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Overview

The West Virginia and Regional History Center holds the largest collection of historical West Virginia newspapers in existence, dating from 1791 to the present. We have a large collection of microfilmed newspapers, some physical copies of newspapers, and some digitized newspapers that are available online.

Find out about West Virginia newspapers available online.

Find out about West Virginia newspapers available in person at the WVRHC.


Digitized Newspapers by Location


WV Newspapers Online

Some of our West Virginia newspaper holdings can be accessed online through the Chronicling America website hosted by the Library of Congress.  A list of newspapers currently available is below, organized by city--more will be coming soon! 

Charleston:

Charles Town:

Clarksburg:

Martinsburg:

  • American Union (single issue of a Civil War paper printed by Union troops on July 4, 1861) -- coming soon!

Morgantown:

Point Pleasant:

Weston:

Wheeling:

West Virginia Newspapers at the WVRHC

Most of the WVRHC newspaper collection is on microfilm and can be found by searching our online catalog (see Searching for Newspapers, below).

Some of the newspapers that were microfilmed only had a few issues per paper – these can be found in our “Miscellaneous Newspaper Microfilm,” which is not searchable through our online catalog.  The index to the WVRHC Miscellaneous Newspaper Microfilm is available here.

In addition to microfilmed newspapers, the WVRHC also has some original newspapers, which are not listed in the online catalog.  A list of these newspapers can be found here in our WVRHC Original Newspaper List.

If you have trouble using either of these resources, you can call the WVRHC at 1-304-293-3536.

Searching for Newspapers:

Users can research the Center's holdings using the WVU Libraries' online catalog, MountainLynx.

To determine newspaper holdings for a particular West Virginia city or town, combine the word 'newspaper' with the name of the town in a keyword search.  Example: charleston newspaper

If you do not find the results you are looking for, help is available in the library at service desks or online at Ask a Librarian.

Recent Issues:

Current issues of West Virginia newspapers are available in the Periodicals Department on the 2nd level of the Downtown Library Complex until they are transferred to the WVRHC. For a list of currently received newspaper titles, please see the West Virginia Newspapers: Current Subscriptions. The list includes links to websites for West Virginia newspapers.

The Charleston newspapers are the only papers that are indexed on a regular basis. Please see Charleston Newspapers' News Library for access to this index. Also, the Charleston Newspaper Index from 1973 to 1988 is available in book format.  Other indexes available in book format are for Clarksburg newspapers for the years 1810 to 1825, Kanawha Valley newspapers from 1855 to 1865, the Martinsburg Gazette published from 1810 to 1855, and Mannington newspapers from 1890 to 1899.

Borrowing or Buying Newspaper Microfilm:

Because of the high demand for access to the newspaper collection, only duplicate reels of newspaper microfilm are available through Interlibrary Loan. Please see our Interlibrary Loan page for our Duplicate Microfilm Inventories.

Duplicate copies of West Virginia newspaper microfilms that were microfilmed by the WVU Libraries are available at a charge of $75 per roll, and can be ordered using the Microfilm Reproduction Request Form.

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