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The West Virginia and Regional History Center contains the most comprehensive collection of books and periodicals relating to West Virginia in existence. Subject areas of special strength include state and local history, the Civil War, biography, economic and industrial history, genealogy, literature and the arts. The book collection is non-circulating and is restricted to use in the WVRHC Reading Room only. In addition to bound books, the collection also includes journals, publications on microfilm, and audiovisual media.

The catalog to the WVRHC book collection is included in the WVU Libraries online catalog, MountainLynx. In Mountainlynx, you can limit your search to material contained in the WVRHC by setting the “Limit to:” box to “WV & Regional History Center.”  Please note that Subject searches will not work with the “Limit to:” settings.

Description of the Collection

Materials are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system. The system divides materials into ten classes, listed below with highlights from the WVRHC’s collections. Call numbers are in bold.

000-099 includes bibliographies and library operations.

  • Forbes, Harold M. West Virginia history: a bibliography and guide to research (1981) 016.9754 F743w
  • Shetler, Charles. West Virginia Civil War literature; an annotated bibliography (1963) 016.9754 S59w
  • Sypolt, Larry N. Civilian Conservation Corps: a selectively annotated bibliography (2005) 016.33372 Sy79c
  • Pugh, Mary Jo. Providing reference services for archives & manuscripts (2005) 025.5 P963p

100-199 includes philosophy, paranormal phenomena, logic, and the ethics of consumption.

  • Journal of the West Virginia Philosophical Society (1970-1979) 106 W52j
  • Gavenda, Walter. A guide to haunted West Virginia (2001) 133.1 G242g
  • Cunningham, H. E. Textbook of logic (1924) 160 C917t
  • Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Minutes of the convention (1886-1981) 178.06 W84m

200-299 includes religious serial publications, autobiographical and biographical works on religious leaders, proceedings and minutes of religious organizations, and studies of religious practices.

  • Millennial Harbinger (1830-1870) 205 M61c
  • Memoirs of Alexander Campbell (1868) 286.6 YC152r
  • Wrather, Eva Jean. Alexander Campbell: adventurer in freedom: a literary biography (2009) 286.6 YC15w
  • Snyder, Lewis Leroy. Alexander Campbell as a change agent within the Stone-Campbell movement from 1830-1840 (1988) 286.6 YC152m
  • Minutes of the Western Virginia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church 287.6 M56r
  • Brown, Fred W. The serpent handlers: three families and their faith (2007) 289.9 B813se

300-399 includes labor studies, politics, law, economics, social organizations, education, and folklore.

Labor Studies

  • U.S. Senate. Committee on Interstate Commerce. Conditions in the Coal Fields of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio (1928) 331.272 Un3c
  • Gorn, Elliott J. Mother Jones: the most dangerous woman in America (2001) 331.881 YJ721go
  • Savage, Lon. Thunder in the mountains. (1986) 331.892 Sa93t
  • Sullivan, Charles Kenneth. Coal men and coal towns: development of the smokeless coalfields of southern West Virginia, 1873-1923 (1989) 331.272 Su438 1989
  • Annual Report of the State Inspector of Mines (1883-) 331.7622 MW 52r

Politics and Government

  • Loughry, Allen H.  ‘Don't buy another vote. I won't pay for a landslide”: the sordid and continuing history of political corruption in West Virginia (2006) 324.27 L929d  2006
  • West Virginia Legislative Handbook and Manual and Official Register “The Blue Book” (1916-) 317.54 W52
  • Biennial Report of the West Virginia Bureau of Negro Welfare and Statistics (1921-1952) 326.73 W52r
  • Sims’ Index to land grants in West Virginia (1952) 333.34 W52s

Historical Legal Materials

  • Debates and proceedings of the First Constitutional Convention of West Virginia. 3 vols. (1939) 342.7542 W52d
  • Henings’ Statutes at Large (1619-1792) 345.12 V819
  • Public documents of West Virginia (1867-1930) 353.9 W52g

Social Problems and Social Services

  • Work & hope, a serial publication of the WV Penitentiary at Moundsville, assorted volumes (1920, 1926-1927). The WVRHC may be the only institution to own copies of these newsletters.  365.9754 W892

Secondary and Higher Education and Social Organizations

  • Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of West Virginia 366.3 Od 1pro
  • A wide assortment of WV school yearbooks, including Monticola (1896-), The Bethanian (1910), Moonshine (1921-1951), Little Monticola, The Dart
  • Course catalogs, commencement programs, institutional histories, etc.

400-499 includes linguistics such as English language variations.

  • West Virginia University Philological Papers (1936-) 406 W52p
  • Dakin, Robert F. The dialect vocabulary of the Ohio River Valley: a survey of the distribution of selected vocabulary forms in an area of complex settlement history. 3 vols.(1966) 427.977 D2487d

500-599 includes geology, mineralogy, hydrology, and botany.

  • West Virginia Geological Survey (created in 1897)
  • Springs of West Virginia (1936) 551.49 P931s
  • Caverns of West Virginia (1949) 551.44.D289ci
  • Iron ores, salt and sandstone (1909) 553 G884i
  • Deep well Records (1936) 553.28 T789d
  • County reports series (1906-1931) 557.54 W52rc
  • Strausbaugh, P.D. & Core, Earl L. Flora of West Virginia. 2nd Edition (1978) 581.9754 St82f2 1978
  • Stauffer, Jay R.  Fishes of West Virginia.(1995) 597.09754 St29f

600-699 includes applied sciences such as healthcare, mining operations, hydraulic engineering, aerospace engineering, agricultural techniques and food technology.

