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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.
Benefits of Volunteering at the WVRHC
- A deeper understanding of West Virginia history through access to reference materials, close working relationships with professional staff, and training sessions.
- Invitations to all WVRHC functions, including West Virginia Day and various exhibitions sponsored by the WVRHC.
- A free subscription to the WVRHC Newsletter.
- Access to behind-the-scenes areas of the WVRHC related to volunteer service.
- An opportunity to be part of a group of people who are interested in preserving West Virginia history and sharing it with the public.
How to Apply
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 and printed. The candidate will have an interview with a member of the WVRHC staff to discuss the volunteer's interests and experience and provide a general overview of the WVRHC. Training and time requirements will also be discussed.
Volunteer Positions Available
Archives & Manuscripts 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.
Clerical Assistant Volunteers will help with various clerical assignments at the WVRHC including typing, filing, photocopying, sorting mail, etc.
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.
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!
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.