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Alston Gordon Dayton Papers

Collection Number: A&M 0052

Scope and Contents

The papers of prominent Barbour County native, Alston G. Dayton (1857-1920), a lawyer, politician, and West Virginia Federal Court Judge, including correspondence, professional papers and manuscripts concerning West Virginia politics and development of state industry. Also included are the papers of Dayton's father, Spencer Dayton, lawyer, and Fred O. Blue, lawyer. Correspondence offers much insight into the attitudes and goals of these men and into their considerable direct and indirect influence on the state's development and welfare.

A detailed paper guide to the Dayton-Woods collection (comprising the A&M collections 52, 206, 211, 215, 530, 741, 1066, 1111, 1216, 1445, 1723, 3022, and 3023) can be found in the control folder for A&M 0052. An electronic copy of the same guide is available through a curator at the History Center.


  • Creation: 1846-1930s


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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.


42.38 Linear Feet (101 document cases, 5 in. each; 1 oversize flat box, 3.5 in.)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Boxes 1-101 are stored offsite. Please make an appointment prior to visiting.

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:

Related A&M Collections

52, 206, 211, 215, 530, 741, 1066, 1111, 1216, 1445, 1723, 3022, 3023

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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