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Visit the Library for More Information:

Alaska's libraries include plenty of audio, visual, and written material about the building of the trans-Alaska pipeline. 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
    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 TRANS-ALASKA PIPELINE.

More Reading:

Berry. Mary Clay. The Alaska Pipeline: The Politics of Oil and Native Land Claims. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975.

Campbell, John Martin. Archeological Studies along the Proposed Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline Route. Washington, D.C.: Arctic Institute of North America, 1973.

Coates, Peter A. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Controversy: Technology, Conservation, and the Frontier. Fairbanks, Alaska: University of Alaska Press, 1993, 1991.

Cole, Dermot. Amazing Pipeline Stories. Fairbanks, Alaska: Epicenter Press, 1997.

Dixon, Mim. What Happened to Fairbanks?: The Effects of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline on the Community of Fairbanks, Alaska. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1978.

Mead, Robert Douglas. Journeys Down the Line: Building the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1978, 1st ed.

Page, Robert A. Ground Motion Values for Use in the Seismic Design of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Geological Survey, 1972.

Roderick, Jack. Crude Dreams: A Personal History of Oil & Politics in Alaska. Fairbanks, Alaska: Epicenter Press, 1997.

Roscow, James P. 800 Miles to Valdez: The Building of the Alaska Pipeline. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1977

Rozell, Ned. Walking My Dog, Jane: From Valdez to Prudhoe Bay along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2000.

Wickware, Potter. Crazy Money: Nine Months on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. New York: Random House, 1979, 1st ed.

For Juvenile Readers:

Coombs, Charles Ira. Pipeline Across Alaska. New York: Morrow, 1978.

Doherty, Craig A. and Katherine M. Doherty. The Alaska Pipeline. Woodbridge, Conn.: Blackbirch Press, 1998, 1st ed.


Link up of the Haul Road , 1974-1976. From the KTVF Television Film Collection, Alaska Film Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 34-second film clip, color/silent, of aerial view of the completion and dedication of the North Slope Haul Road. Two bulldozers close the last section of road and, as a crowd looks on, a woman cuts the ribbon.

Senator Ted Stevens discusses opposition to building the pipeline . From the KTVF Television Film Collection, Alaska Film Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Title from title frame. 44-second clip, color/sound.

Trucks hauling pipe, 1974-1976 . From the KTVF Television Film Collection, Alaska Film Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 31-second film clip, color/silent, of loading pipe on a truck and hauling the pipes on trucks.

The Alaska Pipeline. Mark J. Davis and Joe Morton. Alexandria, Va.: Distributed by PBS Home Video, 2006. DVD video explores the impact of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline on culture and society in Alaska, as well as on the environment and Alaskan wilderness. Features commentary by the men and women who worked on the line, as well as long-time Alaska residents, members of the Native Alaskan community, environmentalists, government geologists, and local and national politicians. Examines the conflict between the desire to bring Alaskan oil to market and increase the energy supply versus the desire to protect the land and wildlife. Discusses the engineering feat of building an 800-mile pipeline that traverses three mountain ranges and 34 rivers, and that has to withstand earthquakes and subzero temperatures.

The Alaskan Oil Pipeline. The History Channel; a presentation of A & E Television Networks. New York: A & E Home Video: Distributed by New Video Group, 1996. VHS tape describes the operation of the Alaska pipeline that runs from Prudhoe Bay in the Arctic Ocean to Valdez on Prince William Sound.

Boom Times: An Alaskan Portrait. Tom Sadowski. Anchorage, Alaska: Counter Cine and T. Sadowski, 1977. 16mm film compares and contrasts the oil pipeline with the old Kennicott copper mines by juxtaposing current footage with still photographs of the previous boom. Interviews workers from both projects.

