Our collections tell a story about people and places in coastal southwest Alaska. 

Mission Statement: The Kodiak Historical Society facilitates exploration of the natural, cultural and artistic heritage of Kodiak Island and surrounding communities to create opportunities for the public to discover, share and exchange knowledge using the collections and resources made available through the operation of the Baranov Museum.

Collection development is critically important to our ability to continue to share our community’s history. Guiding the acquisitions process is a committee comprised of Historical Society staff and community volunteers who meet to evaluate and make decisions on donations. Objects that align with our organization’s mission will be brought into the permanent collection. 

If you own original materials that document the history of the Kodiak Island Region and would like to consider donating them to become part of our permanent collection, please email our collections department at collections@baranovmuseum.org or call (907) 486-5920 for assistance. 

Original materials preserved in our collections include letters, photographs, diaries, unpublished memoirs, manuscripts, two-dimensional artworks, films, three-dimensional objects, oral histories, and many more. 

Randolph Letterman Sweater

Martha Delores Olsen Randolph was born in Kodiak in 1933 and graduated from Kodiak High School in 1951. Martha lived in Kodiak all her life and was an active and important part of the Kodiak community. Martha’s letterman sweater was donated by her daughter.


Donating to the Kodiak Historical Society and Baranov Museum

If you would like to donate objects or archival material, please contact us before sending any items, and consider the following process. After discussing the items with the museum, we will have you fill out a temporary custody form. The object will then be physically transferred to the museum and considered by the Acquisitions Committee. If approved to become part of our permanent collection, a deed of gift form will be needed from the donor. Once the deed of gift form is complete, the object becomes part of our permanent collection. 


Conducting Research at  the Kodiak Historical Society and Baranov Museum

The Kodiak Historical Society and Baranov Museum have a large collection of research files, alongside our permanent collections. Conducting research in our files and collection is open to members of the Kodiak Historical Society. Click here to learn how to become a member.  

We open our upstairs research space to curious members who fill out our in-house research request form

Staff will also conduct research for those who are unable to visit our space. Please reach out to the collections department at (907) 486-5920 or collections@baranovmuseum.org and review the research request form

Collections Policy and Governing Documents

Collections are guided by policy that was last approved by the Kodiak Historical Society board of directors in Januray, 2018. Click here to read our collections policy