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West Virginia Archives and History


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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Old voters cards available in Archives and History Library 

2015-16 Records Management and Preservation Board applications now available. 

John C. Norman Sr. Collection architectural drawings available online for viewing 

Finding aid for Harden and Harden Funeral Home Collection now on-line 

Finding aid to Gov. Joe Manchin Collection available online 

Photo Gallery updated 

List of Civil War Manuscripts, Special Collections, and Archival Holdings added to sesquicentennial offerings that include timeline for 1863-1865 and bibliography of titles in the Archives and History Library on West Virginia in the Civil War. 

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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.