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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.

Plan your class in the archives

Students report that the materials in the Collection bring abstract concepts "to life." We 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.

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.

Explore the Digital Collections

Black-and-white photograph of Arch Moore and Shelley Moore behind a "Vote Tuesday" sign

Arch A. Moore Jr. and Shelley Moore Archives

Arch Moore Jr. and Shelley Riley Moore served the people of West Virginia for more than 30 years. The archives document Arch Moore’s career as a congressman and West Virginia’s only three-term governor, as well as Shelley Moore’s contributions as First Lady of West Virginia.

A black-and-white photograph of Jay Rockefeller

Senator Jay Rockefeller Digital Collection

Senator Jay Rockefeller served West Virginians for more than half a century. He came to West Virginia in 1964 as a VISTA volunteer. In West Virginia he served in the House of Delegates, as Secretary of State , President of West Virginia Wesleyan College, and as Governor. In 1984 he was elected to the U.S. Senate and retired in 2015.

Black-and-white photograph of Congressman Rahall and Senator Byrd cutting a ribbon

Congressman Nick Joe Rahall Digital Collection

Congressman Nick Joe Rahall II served the people and state of West Virginia for 38 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He was elected as a Democrat in 1976 to represent West Virginia’s Third District and was re-elected for nineteen terms, serving from January 3, 1977-January 2, 2015.