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Our collection includes a variety of works with compilations of brief biographies on West Virginians of state and local prominence, to assist in locating important people:

Bench and Bar of West Virginia (1919)

Prominent Men of West Virginia (1890)

West Virginia Women (1974)

Missing Chapters: West Virginia Women in History (2 volumes, 1983 and 1986)

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Biography of West Virginia (1894)

Who's Who on the Ohio River and Its Tributaries (1931)

Men of West Virginia (1903)

Outstanding West Virginians of 1969-1970 (1969)

Talent and Courage: Outstanding West Virginia Women in the 1990s (1992)

Progressive West Virginians (1905 and 1923)

West Virginia Today (1941)

West Virginians: A Work of Biography (1928)

West Virginians of 1934-1935 (1935)

Who's Who in West Virginia (1916, 1939, and 1983)

Additional sources for biography include the Personal Name Index, a card index for 50 works of West Virginia history, and the West Virginia Civil War Union Soldiers Index. Both are in the WVRHC's main reading room. The West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia is also an excellent source for biographical sketches of hundreds of West Virginians.