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Visit the library for more information:

Alaska's libraries include audio, visual, and written material about the Alaska Purchase. Visit your local library or go online to see what's available in holdings all over the state. Take these simple steps:
  1. Access SLED (State Library Electronic Doorway) at
  2. Click on the listing for ALNCat (the Alaska Library Network Catalog) to view the Basic Search window.
    Go to the Keyword field, and type in ALASKA PURCHASE or RUSSIAN AMERICA.

More Reading:

Gruening, Ernest. An Alaskan Reader. New York: Meredith Press, 1966.

Haycox, Stephen W. Alaska: An American Colony. Seattle, University of Washington Press, 2002.

James, James Alton. The First Scientific Exploration of Russian America and the Purchase of Alaska. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University, 1942.

Jenson, Ronald J. The Alaska Purchase and Russian-American Relations. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1975.

Mangusso, Mary, co-editor. An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996.

Naske, Claus-M., Herman E. Slotnick. Alaska: A History of the 49th State. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987.

Seward, William H. Alaska. Speech of William H. Seward at Sitka, August 12, 1869 . Washington, D.C.: Philip & Solomons, 1869.

For elementary and junior high school students:

Fremon, David K. The Alaska Purchase in American History. Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Enslow Publishers, 1999.

Kent, Zachary. William Seward: The Mastermind of the Alaska Purchase. Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Enslow Publishers, 2001.

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