Oral History

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The West Virginia and Regional History Center possesses a large and diverse collection of oral history recordings documenting the culture and history of West Virginia and the surrounding region. Most interviews were conducted and recorded from the 1940s to the 1980s. The content is diverse, covering topics such as:

industry (including agriculture, coal, glass, newspapers, railroads, timber, etc.)
immigration (including Swiss in the town of Helvetia, Italians, Polish, etc.)
labor history (including child labor, unions, strikes, mine disasters, "Mother Jones", etc.)
education, health care, social work, religion
folk culture (including folklore, music, food, blacksmithing, etc.)
utilities (including electricity, telephone, and water)
West Virginia University
World War I
Great Depression
World War II

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