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Modern Congressional and Political Papers Collection
The Modern Congressional and Political Papers Collection preserves the papers of members of Congress, political parties, and state and local political actors in the 20th and 21st centuries. The papers document federal, state, and local government activities. They reflect relationships and interactions among members of legislative bodies, other branches of government, and the people, and they provide an account of issues of state, regional, and national importance.
Start your research here.
With more than 7,000 feet of records, the Modern Congressional and Political Papers Collection contains some of the largest collections at the Center. Begin your search in the Guide to Archives and Manuscripts and contact us when you're ready for the next step. Most collections are stored offsite and require 48-hours advance notice for use. Read more about research in congressional archives.
Plan your class with the archives.
Students report that the materials in the Collection bring abstract concepts to life. The Assistant Curator can tailor instruction for both undergraduate and graduate courses to focus on a specific policy or issue, the legislative process, or the use of primary source and archival materials. Read more about instruction with congressional archives.
Learn about our special projects.
WVU Libraries' WVRHC is leading the way to preserve congressional correspondence data through the America Contacts Congress project, made possible by a LYRASIS Catalyst Fund grant.
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The People's Branch
Congressman Nick Rahall
Congressman Nick Joe Rahall II served the people and state of West Virginia for 38 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.