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West Virginia War History Commission, World War II Records

Collection Number: A&M.0109
Records of the West Virginia War History Commission and the state, local, and national branches of the Office of Civilian Defense. Material within this collection documents civilian activities on the homefront during World War II in the state of West Virginia. The collection contains correspondence, publications, pamphlets, maps, posters, newspapers and clippings, radio scripts, and other material. The collection also contains 19 reels of microfilm regarding the Monongalia Office of Civil Defense. The collection includes 10 series.


  • 1928-1946
  • Majority of material found within 1941-1945


Language of Materials


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.


27.1 Linear Feet (Summary: 27 ft. 1 in. (44 document cases, 5 in. each); (15 document cases, 2 1/2 in. each); (3 records cartons, 15 in. each); (1 large flat storage box, 3 1/2 in.); (4 large flat storage boxes, 3 in. each); (3 oversize scrapbooks, 2 in. each); (storage tube, 1 in.); (19 reels of microfilm))

Biographical / Historical

This collection was compiled by the West Virginia War History Commission, which was organized in 1943 to collect and preserve a record of West Virginia and her citizens and their activities during World War II.
Much of the material within this collection regards the Office of Civilian Defense, which was created in May 1941 to coordinate federal and state measures for the protection of civilians in the case of war, to maintain civilian morale, and to encourage civilians to volunteer in the office's efforts.

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

103, 109, 1705

Separated Materials

Office of Civilian Defense Mountaineer Defense newspapers (1940s) separated to Printed Ephemera Collection as P3180 -- see list of issues in control folder.
West Virginia War History Commission, World War II Records, 1928-1946
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US