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Vaughn L. Kiger, Collector, Historical Photographs and Records Regarding Morgantown

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.3950

Scope and Contents

Historical and contemporary photographs and records collected by Vaughn L. Kiger, resident of Morgantown. The bulk of the collection pertains to Morgantown, West Virginia and the surrounding area. Includes correspondence, photographs, clippings, ephemera, printed material, artifacts, scrapbooks, artwork, architectural drawings, maps, broadsides, and other materials. Subjects include the history of businesses and individuals in Morgantown and the surrounding area, including the Lemley, Ley, and Robison/Robinson families; West Virginia University (WVU) history; Kiger's real estate career; political campaigns; and Morgantown High School, among others.

Series include:
Series 1. Correspondence; 1784, 1850-1890s, ca. 1925-1928, 1950s-2005, undated; boxes 1-3B.
Series 2. Lemley Family Material; 1861, ca. 1928-1970s, undated; boxes 4-9.
Series 3. Photographs; 1870s-1960s, 1998-2002, undated; boxes 10-14.
Series 4. Ley Family Material; 1856-1956, undated; box 15.
Series 5. Subjects; 2003-2004, undated; box 16.
Series 6. Printed Material; 1867, 1902-2005, undated; boxes 17-20.
Series 7. Ephemera; 1854-1959, undated; boxes 21-22.
Series 8. Artifacts; ca. 1914-1920, ca. 2006, undated; boxes 23-24.
Series 9. Scrapbooks; ca. 1880s-1988; boxes 25-27.
Series 10. Oversize; 1785-1829, 1871-2010s, undated (bulk 1880-1940); boxes 28-64, items 1-26, and map cabinet folders.
Series 11. Addendum of 2014/07/28; 1798-1853, 1896, undated; box 64 folders 1-2.
Series 12. Addendum of 2016/08/16; ca. 1838-2012; boxes 65-77, and two unboxed items.
Series 13. Addendum of 2017/07/19; 1859-1992, undated; boxes 77-87.
Series 14. Addendum of 2017/11/09; 1878-1990, undated; boxes 88-100.
Series 15. Addendum of 2017/12/12; 1903-1992, undated; boxes 101-102, and one unboxed item (fraternity cane).
Series 16. Addendum of 2018/07/02; 1903-2002; boxes 103-104.
Series 17. Addendum of 2018/07/09; 1879-1927; box 105.
Series 18. Addendum of 2018/09/13, 1886, 1971-1983, undated; box 105-106.

Dates

  • 1784 - ca. 2010s
  • Majority of material found within ca. 1880s - 2010

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.

Biographical / Historical

Vaughn L. Kiger is a realtor from Morgantown, West Virginia. He and his wife, Meredith, both attended West Virginia University. He graduated from the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences in 1966, where he also joined the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He later attended the University of Virginia and completed the Graduate REALTORS Institute program. He joined the firm Dorsey & Kiger Realtors (then J. Dorsey Real Estate) in 1967, and became its president in 1979. He is also past president of the Morgantown Branch of Old Colony REALTORS. He has served in various leadership positions in the field of real estate, including president of the Morgantown Board of REALTORS, chairman of the West Virginia Real Estate Commission, and president of the West Virginia Association of REALTORS. He also has ties in the banking industry.

Kiger has also served his alma mater in various capacities. He served six years on the WVU Alumni Council (now WVU Alumni Board of Directors), serving one year as president; six years on the WVU Board of Advisors, serving one year as chairman; five years on the WVU Board of Governors, serving one year as chairman; and has served as a committee member of the WVU Alumni Association's Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund Trust.

Kiger has received numerous awards, including REALTOR of the Year (1987), Phi Sigma Kappa Outstanding Alumnus (1991), Distinguished West Virginian (1984 and 1994), WVU Alumni Association's Outstanding Alumnus (2002), and Order of Vandalia (2006)--WVU's highest award for outstanding service.

Vaughn L. Kiger is first cousins once removed with Samuel N. Lemley. Icie Lemley (nee Kiger) was Vaughn's great aunt and a sister of Vaughn's grandfather, Arvel Kiger Sr. Arvel and Icie's parents were Isaac N. Kiger and Elizabeth J. John.

Extent

36.7 Linear Feet (Summary: 36 ft. 8 in. (31 document cases, 5 in. each); (19 document cases, 2 1/2 in. each); (4 records carton, 15 in. each); (1 large flat storage box, 5 in.); (21 large flat storage boxes, 3 1/2 in. each); (10 large flat storage boxes, 3 in. each); (2 small flat storage boxes, 3 in. each); (17 flat storage boxes, 1 1/2 in. each); (4 large flat storage boxes, 1 in. each) (1 artifact box, 6 in.); (1 notecard box, 4 in.); (6 oversize folders, 1 in.); (unfoldered items, 24 in. total))

Overview

Historical and contemporary photographs and records collected by Vaughn L. Kiger, resident of Morgantown. The bulk of the collection pertains to Morgantown, West Virginia and the surrounding area. Includes correspondence, photographs, clippings, ephemera, printed material, artifacts, scrapbooks, artwork, architectural drawings, maps, broadsides, and other materials. Subjects include the history of businesses and individuals in Morgantown and the surrounding area, including the Lemley, Ley, and Robison/Robinson families; West Virginia University (WVU) history; Kiger's real estate career; political campaigns; and Morgantown High School, among others. See Historical Note for more information on Vaughn L. Kiger.

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/

Separated Materials

Two volumes of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, one from 1927 and one from 1927 with corrections to the 1950s, have been separated to A&M 1307.

Phi Sigma Kappa materials separated to A&M 3917 as addendum of 2014/06/17.

A book on Revolutionary Pensions of Monongalia County was separated to the book collection at the History Center.

The following were separated to the printed ephemera collection:

"Women's Edition of the New Dominion, Morgantown, W. Va.", 1896

West Virginia University Football Schedule, 1934

Foot Ball Program, Morgantown High vs. Masontown High, 1934

Announcement for Town Meeting with Senator Jay Rockefeller, Morgantown, W. Va., undated

"Tales From the Tower: If Woodburn Hall Could Speak" by Barbara Howe, 1997.

"When Tidewater Invaded the Valley" by Lucy Johnston Ambler, 1934 (regarding John Brown)

"The Story of Kenmore" by Vivian Fleming, 1924 (regarding George Washington and a Fredericksburg plantation)

"Wakefield, Birthplace of George Washington" by Charles Moore, 1932

"The Washington Manor House" by Ethel Armes, 1922 (home of George Washington's ancestors)

The following were separated to the main book collection:

Byrd, Robert C. The Senate, 1789-1989: Vol. 3, Classic Speeches, 1830-1993. Edited by Wendy Wolff. Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 1994.

Byrd, Robert C. and Wendy Wolff. The Senate, 1789-1989: Vol. 4, Historical Statistics, 1789-1992. Edited by Wendy Wolff. Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 1993.

Butcher, Bernard L., and James M. Callahan. Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley, West Virginia, Under the Editorial Supervision of Bernard L. Butcher: With an Account of the Resources and Industries of the Upper Monongahela Valley and the Tributary Region. New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1912.

One copy of the WVU student handbook, 1915.
Title
Vaughn L. Kiger, Collector, Historical Photographs and Records Regarding Morgantown, 1784 - ca. 2010s
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Date
2013/08/02
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
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Language of description note
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