West Virginia Archives and History
Important Notice: Beginning Monday, November 4, 2013, an upgrade is being made to the elevator that provides access to Archives and History closed collections. This upgrade may take up to ten weeks to complete. The library is implementing the following procedures for retrieving materials for patron use during this period:
1. Library patrons who plan to use specialized collections, such as manuscripts and land books, that are housed on other floors must submit requests for these materials at least two days in advance of the day they intend to visit the library. On Saturdays, staff may not be able to provide materials that have not been requested in advance.
2. Staff will pull materials from other floors once each hour.
Whether studying for the Golden Horseshoe exam, researching your family lineage, or looking for information on the history of West Virginia, the Archives and History website is the premier on-line resource. The site features primary and secondary source documents, photographs, and databases; lists collections and other materials available in the State Archives; and provides research guides and assistance for genealogists.
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Articles and documents on this site contain the exact
wording of the original. Comments and suggestions about the website
www.wvculture.org/history may be addressed to
Mary Johnson at the West Virginia State Archives. The Archives will
not answer e-mail research requests. All research requests must be submitted
in writing to the Archives and History Library; The Culture Center;
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, E.; Charleston, WV 25305-0300. Requests from
outside West Virginia must be accompanied by a $15 research fee; a $5
research fee must accompany in-state requests (checks made payable to
Division of Culture and History). Please read the Archives' listing
of services available for more
details on research correspondence. Important information regarding checks received for payments
The Archives Library is located in the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. Current hours are 9-5 Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 9-8 on Thursday. To visit, take Exit 99 (State Capitol/Greenbrier Street) of Interstate 64/77. Visitor parking is now available in metered lots on the Capitol Complex. The fee is fifty cents per hour. Additional visitor parking is available at Laidley Field on Elizabeth Street with shuttle service to the complex. For more information, contact West Virginia Archives and History at (304) 558-0230.