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A manuscript dated May 1, 1863

Archives & Manuscripts

Archives and manuscripts holdings document West Virginia's founding, as well as all aspects of the state's economic, cultural, and social history. 

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West Virginia Books

The WVRHC contains a comprehensive collection of books and periodicals relating to West Virginia. 

A black-and-white photograph of miners in front of a WV Department of Mines sign

West Virginia History OnView

Thousands of digital images portray a variety of people and topics connected to West Virginia and the Appalachian region.

A WV newspaper with a photograph of a house on the page


The WVRHC holds the largest collection of historical West Virginia newspapers in existence.

A black-and-white photograph of a family of four on a porch swing


The WVRHC has a number of resources and tips for conducting genealogy research.