The Archives and Manuscripts division of the West Virginia and Regional History Center contains more than 4,000 collections consuming nearly 20,000 linear feet of shelf space. In addition to unmatched holdings regarding West Virginia's founding and political development, the collection preserves outstanding primary information resources regarding virtually all aspects of the state's economic, cultural, and social history from early settlement to the present.
Archives & Manuscripts (A&M) collections include:
Finding aids for the A&M collections are accessible through the searchable "Guide to Archives & Manuscripts Collections" database on the WVRHC's web site at http://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/.
Patrons can also consult the Guide to Manuscripts and Archives in the West Virginia Collection (1974, 1965, and 1958 editions) and the Parkinson Guide, all available at the WVRHC's reference desk, for descriptions of the archives and manuscripts holdings.
A finding aid describes a collection of archival records, personal papers, or manuscripts. It is a tool to help researchers determine if the materials in a collection relate to their research, find where materials are located, and understand and interpret the materials they are using. All of the WVRHC's online finding aids include a brief summary (abstract) of the collections they describe, and some include more detailed descriptions and inventories.
Each finding aid contains information on:
Some finding aids also include information on:
Access: Access is unrestricted.