The WVRHC collects, preserves, and provides public access to materials that show the history and culture of West Virginia and the central Appalachian region.  With over 20,000 linear feet (that's over 3.7 miles of shelf space) of primary source material (including personal papers, photos, pamphlets, business records, and more), multiple terabytes of digital content, books, microfilm, audio recordings, and more, there is always something new to discover!  We invite you to explore our collections, in person or online.

Physical Collections

Physical collections of the WVRHC include oral histories, folk music, West Virginia newspapers and books, personal and business papers (our Archives & Manuscripts collections), maps, printed ephemera, public records (including county court records), and rare books.

Digital Collections

See a selection of digital collections as well as physical exhibits displayed at the WVRHC in the past few years.

Subject Guides

WVRHC staff members have compiled guides to help you research genealogy, state and local history, and military history.