SHI’s collections are stored deep in a large, protected room at our headquarters in Juneau named in honor of the late Tlingit activist William L. Paul, Sr..
The William L. Paul, Sr., Archives space houses 3,100 linear feet of historical and cultural material documenting the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian language, culture, and history. The space, known collectively as the archives, contains historical documents, manuscripts, personal papers, and more.
It also includes 60,000 photographs and 5,000 audio and audiovisual recordings, most of which cannot be found in other libraries or archives. We house more than 900 art and ethnographic objects both ancient and modern.
The archives also serve as a repository on behalf of clans and tribes for cultural objects repatriated under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) for Native people of Southeast Alaska.
Many of SHI’s holdings are available to the public for educational and research purposes.