  • Chambers, Thomas A. Fashionable dis-ease: promoting health and leisure at Saratoga Springs, New York and the Virginia springs, 1790-1860 (1999) 613.12 C355r
  • Proceedings of the International Conference on Ground Control and Mining (1987-) 622.33 In8p
  • McAteer, J. Davitt. Coal mine health and safety: the case of West Virginia (1970) 622.8 M119c
  • U.S. Army. Corps of Engineers.  Review of reports on Deckers Creek, Monongalia and Preston Counties, West Virginia for flood control (1962) 627.4 Un3r
  • U.S. Senate. Committee on Labor and Public Welfare. Buffalo Creek (W.Va.) Disaster (1972) 627.4 Un3bff
  • Yeager, Chuck. Yeager: an autobiography (1985) 629.13 YY31
  • Barker, Gray. They knew too much about flying saucers (1956) 629.1334 B242t
  • U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Soil survey of Harrison and Taylor Counties (1980) 631.4775457 B467s
  • McLaughlin, Vicki. WV tailgaters cookbook (1984) 641.59 M222w
  • McLaughlin. Tailgaters cookbook: second down (1987) 641.59 M222t

700-799 includes city planning, numismatics, glassware, music, television, outdoor activities and sports.

  • City Plan for New Martinsville, West Virginia (1958) 711.4 L125c
  • Edkins, Donald O. Edkin’s Catalog of United States coal company store scrip, 3rd edition (1997) 737 Ed49c 1997
  • Snyder, Jeffrey B. Morgantown Glass: From Depression glass through the 1960s (1998) 748.2 Sn92m
  • Ezell, Elaine and Newhouse, George. Cruets, cruets, cruets (1993) 748.8 E33c
  • Gainer, Patrick W. Folk songs from the West Virginia hills (1975) 784.49754 G127f
  • Cuthbert, John. West Virginia folk music: a descriptive guide to the field recordings of the West Virginia and Regional History Collection (1982) 784.49754 W52
  • Knotts, Don. Barney Fife and other characters I have known (1999) 791.45 K759b
  • Hutchins, Frank. Mountain biking in West Virginia (1995) 796.6 H97m
  • Keys, Kevin and Poe, Shelly. Bring on the Mountaineers (1991) 796.33 K523b
  • Huff, Sam. Defensive football (1963) 796.33 H872d
  • Antonik, John. Roll out the carpet: 101 seasons of West Virginia University basketball (2010) 796.32363 An88r

800-899 includes American fiction, poetry and drama.

  • Calliope: the literary journal of West Virginia University (1985-) 810.54 C355
  • Bishop, John Peale. Selected poems (1941) 811 B541s
  • Montague, Margaret Prescott. Up Eel River (1928) 813 M76u
  • Settle, Mary Lee. Blood Tie (1977) 813 SE78b
  • Grubb, Davis. Night of the hunter (1953) 813 G92n
  • Giardina, Denise. Storming Heaven (1987) 813 G349s
  • Rylant, Cynthia. When I was young in the mountains (1982) 813 R 983w
  • Byars, Betsy. The summer of the swans (1970) 813 B99s
  • Draper, John W. The Hamlet of Shakespeare’s audience (1938) 822.33 71HD7h

900-999 includes history, biography, genealogy, names and insignia.

  • Polk City Directories (1870s to date) 917.54
  • Goldenseal (1975-) 917.54 G566
  • Prominent Men of West Virginia (1890) 920.0754 At54p
  • West Virginia Women (1974) 920.0754 C739w
  • The Source: guidebook to American genealogy (2006) 929.1 So845 2006
  • Virginia Genealogist (1957-) 929.1 V819
  • History of the Shinn Family (1903) 929.2 Sh63s
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (1981-) 929.373 P266
  • 1880 Census of West Virginia 14 vols. (1979) 929.3754 M354cen
  • Old Cemeteries of Wetzel County (1978) 929.375418 F497c
  • Declaration of Naturalization, Ohio County (1854-1855, 1861-1907) 929.375414 P357
  • Jackson County Births (1853-1950) 929.375431 M94j
  • Obituaries Index to Glenville Democrat 5 vols. (1935-2000) 929.375427 B65ob
  • Roane County 1910 Census 929.375436 C643r 1910
  • Monongalia County (West) Virginia: Records of District, Superior and County Courts 11 vols. (1776-1823) 929.375452 Z66m
  • Raleigh County Marriages 4 vols. (1850-1909) 929.3754 73 H12m
  • Greenbrier County Wills (1780-1865) 929.375488 H12g
  • Kenny, Hamill. West Virginia place names, their origin and meaning, including the nomenclature of the streams and mountains (1960) 929.4 K399w 1960
  • Thwaites, Reuben G. Documentary history of Dunmore's war, 1774: compiled from the Draper manuscripts in the library of the Wisconsin Historical Society (1905) 973.27 T428d 1974
  • Cook, Roy Bird. The family and early life of Stonewall Jackson (1925) 973.7 YJ138co
  • McGinty, Brian. John Brown’s trial (2009) 973.7116 M175j
  • Virginia Regimental Histories Series 973.7455
  • Byrd, Robert C. Robert C. Byrd :Child of the Appalachian Coalfields (2005)  973.92 YB966a
  • West Virginia History (1940-) 975.405 W52h
  • West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. 55 vols. (1976) 975.4 W515
  • Callahan. James M. History of West Virginia, old and new, in one volume, and West Virginia biography, in two additional volumes (1923) 975.4 C13h
  • Shawkey, M.P. West Virginia, in history, life, literature and industry. 5 vols. (1928) 975.4 Sh21w
  • Core, Earl L. The Monongalia Story: a bicentennial history (1974-1984) 975.452 C812m
  • Maxwell, Hu. The history of Barbour County, West Virginia: from its earliest exploration and settlement to the present (1899) 975.459 M451h

Access: non-circulating and is restricted to use in the WVRHC Reading Room only