The Alaska Constitutional Convention was held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from November 8, 1955 to February 6, 1956.

The Alaska Constitutional Convention Teacher’s Guide project is a product of the Alaska Historical Society with the assistance of the UAF Office of Public History. The AHS and the Office of Public History seek to bring the excitement and the significance of our nation’s most recent state constitutional convention to today’s youth, primarily through the use of the audio minutes recorded in 1955-56. Students and teachers alike can experience the Convention through an easy-to-use online interface, and cross-reference relevant topics with original audio.


Essential Resources:

To learn about the individual delegates, visit Creating Alaska: The Origins of the 49th State, a University of Alaska project
http://www.alaska.edu/creatingalaska/

Listen to the Full Constitutional Convention Minutes courtesy of the Alaska State Library
http://archives.alaska.gov/audio/ConstConv/intro.html

View the searchable, cross-indexed transcripts of the Constitutional Convention, hosted by the Alaska Department of Law
http://www.law.state.ak.us/doclibrary/cc_minutes.html

Download the Alaska State Library’s Guide to the Constitutional Convention Audio Recordings
Click to download the PDF file.

Download the full CD catalogue, showing the original tapes and their location on the remastered CDs used to create this project
Click to download the PDF file.

University of Alaska students, faculty and staff, visit iTunes Store > iTunes U > University of Alaska Fairbanks > History and listen to the convention minutes right on your iPod!



The following is not an authoritative compilation of Alaska statehood and constitutional resources. Nonetheless, we have endeavored to provide a substantial selection of sources and research aids.

Digital Resources

Alaska Digital Archives
http://vilda.alaska.edu/

Alaska History and Cultural Studies
http://www.akhistorycourse.org/

Alaska Historical Society
http://www.alaskahistoricalsociety.org/

Alaska State Archives
http://www.archives.state.ak.us/

National Archives Pacific Region, Anchorage
http://www.archives.gov/pacific-alaska/anchorage/index.html

Alaska State Library
http://www.library.state.ak.us/

Elmer Rasmuson Library (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
http://library.uaf.edu/

Consortium Library (University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University)
http://consortiumlibrary.org/

Egan Library (University of Alaska Southeast)
http://www.uas.alaska.edu/library/

Alaska State Museums
http://www.museums.state.ak.us/

University of Alaska Museum of the North
http://www.uaf.edu/museum/

Anchorage Museum
http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/

Museums Alaska
http://www.museumsalaska.org/

Alaska Constitutional Convention Delegate Vic Fischer Discusses the Boundary Commission with Rep. Guttenberg
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
http://whatdoino-steve.blogspot.com/2010/03/alaska-constitutional-convention.html
Purchase The 49th Star, a KUAC Fairbanks production
http://www.aptonline.org/catalog.nsf/0/6EDBEE3C1CAF5AC8852571D8004E4DEF

Constitution of the State of Alaska
http://ltgov.alaska.gov/treadwell/services/alaska-constitution.html

Alaska Constitution: A Citizen’s Guide, 4th ed.
http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/docs/pdf/citizens_guide.pdf

Alaska Constitutional Convention Minutes Concerning Judicial Selection and Retention
http://www.ajc.state.ak.us/about/convmin.html

Alaska's Constitutional Convention: 1955, Honoring its 50th anniversary. June Allen, sitnews.us, Ketchikan, AK
http://www.sitnews.us/JuneAllen/ConstitutionalConvention/091605_50th_anniversary.html

Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Office of History and Archeology
http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/oha/

UAA’s Student Alaska Constitutional Convention
http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/ConstitutionalConvention/index.cfm

Gavel to Gavel Alaska, “A Constitution for Alaska”—video
http://www.ktoo.org/gavel/videos.cfm

Alaska Law Review, Duke University
http://www.law.duke.edu/journals/alr/

Juneau Empire project for 50 years of statehood
http://www.juneauempire.com/statehood/stories.shtml


Printed Material

Coghill, John B. Growing Up in Alaska. Kayto Communications, 2009.

Cole, Terrence. Fighting for the 49th Star: C.W. Snedden and the Crusade for Alaska’s Statehood. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Foundation, 2010.

Fischer Alaska's Constitutional Convention. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Press, 1975.

Haycox, Stephen W. Alaska: An American Colony. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006.

McBeath, Gerald A. The Alaska State Constitution: A Reference Guide. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997.

Naske, Claus-M., and Herman Slotnick. Alaska: A History. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011.

Oppe, Mark E. The utilization of constitutional space to maximize sub-national autonomy in federations. Master’s Thesis, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2009.

Tarr, G. Alan. Understanding State Constitutions. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Whitehead, John S. Completing the Union: Alaska, Hawai’i and the Battle for Statehood. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2004.