Alaska State Archivist Dean Dawson is overseeing a four-year project digitizing the state's vital records. The State Archives is home to government records with permanent historical value, including legislative bills and histories, audio recordings, meeting minutes, annual reports, birth and death records, naturalization records, incorporation records, court and probate, correspondence, publications and other agency-related material, with some records dating as far back as 1874. Volunteers are now imaging the state's vital records, which will eventually be made available and searchable online.
An article by Melissa Griffiths in the Juneau Empire describes the digitization work being performed by two volunteers: Dan and Ruth Brinkerhoff. They hope to digitize records before they become lost or damaged so badly they can no longer be read. They cite Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines as one example but smaller catastrophes have also happened in Alaska. "We have a case of water damage in Nome, they've got their records stored up there in a morgue in the freezer because they're soaking wet," Dan said.
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