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Museums - Collection Overview

Sharing the Collection
The Museums offer the public access to the collections plus fulfilling requests for research and  photograph reproduction. In addition to individuals and businesses, we provided images and historical information for use by federal, state and local governments, local and statewide media services, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, Historic Ketchikan, Ketchikan Daily News, Ketchikan Story Project and other organizations. In 2014, the department completed 238 research and photo requests.

Taking Care of the Collection
In 2014, the department completed a $8,800 Museums Alaska Collections Management Grant to relocate and rehouse the textile collections. An $8,780 Grant-in-Aid from the Alaska State Museum was used in 2015 to update and expand the security system of the Centennial Building.

Developing the Collection
We were honored to receive a donation of a totem pole carved by Tsimshian Native artist David Boxley. The historic pole is Boxley’s first carved pole and the first totem pole to be raised in the community of Metlakatla. Seventeen additional donations were acquired in 2014.