We seek enthusiastic volunteers who can apply their skills, interests, and experiences to a wide variety of projects, including reference work, genealogy, photographs, and more.
Individuals interested in becoming volunteers are invited to fill out a volunteer application noting the position(s) for which they are best suited. An application form is available for submission online, and can also be downloaded or printed. The candidate will have an interview with a member of the WVRHC staff. During the interview, we will discuss the volunteer's interests and experience and will provide a general overview of the WVRHC and a thorough explanation of each service area in the volunteer program. Training programs and time requirements will also be discussed.
Archival Assistant Volunteers will help process and maintain archives and manuscript collections under the supervision of the Archivist. This may include: arranging documents, compiling inventories, preparing collections for microfilming, transcription, reboxing, and making minor repairs.
Rare Books Assistant Volunteers will help the Associate Curator with the WVU Libraries' Rare Book Room. Duties may include inventorying, basic book preservation, display creation, reshelving, and research.
Genealogy Assistant Volunteers will help with all aspects of the WVRHC's extensive holdings of genealogical materials. Duties may include helping patrons with genealogical research, doing searches for specific requests, preparing genealogy indexes, and helping with interlibrary loan.
Library Assistant Volunteers will work with the general book and microform collections. Duties may include searching for information about upcoming books or periodicals about West Virginia, reshelving and shifting collections as needed, helping prepare books and periodicals for binding and cataloging, helping catalog our pamphlet collection, and assisting with interlibrary loan.
Reference Desk Assistant Volunteers will greet and register visitors to the WVRHC and answer basic reference questions about our holdings.
Photograph Assistant Volunteers will help maintain the WVRHC's extensive photograph collection. Duties may include refiling photos and processing photograph collections under the direction of WVRHC staff.
Sound Archives Assistant Volunteers will work with our folk music and oral histories collections. Duties may include copying recordings, preparing indexes and catalogs, and transcribing recordings.
Microfilm Assistant Volunteers might help microfilm collection materials, reshelve and repair film, maintain equipment, prepare inventories to microfilm collections, or assist patrons with microfilm as needed. No prior knowledge of microphotography or microfilm maintenance is required.
Special Projects Assistant Volunteers will be assigned various projects, which may include helping with exhibits, newsletters and other mass mailings, arrangements for West Virginia Day, tours of the Center, research on a particular topic assigned by staff, etc.
Clerical Assistant Volunteers will help with various clerical assignments at the WVRHC including typing, filing, photocopying, sorting mail, etc.
The duties of any volunteer position at the WVRHC may include retrieving collections, copying materials, and assisting patrons as needed. If there is something you want to volunteer to do at the WVRHC that you don’t see listed here, please let us know!
Volunteer workers putting up a shed at Miners Cemetery.
Note: Volunteering at WVRHC does not typically involve manual labor.
The West Virginia and Regional History Association was conceived in the summer of 1985 to help promote the WVRHC's work in preserving the history of West Virginia and the central Appalachian Region. Through our partnership with history enthusiasts like you, we are able to care for priceless collections and continue making West Virginia history accessible to the general public.
Association members receive our biannual newsletter, which includes information about historical projects and activities at the WVRHC and around the state, announcements of newly acquired resources at the WVRHC, and articles on assorted subjects in West Virginia history.
The cost of regular membership is low - just $10 annually - to encourage broad participation. Those who would like to assume a larger role in furthering the Association's goals are urged to join at the Associate ($25), Donor ($50), or Patron ($100) level.
To join, simply send your check to:
West Virginia and Regional History Center
P.O. Box 6069, West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506
Checks should be payable to: West Virginia University Foundation.