Library and Archives
HHF Library and Archives Mission
Preserving material of historic and cultural value for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.
The HHF Library and Archives houses approximately 250 books pertinent to Alaska Natives culture and history. The collection is held in the Hoonah office at 335 Harbor Drive.
The Huna Heritage Library Collection is available for research 1:00 - 3:00 pm Monday-Friday depending on staff availability.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, NG-03-16-0251-16.
Huna Heritage Digital Archives
The Huna Heritage Foundation Digital Archives is a website with hundreds of images of cultural and historical significance to Hoonah. Visit the site at archives.hunaheritage.org or click on the link provided. The HHF Digital Archives is a collecting archives which gathers historical and cultural materials relating to the people of Hoonah for the purposes of education and enjoyment of current and future generations.
HHF recognizes that the materials held within the Library & Archives represent a collective memory for the Xúna Kaawu and Hoonah community. As stewards of cultural and historical record we find inestimable value in digitizing our collection for the purposes of:
Access – Building connections between the past, present and future. Connecting users, regardless of location, to materials representing the history and culture of Hoonah.
Preservation – Preserving image, audio and video representation of our way of life. The conservation, care and protection of rare and fragile materials that hold and represent the stories of those that came before us so that we may keep them alive and pass them on. In addition, we will care for physical and digital items before, during, and after the digitization process.
Education – Current and future generations will have increased access to historical and cultural materials that will enhance their understanding of Hoonah Tlingit culture, language and history.
Internationally Acclaimed Digital Archives
The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums awarded Huna Heritage Foundation the 2019 International Guardians of Culture and Lifeways “Archives Institutional Excellence” Award. The award recognizes indigenous archives that demonstrate a significant commitment to the preservation and use of documentary heritage. Nominees are evaluated on their effectiveness in improving the documentary record through identifying and ensuring the preservation of records relating to tribal communities and topics; demonstrating success in raising public awareness of the importance of improving documentation; using innovative approaches to identifying and acquiring the records of tribal communities/topics; and using effective and appropriate approaches to making records available to a broader public audience. Visit your award-winning digital archives today at archives.hunaheritage.org.