Nowlan served in the U.S. Army Air Service during World War I, was city manager of Hinton (1927-35), executive director of the West Virginia League of Municipalities (1935-42), served in the Office of Censorship during World War II, was a budget administrator for the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict and served as financial secretary of the Summers County Board of Education. He was instrumental in local WPA projects, and was director of the New River Gorge Development Corporation during effort to construct Pipestem State Park.
Correspondence - James V. Coste, 1959-88.
Correspondence - Hume and Pearl Nowlan, 1927-81.
Correspondence - Pearl Nowlan to Hume Nowlan, 1943, during Pearl's service in the WAVES during World War II.
Correspondence - Pearl Nowlan to Hume Nowlan, 1963-64.
Hume Kesler Nowlan Diary, 1925, chronicling Hume and Graydon's South American voyage on board the SS West Keene.
Personal Papers of Hume and Pearl Nowlan, 1943-80. Includes copy of marriage certificate, Hume Nowlan resume and medical reports, Pearl Nowlan military papers.
Bernice and Bell, 1927-33 - papers relating to a sailing ship, the Bernice and Bell, including correspondence, specifications, drawings, etc.
Miscellaneous Papers - primarily relating to Summers County development.
The Cedars - Papers and articles relating to The Cedars, a country estate in Alderson, acquired in the 1930s by Ruth Bryan Owen Rhode, daughter of William Jennings Bryan.
Artwork - Painting and drawing by Ruben Menendez, 1942.
Newspaper Articles - primarily relating to Hume Nowlan and Hinton.
West Virginia State Archives