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Researching West Virginia History: Home


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: 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!

West Virginia Primary Sources

West Virginia History OnView

Nearly 55,000 digital images from the WVRHC collection


Additional WVRHC digital collections

Curated digital collections of WVRHC materials


WVU Libraries Digital Collections

County histories, city directories, as well as many WVU materials hosted on the Internet Archive


West Virginia Newspapers

Here you can navigate to West Virginia Newspapers that are available online through the Library of Congress's Chronicling America Project


West Virginia Newspapers powered by Potomac State College

Features newspapers from the Eastern Panhandle of the State


Newspaper Archive

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.


Resources by County

An assortment of digitized material from West Virginia Archives and History, arranged by county


West Virginia State Guide

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


Journals and Magazines

West Virginia History 1939-2006

Unfortunately, the WVRHC collection of West Virginia History is non-circulating, so you will have to book an appointment to see volumes of interest.


West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies 2007-Present


Goldenseal, the magazine of West Virginia traditional life

While not available online, most volumes are available in the Appalachian Collection. Be sure to check the index to find the articles that are most relevant to your research.


Genealogical resources


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.


Vital Records

Additionally, through West Virginia Archives and History, you can search West Virginia Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates.

Online Exhibitions

West Virginia Day exhibitions

Check out the 2009-2018 exhibitions held at the WVRHC


West Virginia Archives & History

Online exhibitions from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History

General Resources

Citation style guides: refer to these for any questions you may have about citing primary sources. You could also try a citation manager!

If you have any questions about copyright, this LibGuide should answer your questions. If not, please send us an email and we will try to answer your question.