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The Tongass Historical Museum and Totem Heritage Center are open to researchers Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm or by appointment. Researchers planning to use the collection are requested to make an appointment at least one week in advance.

Requests must be as specific as possible.  Global requests for “everything you have at the Museum” will not be accepted.

To provide services to all researchers, the following procedures have been adopted for the receipt of and response to research requests:

1. Complete the  Ketchikan Museums Research Request Form .

Submit one request at a time. Do not send another research request before receiving a reply

            Genealogical  requests should contain the full  name of the individual  whose record is requested.  
            Please include the exact  date of the event  if known. For all other requests, please indicate as narrow a period as possible.

             Historical  research requests should be clearly written with a specific question.

            Photo  orders should include topic, date of the event if known, and intended purpose.

2. Museum Department staff will review the request.   Requests are processed in the order they are received;  most requests will be answered within two to four weeks.

3. You will receive an e-mail with information regarding fees and how to pay them.  Prepayment of any research fees specified in that e-mail is required. Research fees are nonrefundable and do not guarantee that relevant information will be found.