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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.

Congressional and Political Papers

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.

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Folk Music

Folk Music

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

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Maps, Atlases, and Gazetteers

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.

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Oral History

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.

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Public Records

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.

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Rare Books

Rare Books

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

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