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Barbara Howe, Professor, Papers

Collection Number: A&M 3469

Scope and Contents

Papers of Barbara Howe, Professor of History and Director of the Women's Studies Center, documenting her extensive professional activities within West Virginia University (WVU) and the WVU community involving history and women's concerns. Paper copy of folder-level container list for boxes 1-6 available in control folder.

Addendum of 2012/01/12 includes historical materials, newsletters, photographs, etc. There are series of Historic Preservation, Historical and Cultural Materials, Environmental Materials, Fine Arts Materials, Social Issues, Subject Files, WVU Materials, Miscellaneous Published Materials, Photographs, Oral History Tapes, and Motion Pictures. (1978-2011; 3 ft. 3 in.)

Historic Preservation; 1978-2010; boxes 14 and 16. Includes project files, photographs, maps, and newsletters related to the preservation of historic sites in West Virginia. Highlights include completed Historic Buildings Survey forms (St. Mary's Orthodox Church of Westover, West Virginia (WV); and Seneca Glass Company of Morgantown, WV, among others), Mother Jones materials, National Register of Historic Places nomination and registration materials (Purinton, Oglebay, Stalnaker, and Moore Halls at WVU; Wheeling Custom House/West Virginia Independence Hall), and a compact disc of Historic Properties Survey class project data. All materials are in box 14 except for one legal size folder in box 16.

Historical and Cultural Materials; 1982-2011; box 14. Contains newsletters, pamphlets, etc. of local attractions, cultural events, and West Virginia historical and cultural organizations. Highlights include "Celebrate 2000/Millennium Moments" WVU and personal histories, West Virginia Association of Museums materials, Appalachian Studies newsletters, and the WVU Visual Design Heritage project, which generated a slide show.

Environmental Materials; 1995-2011; box 15. Includes newsletters, pamphlets, and other materials related to environmental conservation and gardening in West Virginia. Organizations include West Virginia Botanic Garden Inc., the West Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Benson's Lawn Systems, and Friends of Blackwater.

Fine Arts Materials; 1996-2010; box 15. Contains programs and advertisements for local theater, dance, and art events.

Social Issues; 1986-2010; box 15. Contains reports, newsletters, brochures, etc. related to social issues. Topics include women's and reproductive rights, civil rights, affordable healthcare, and child advocacy.

Subject Files; 1981-2010; box 15. Contains reports, booklets, and files on specific subjects, including the Morgantown Bicentennial, West Run Planning, political campaign material, case information involving Longview Power, and Ohio Historical Society specimen records, among others.

WVU Materials; 1988-2011; box 15. Includes newsletters, magazines, and course materials pertaining to WVU. Topics include the Women's Center, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, staff and faculty newsletters, Robert Lepper's visit, and women's literature course materials. (Additional WVU materials may be found in the Historical and Cultural, Environmental, and Fine Arts Materials series.)

Miscellaneous Published Materials; 1985-2011; box 16. Includes newsletters, magazines, and brochures of local and state-wide organizations. Includes materials from the local Morgantown Hospice, High Rocks Education Corporation, West Virginia Legislature, Mon General, and the West Virginia Education Association.

Photographs; 1999-2000 and undated; box 16. Includes photographs of construction around Morgantown and on the WVU campus, interior images of a historical home or museum, and Church Street Methodist Church in Keystone, West Virginia.

Oral History Tapes; 1996-1997 and undated; boxes 16-17. Duplicate cassette tapes of an Arts and Sciences oral history project. All tapes are in box 17 except for the tape on Dolly King (former employee and union member of the Davis-Lynch Glass Factory), which is in box 16.

Motion Pictures; 1995 and 2004; box 17. Includes a VHS tape entitled "Eberly College of Arts & Sciences 100th Anniversary" and a 58-minute DVD of a talk by Asra Nomani entitled "Social Justice" (2004).

Addendum of 2013/02/28 includes newsletters, clippings, and correspondence (box 18). Topics include history, environmental issues, social issues and women's rights, healthcare, and other topics. This box is currently unsorted. Also includes Monongahela National Forest material such as photocopies of reports, articles, newsletters, and clippings (box 19). Topics include clearcutting, coal, scenic locations, and the "Monongahela Decision". (ca. 1953-2006; 10 in.)

Addendum of 2014/05/23 includes newsletters, brochures, mailings, and other material regarding history and historical preservation, environmental issues, social issues, women's rights, healthcare, and other subjects; theater programs and advertisements; material regarding political elections, including a souvenir comb; and a DVD titled "The Foundation of Justice: Supreme Court of Appeals" (boxes 20-21). Also contains issues of "The Highlands Voice" (2013). Material in these boxes is unsorted. (2010-2014; 10 in.)

Addendum of 2014/06/10 includes material regarding the history of Bulltown, West Virginia (box 22), Joseph McMullen and the history of golf at the Greenbrier, facilities management at WVU, and other material (box 23). The Bulltown material includes correspondence between Barbara Howe, John D. Hynes Jr., George Parkinson, and others; photographs including black and white prints, negatives, proofs; news clippings; genealogy; and other material. Also contains material regarding the Bulltown Oral History Project, including correspondence, contracts, and summaries of tapes. There is also a historical narrative regarding Bulltown with a focus on the Civil War prepared under the direction of Barbara Howe (180 pages), and a Huntington District Cultural Resources Bibliography prepared by the Army Corps of Engineers (88 pages) (both in electronic format). Material regarding facilities management at WVU includes project lists (1987), exterior analysis report for Stewart Hall and Purinton House (1987), and project manuals for Wise Library fire alarm system renovation (1992) and for Martin Hall facade renovation (1993). There are also 49 slides of historic sites in Ohio (ca. 1980s-1990s). (ca. 1900-1997; 10 in.)


  • Creation: 1900-2014


Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Researchers may access digitized and born digital materials by visiting the link attached to each item or by requesting to view the materials in person by appointment or remotely by contacting the West Virginia & Regional History Center reference department at

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please see the Permissions and Copyright page on the West Virginia and Regional History Center website.


14.67 Linear Feet (7 record cartons, 15 in. each); (12 document cases, 5 in. each); (2 document case, 2.5 in. each); (1 large flat storage box, 3 in.); (1 small flat storage box, 3 in.); (1 folder, .01 in.)

9.7 Gigabytes (24 files, formats include .iso, .pdf, .docx, .doc, and .ppt)




Papers of Barbara Howe, Professor of History and Director of the Women's Studies Center, documenting her extensive professional activities within West Virginia University and the WVU community involving history and women's concerns. Also contains addenda of 2012/01, 2013/02, 2014/05/03, and 2014/06/10. These addenda include newsletters, photographs, correspondence, and other material. See "Scope and Content Note" for details.

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

Separated Materials

The following have been separated to the Rare Books collection:

Fuqua, Vicky. A Congregational History and Memories of The Community Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) North Canton, Ohio. Versailles, KY: BPI Printing, 1990.

Singer, Armand E., ed. 500+ of Ward Marden's Favorite Limericks. Boston: Randy Billy Goat Press, 2004.

The following have been separated from addendum of 2014/05/23 to West Virginia and Regional History Center book shelves:

Cooking in the 90's. Waverly: G & R Publishing Company, ca. 1990.

Cooking with West Virginia Honey. West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

Home Grown Cooking with West Virginia Specialty Crops. West Virginia Department of Agriculture, 2013.

West Virginia State Chapter P.E.O. Cookbook. Iowa Falls: General Publishing and Binding, 1984.

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Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US