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Zinn Family Papers

Collection Number: A&M 3994


Digital copies of papers of the Zinn family of Preston County, West Virginia, including legal documents and genealogical records. Legal documents include a letter of attorney, indentures, deeds, stock certificates, and surveys of property. Genealogical records include a handwritten record of births, a page from a family bible recording births and marriages, and a typescript regarding the history of the Zinn family. Frequently mentioned names include Isaac Dean and George Zinn. The collection also includes an 1867 letter of commendation to George Zinn; it accompanied a medal awarded for service in the Civil War. This collection consists only of digital scans of the original documents. The collection also includes a digital version of an autobiographical account by Thomas E. Zinn titled "Sea Stories From My Time in the United States Navy" regarding his experiences as a naval and commercial pilot in the period ca. 1950s-1970s.


  • Creation: 1827-1959


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Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Researchers may access digitized and born digital materials 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.


2.07 Gigabytes (46 files, formats include .tif and .docx)

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

To book collection:

Paper copy of "Sea Stories From My Time in the United States Navy" by Thomas E. Zinn, CDR, USNR (Ret.), regarding service during 1957-1966, printed from electronic file. Electronic file is archived within this collection.


Zinn Family Papers, 1827-1959
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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