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David H. Sutton, Compiler, Research Papers regarding Helvetia, West Virginia

Collection Number: A&M 3687

Scope and Contents

The collection contains material in 19 series, including:

Series 1. Schneider Family
Series 2. Lutz Correspondence
Series 3. Oral Histories -- Transcriptions
Series 4. News clippings
Series 5. Genealogy
Series 6. Research Material
Series 7. Philatelic Material
Series 8. Subjects
Series 9. Ephemera
Series 10. Aegerter Papers
Series 11. Aegerter Photographs with Index
Series 12. Aegerter Photographs from Album
Series 13. Aegerter Photographs from Box
Series 14. Hofer Photographs
Series 15. Oversize Material
Series 16. Oral Histories -- Tapes
Series 17. Glass Plates -- Aegerter
Series 18. Glass Plates -- Hofer
Series 19. Funeral Programs and Obituaries

An album of Ruth Ramsey Marti's postcard correspondence from 1910-1918 can be found in A&M 3819.


  • Creation: 1835-2010
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1890-1925, 1979

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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.


6.75 Linear Feet (6 ft. 9 in. (5 document cases, 5 in. each); (2 document cases, 2 1/2 in. each); (1 records carton, 15 in.); (1 flat storage box, 3 in.); (3 card boxes, 5 in. each))

1.34 Gigabytes (89 files in .tif and .jpg formats)


Research papers compiled by David H. Sutton documenting the early history of Helvetia, West Virginia, including information regarding the work, recreation, and genealogy of Helvetia's early settlers. The collection includes family papers, letters, oral histories, genealogies, photographs, and other material, regarding the Schneider, Aegerter, Hofer, Favri, and other families. Of special interest are the oral histories conducted and compiled by David Sutton of Helvetia citizens who were residents during the community's formative years (ca. 1880-1900); the interviews cover farming, education, recreation, and food, among other topics. In addition, there is a photocopy facsimile and transcription of an advertisement from 1873 designed to attract settlement to Helvetia by describing the location of the community, job opportunities, wages, terrain, and seasonal weather, among other topics.

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

Books separated to the WVC Rare Books Collection:

Bollinger, Theodore P., ed. History of Saint John's Classis. Cleveland: Central Pub. House, 1921.

Frey, Heinrich. Schweizer Brevier: Was Ich Von Meiner Heimat Wissen Muss. Bern: Bitterli, 1947.

Keller, Paul. Unsere Schweizerlieder: 118 Volks Und Nationallieder Fur Klavier Allein Oder Fur Gesang Und Klavier = Nos Chants Suisses = I Nostri Canti Svizzeri. Lausanne: Foetisch, 1931.


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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