Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Virginia and Regional History Center is open by appointment to WVU students, staff, and faculty only. However, we are hopeful that the material in the guide will help you conduct West Virginia related research from home. While most of this material can be accessed from off-campus, there are some materials that require a visit to the WVRHC. If you are not affiliated with WVU, please email please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to connect to our reference staff.
Remember: we only have what was written down, what was kept, what was acquired by the repository, what was retained by the archivists, and most importantly at this time, what has been made available digitally. The resources shared here are not exhaustive, nor are they complete!
Nearly 55,000 digital images from the WVRHC collection
Curated digital collections of WVRHC materials
County histories, city directories, as well as many WVU materials hosted on the Internet Archive
Here you can navigate to West Virginia Newspapers that are available online through the Library of Congress's Chronicling America Project
Features newspapers from the Eastern Panhandle of the State
In addition to the LOC newspaper collection, the WVU Libraries are currently trialing this additional newspaper archive. It is not West Virginia specific, but does include some papers not included in the Chronicling America Project.
An assortment of digitized material from West Virginia Archives and History, arranged by county
A wide variety of primary sources held by the Library of Congress - including maps, Statehood documents, Federal Writers' Project manuscripts, and an African-American pamphlet collection
Unfortunately, the WVRHC collection of West Virginia History is non-circulating, so you will have to book an appointment to see volumes of interest.
A wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research, including United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more.
Historical documents collections, most never before available before on the Internet, relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U S Presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents.
Additionally, through West Virginia Archives and History, you can search West Virginia Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates.