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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:

1.) Schneider Family

2.) Lutz Correspondence

3.) Oral Histories--Transcriptions

4.) News clippings

5.) Genealogy

6.) Research Material

7.) Philatelic Material

8.) Subjects

9.) Ephemera

10.) Aegerter Papers

11.) Aegerter Photographs with Index

12.) Aegerter Photographs from Album

13.) Aegerter Photographs from Box

14.) Hofer Photographs

15.) Oversize Material

16.) Oral Histories--Tapes

17.) Glass Plates--Aegerter

18.) Glass Plates--Hofer

19.) Funeral Programs and Obituaries

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


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

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Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

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))


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