Physical Collections

Listed below are some of the many collections of material held at the WVRHC. Also, please see our collections with digital content and guides to research on additional topics.

Appalachian Collection

The Appalachian Collection is on the third floor of the Wise Library in the James V. and Ann Pozega Milano Reading Room.

Congressional and Political Papers

The WVRHC collects and preserves the most significant body of deposited personal papers of West Virginia governors, legislators, and members of the U.S. Congress within the state’s borders.

Drawings of David Hunter Strother

On the eve of the Civil War David Hunter Strother was possibly the best known graphic artist in America. The nation's leading art journal, The Crayon, hailed him as "one of best draughtsmen this country possesses." This digital resource consists of a pdf of drawings by David Hunter Strother from the West Virginia & Regional History Center.

Folk Music

The West Virginia and Regional History Center possesses the finest collection of early field recordings of folk music in existence.

Maps, Atlases, and Gazetteers

The West Virginia and Regional History Center has a variety of maps available in an extensive collection of individual maps, Archives & Manuscripts collections, atlases, and history books.

Oral History

The West Virginia and Regional History Center possesses a large and diverse collection of oral history recordings documenting the culture and history of West Virginia and the surrounding region.  Most interviews were conducted and recorded from the 1940s to the 1980s.

Pearl S. Buck Collection

WVU Libraries and the West Virginia & Regional History Center celebrates author and Nobel Laureate, Pearl S. Buck's collection of work.

Printed Ephemera Collection

The online finding aid contains more than 11,700 records representing more than 63,000 ephemera items, more than 830 of which are digitized for online viewing.

Public Records

The West Virginia and Regional History Center has early Virginia county records, the Historical Records Survey, West Virginia County Court Records, and federal census records from 1810-1930 available on microfilm and/or soundex.

Rare Books

Experience centuries old and one-of-a-kind books.  The collection is particularly strong in literature, history, religion, philosophy, and natural history.

University Archives

The WVRHC is the home of WVU's University Archives, which includes collections of material related to WVU's offices, faculty, student organizations, etc. 

West Virginia Books

The WVRHC holds the most comprehensive collection of books and periodicals relating to West Virginia in existence.

West Virginia Newspapers

The West Virginia and Regional History Center holds the largest collection of historical West Virginia newspapers in existence.