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West Virginia & Regional History Center

Guide to Archives and Manuscripts

The West Virginia & Regional History Center holds more than 4,000 archives and manuscripts collections that document the history of West Virginia and the Central Appalachian region. These collections contain the business records and family papers of early settlers; the letters and diaries of the men, women, soldiers, and politicians, who founded a state in the midst of the Civil War; the papers of early industrial and labor leaders who shaped the state’s economic and political systems; county court records that document social history and genealogy; congressional and political papers documenting the history of state and national public policy; the research papers of West Virginia folklorists; and the manuscripts of prominent Appalachian authors.

Topical strengths include early settlement, the Revolutionary War, Civil War and statehood, politics and policy, industrial development, agriculture, churches, folk heritage, genealogy, literary arts, the natural environment, railroads, schools, and World Wars I and II.

Collection guides describe and list the contents of collections and contain information about the person, family, or organization that created the collection. For research assistance or to schedule a visit, please contact the West Virginia & Regional History Center.

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Please note that archive and manuscript collections are not available for use on Saturdays.