Oral History Interview: Kilbourne George. Interview conducted by John Alfonsi. Fairbanks, Alaska: KUAC-FM, 1989. University of Alaska Anchorage, Library and Archives. Three audio cassettes containing a recording of an interview with Kilbourne George. The interview was conducted by John Alfonsi over three days in November of 1989. The interview focuses on the history of Stevens Village. Interview topics include: a discussion of the "Old Ways" and how they compare to the "New Ways" of hunting, trapping, subsistence, and day to day living, the perceived impact of state projects such as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline on Native lands, locations of old traplines, cabins, settlements, and burial sites, and education and law in the village.

A Pipeline -- and Animals; Pipeline; The Permafrost Frontier. Anchorage, Alaska: KAKM Video. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company; William Bacon Productions; Trailwood Films; Pendleton Productions; Corporate Productions, 1998. VHS tape and teacher's guide. "A Pipeline -- and Animals" demonstrates how modern technology and wildlife exist side by side along the trans-Alaska pipeline. Shows the lifestyles and antics of animals living near the pipeline. "Pipeline": Description of the physical, climatic, and environmental difficulties encountered in the construction of the Alaskan pipeline. "Permafrost Frontier": Uses live action and animation to illustrate the properties of permafrost and to explain the engineering methods used to design and build the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Trans-Alaska Pipeline: A Sound Adventure. Fairbanks, Alaska: Arctic Productions, 1982. Cassette tape recordings of lectures and speeches.

Archival Materials:

Northern Alaska Environmental Center Records, 1971-1999. Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks. The Northern Alaska Environmental Center records contain administrative documents as well as subject files relating the various environmental issues the Center has engaged in since its creation in 1971. The present collection is a merger of two collections: the Fairbanks Environmental Center Papers and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center records.

Papers, Jack Roderick, 1900-2002. University of Alaska Anchorage, Library and Archives. The collection consists of the personal, political, and historical papers of Jack Roderick, most of which concern his research and writings on the history of oil resource development in Alaska. The collection is divided into 15 series: personal papers (biographical and Anchorage mayoral materials), "Oil in Alaska" course at Alaska Pacific University, Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board, Amerada-Hess oil royalties litigation, editions and drafts of the book Crude Dreams, oil in Alaska related oral interviews on audiocassettes, oil in Alaska related reference files on individuals, oil in Alaska reference files, oil in Alaska related maps, oil in Alaska related photographs, a photographic exhibition on the history of oil exploration and development in Alaska, Alaska oil and gas publications, Alaska natural gas publications, oil and gas related periodicals, and miscellaneous materials. Types of materials found in the collection include newspaper clippings, articles, copies of legal and governmental documents, publications, reports, interview recordings and transcripts, photographs, and maps.

Pipeline Clipping Files, 1973-1980. University of Alaska Anchorage. The collection consists of three reels of microfilm containing copies of newspaper clippings, articles, and reports from Alaskan and Canadian newspapers and journals concerning the planning, development, construction, and management of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline. In addition, they also concern the proposed construction of a trans-Alaskan or trans-Canadian natural gas pipeline from the North Slope of Alaska.

Pipeline Design and Feasibility Studies, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, 1971-1973. University of Alaska Anchorage, Library and Archives. The collection consists of technical design and feasibility reports concerning the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The reports were prepared by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company between 1971 and 1973.

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Construction Collection, 1976-1977. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Alaska State Library. Collection includes 589 color slides and 127 black-and-white photographs of pipeline construction. Images of personnel, equipment, the winter environment, wildlife, pump stations, Valdez and the terminal. The slides generally correspond to typewritten progress reports which begin in March, 1976, when the pipeline was about 45 percent complete, and end in April, 1977, at 95 percent completion. Construction began in April 1974. The four-foot diameter pipeline spans 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, crossing tundra, three mountain ranges and hundreds of streams, requiring a number of various-sized bridge structures. 132 million man-hours went into the effort, which included construction of a 360-mile all-weather road from the Yukon River to Prudhoe Bay. [From Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. Progress Report, April 1977.].

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