Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867. For many years it functioned as a territory. Congressional approval of the Alaska statehood bill in 1958 was followed by formal entry into the union in 1959.
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Alaska. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to Alaska such as manuscripts, maps, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Alaska and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.