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Virgil Anson Lewis, Historian, Papers

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.1507

Scope and Contents

Published and unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, and speeches of Virgil A. Lewis (1848-1912), the first state historian and archivist and a former state superintendent of schools. Subjects include the exploration, Indian wars, and settlement of Western Virginia; the Tory insurrection in the Valley of Lost River, 1781; the West Virginia new state movement; Masonry in West Virginia; Andrew S. Rowan; and various West Virginia authors. Correspondents include: George W. Atkinson, Waitman Barbe, Danske Dandridge, William M.O. Dawson, Granville D. Hall, Hu Maxwell, Mrs. Alexander McVeigh Miller, and Melville D. Post.

Contents List:

Box 1; Folders 1-5; Book Two, The Building of the Nation or The Rise and Progress of Constitutional Government in the United States, By Virgil A. Lewis

Box 1; Folders 6-7; Manuscripts, Notes, Etc., "A Documentary History of the Indian Wars in West Virginia." By Virgil A. Lewis

Box 1; Folder 8; The American Flag in History, or The Story of the Stars and Stripes, By Virgin A. Lewis

Box 2; Folders 1-2; Manuscripts & Documents on "The Tory Insurrection in the Valley of Lost River in 1781" and "John Carper, the Hunter of Lost River - A Tale of the Alleghenies" by Philip Pendleton Cook

Box 2; Folder 3; Methodism In West Virginia -- Notes, Manuscripts -- By Virgil A. Lewis (published October 1941)

Box 2; Folder 4; "Stuart's Memoirs of the Indian Wars and other occurrences and kindred papers."

Box 2; Folders 5-6; Masonic Material -- "Early Free Masonry in West Virginia" by Virgil A. Lewis, Miscellaneous Masonic Material

Box 2; Folder 7; "The Credibility of the Christian Story From the Standpoint of History" Read by Virgil A. Lewis before District Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church at Ravenswood, West Virginia, June 4, 1911

Box 2; Folder 8; "Manuscript" -- A History of Jamestown "By Virgil A. Lewis of Charleston."

Box 3; Folder 1; Miscellaneous Documents (folder 1 of 2; includes typescripts); Important Historical Data for History of Big Sandy Expedition

Box 3; Folder 1; Miscellaneous Documents (folder 1 of 2; includes typescripts); "Young Kate of The Rescue - A Tale of the Great Kanawha"

Box 3; Folder 1; Miscellaneous Documents (folder 1 of 2; includes typescripts); "Notes on the Indian Wars in Western Virginia"

Box 3; Folder 1; Miscellaneous Documents (folder 1 of 2; includes typescripts); "Indian Wars on the Ohio River of A Brief History of the Settlement at Bellville In Western Virginia..." by Samuel Preston Hildreth, 1839

Box 3; Folder 1; Miscellaneous Documents (folder 1 of 2; includes typescripts); Typewritten Extracts from Newspapers Concerning Governor Pierpont (Peirpoint) and the Restored Government of Virginia

Box 3; Folder 2; Miscellaneous Documents (folder 2 of 2; includes typescripts); Biographical and Historical Memoirs of the Pioneer Settlers of the State of Ohio... By S.P. Hildreth

Box 3; Folder 2; Miscellaneous Documents (folder 2 of 2; includes typescripts); Excerpts from the "Calendar of Virginia State Papers"

Box 3; Folder 3; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 1 of 4); Thomas Dunn English

Box 3; Folder 3; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 1 of 4); "Last Leaves from Public Documents of History of West Virginia"

Box 3; Folder 3; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 1 of 4); History of Beauchamp Family

Box 3; Folder 3; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 1 of 4); Education

Box 3; Folder 3; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 1 of 4); Notes, etc. on Records of the Revolutionary War

Box 3; Folder 3; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 1 of 4); Damon and Pythias

Box 3; Folder 4; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 2 of 4); Lecture (includes "Josephine," "Why the Boy Leaves the Farm," and "Take the Best"

Box 3; Folder 5; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 3 of 4); "Heroines of History"

Box 3; Folder 5; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 3 of 4); Odd Historical Data

Box 3; Folder 5; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 3 of 4); "Take the Best and Leave the Worst" by Lewis

Box 3; Folder 5; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 3 of 4); "Last Soldier of the Revolution"

Box 3; Folder 5; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 3 of 4); "Notes for "Upper Potomac Region in Colonial Times"

Box 3; Folder 5; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 3 of 4); Notes on Lafayette

Box 3; Folder 5; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 3 of 4); "A Word with the Boys and Girls"

Box 3; Folder 6; Miscellaneous Addresses, Articles on West Virginia, etc., by Virgil A. Lewis (folder 4 of 4)

Box 3; Folder 7; Newspaper Clippings, Etc.

Box 3; Folder 8; Various Articles Written by Lewis on West Virginia Subjects (folder 1 of 2); "Early Newspapers in the Virginias"

Box 3; Folder 8; Various Articles Written by Lewis on West Virginia Subjects (folder 1 of 2); "James Rumsey; and Early Steam Navigation on West Virginia Rivers"

Box 3; Folder 8; Various Articles Written by Lewis on West Virginia Subjects (folder 1 of 2); "Letart Falls in History"

Box 4; Folder 1; Various Articles Written by Lewis on West Virginia Subjects (folder 2 of 2); "The Big Sandy River Expedition Against the Shawnee Indians..." (contains typescript and manuscript material)

Box 4; Folder 2; Correspondence; ca. 1895-1912

Box 4; Folder 3; Miscellaneous (includes biographical sketch, miscellaneous printed material, news clippings of Mr. Lewis, Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1896)

Box 4; Folder 4; Ledger (contains important historical dates and Indian/Native American Geography [names])

Box 5; Folders 1-2; Methodism in West Virginia

Box 5; Folder 3; "Biographical Sketch of Samuel Kercheval, Historian of the Valley"

Dates

  • 1895-1912

Creator

Language of Materials

English

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 contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Extent

1.75 Linear Feet (Summary: 1 ft. 8 1/2 in. (3 document cases, 5 in.); (1 document case, 2 1/2 in.); (1 small flat storage box, 3 in.))

Overview

Published and unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, and speeches of Virgil A. Lewis (1848-1912), the first state historian and archivist and a former state superintendent of schools. Subjects include the exploration, Indian wars, and settlement of Western Virginia; the Tory insurrection in the Valley of Lost River, 1781; the West Virginia new state movement; Masonry in West Virginia; Andrew S. Rowan; and various West Virginia authors. Correspondents include: George W. Atkinson, Waitman Barbe, Danske Dandridge, William M.O. Dawson, Granville D. Hall, Hu Maxwell, Mrs. Alexander McVeigh Miller, and Melville D. Post. See Scope and Content Note for contents list.

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: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/
Title
Virgil Anson Lewis, Historian, Papers, 1895-1912
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536