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Hatfield Family Papers

Collection Number: A&M 4490

Scope and Contents

Papers and artifacts of the Hatfield family of southwest West Virginia, as compiled by their descendants. Best known for the Hatfield and McCoy feud during the late 19th century, this collection is connected to Devil “Anse” Hatfield, his wife Louvisa Hatfield, and four of their 13 children: Elias, Tennyson (“Tennis”), Joseph Davis (“J.D.”), and Detroit (“Troy”). The most common types of materials found in the collection are newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and later academic writings on the Hatfield and McCoy feud. To complement the archival material, biographical and online print outs have been included in the collection by the donor. When possible, we have kept the original order of photographs, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. Most of the content is regarding the everyday life of the Hatfields and their extended family, including the children’s experiences working for the Pocahontas Coal Company, holiday and greeting cards, delinquent account notices, and land deeds.
Record Series include
Series 1. Correspondence, 1894-2000, undated.
Series 2. Legal and Financial Documents, 1872- 1983, undated.
Series 3. Printed Material, 1897-2019, undated.
Series 4. Photographs, ca. 1900-1940, undated.
Series 5. Oversized Materials, 1824-1995, undated.
Series 6. Artifacts, 1928-2003, undated.


  • Creation: ca. 1842-2019


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.


3.75 Linear Feet (3 ft. 9 in. (2 document case, 5 in. each); (3 document case, 2 1/2 in. each); (1 record carton, 15 in.); (2 flat storage boxes, 3 in. each); (1 flat storage box, 3 1/2 in.); (2 flat storage boxes, 1 1/2 in. each))



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:

Hatfield Family Papers
Jane LaBarbara
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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