We have reopened to the public. Many of our collections will require an appointment, so please read about our our new procedures. Masks are required of all patrons during their visit to the WVRHC. The University is strongly recommending the use of KN95 masks which provide an additional protection. Layering of masks and surgical masks are also better than a single cloth mask.
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Explore Our History
The West Virginia & Regional History Center collects, preserves, and provides public access to materials that show the history and culture of West Virginia and the central Appalachian region.Read More About Our Collections.
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Please note that on Saturdays, only the main reading room and microfilm room are open-- manuscripts and rare books are not available.
Archives and manuscripts holdings document West Virginia's founding, as well as all aspects of the state's economic, cultural, and social history.
The WVRHC contains a comprehensive collection of books and periodicals relating to West Virginia.
Thousands of digital images portray a variety of people and topics connected to West Virginia and the Appalachian region.
The WVRHC holds the largest collection of historical West Virginia newspapers in existence.
The WVRHC has a number of resources and tips for conducting genealogy research.