay Historical Society. Bits of History. <>. (Collection of video vignettes. Also accessed from Seward Museum website  <>)


Reger, D. , A.G. Sturmann, E.E. Berg, and P.A.C. Burns. A Guide to the Late Quaternary History of  Northern and Western Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Guide Book 8.   Fairbanks: State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, 2007.  <>

Alaska Satellite Facility, Geophysical Institute University of Fairbanks.  <>. (A valuable resource for high altitude aerial and satellite photos for topography.)


Crowell, Aron. Looking Both Ways: Heritage & Identity of the Alutiiq People.  University of Alaska Press, 2001.

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. (Several permanent exhibits on Alaska history and Native cultures, as well as website information on Arctic studies.        <>


Holmes, Charles Edgar, ed. Sterling Highway Archaeology, 1985-1986: Supplemental Report:  Volume 86, Issue 35 of Public-data file.  Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, 1986.

Russian Alaska

Pierce, R.A .Pierce and A.S. Donnelly. A History of the Russian American Company Vol II.  Kingston, Ontario: Limestone Press, 1979.


Pennelope J. Sailing the Mail in Alaska: The Maritime Years of Alaska Photographer John E. Thwaites. Cyberrcat Productions!, 2003.

Morgan, A.W.  Memories of Old Sunrise. Anchorage: Cook Inlet Historical Society, 1994.

Buzzell, R.G. “Walking Tour of Sunrise City Historic District.” 2011.

Barry, Mary.  A History of Mining on the Kenai Peninsula.  Anchorage: M. J. B. Barry, 1973.

“Alaska’s Hope—Sunrise Mining District.” J. Halloran. ICMJ  Prospecting and Mining Journal. <>

Hope Sunrise Historical Society, Hope Museum.  (A wonderful collection of buildings and tools used in the area’s gold mining industry.  Provides information about the Sunrise District as well.)

Rail Road / Alaska Nellie

Seward Community Museum & Library has photographs, relics, and old movies of  Nellie.

Jones, C.L. More Than Petticoats, Remarkable Alaska Women. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot, 2006.

Capra, Doug. “A Magnificent Bedlam of Hollywood and Alaska: The Creation of Alaska Nellie.” Seward, AK 2012.

By Ways

Cooper Landing Historical Society, Cooper Landing Museum.  A treasure trove of primary sourced documents, photos, and relics from the Cooper Landing Area.