The Alaska State Archives under AS 40.21 (Management & Preservation of Public Records Act) in Juneau is the repository for original territorial and state government records that document Alaska’s history. Its records date back to 1873, just after the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia, and are as current as last year’s State Legislature. The records are captured in a variety of formats--paper, film, photographic, and electronic. Staff also assist all state government offices with records and information management services. The agency takes a lead role in records digitization policies and initiatives for the state enterprise. The Alaska State Archives provides essential resources for legislative researchers, state agency personnel, and citizens, and is open to the public. It has 11 full-time staff.