West Virginia State Archives


State Government Records Accessioned

Adjutant General. Letter copying books, special regulations, circulars, 1901-1908, 1942-1961. 5 volumes. Adjutant General's office. Ar1970

Board of Risk and Insurance Management. Minutes, 1984-1987. 4 folders. Board of Risk and Insurance Management. Ar1947acc

Capitol building. Notes, correspondence and other materials re: state capitol grounds, decorating, sites from Cass Gilbert Collection (photocopies), 1921-Jan. 1935. 1 folder. New York Historical Society, New York, NY. Ar1812acc

Rehabilitation Services. Director's correspondence and files, 2001-2003. 1 box. Division of Rehabilitation Services. Ar1943acc

Manuscripts Accessioned

Arnett, William Willey Collection. Journals, correspondence and other materials of Methodist Episcopal minister born in Monongalia County, 1815-1859. 2 boxes. Edward M Arnett, Durham, NC.

Billheimer, Gordon E. Collection. Diaries adn other materials of WWII soldier and Montgomery attorney, 1943-2008. 1 box. Gordon E. Billheimer, Montgomery. Ms2008-101

Bolyard/Summers Family Collection. Correspondence, financial records and other information of Monongalia County family, 1905-1985.1 box. Janet and Tim Wilson, Ligonier, PA Ms2008-098

Carter/Faulkner Family Collection. Correspondence, poetry, publications and other materials re: mostly Faulkner family members, including Charles James Faulkner, 1812-1949. 1 box and 1 oversized folder. Kathyrn Carter Hish, Whitehouse, TX. Ms2008-100

Charleston Area League of Women Voters Collection. Minutes, administrative files, program files and newsletters, 1946-2008. 4 boxes. Susan Watkins, Charleston. Ms2008-096

Civil War. Letter describing Battle of Cheat Mountain by William G. Graham, 1st TN Infantry, 1864 September 20. 1 item. Conway L. Johnson, Platteville, CO. Ms2008-074

Dorsey, Daisy Chapman Collection. Papers of science teacher who conducted tours for other educators, 1883-1971. 2 boxes. Milton Dorsey, South Charleston.

Dotson family collection. Account book, receipts, miscellaneous items 1867-1907. 1 box. Cynthia Kaye Higginbotham Reynolds, Midway, TX. Ms2008-032

Florian, Dr. Robert Collection. Unfinished manuscript and research materials on Jennings Randolph, 1910s-2002. 2 boxes. Dr. Robert Florian, Huntington. Ms2008-087

French and Indian War, Washington's lands, related topics, compiled by Clarence Griffin and wife (photocopies), n.d. 1 folder. Beverly Jordan, Beckley. Ms2008-005

Hawks Nest Collection. Materials regarding tunnel construction, especially of B. H. Metheney who worked there, 1932-1936. 1 box. Gregory B. Johnson, Williamsburg, VA Ms2008-092

Herscher family. Correspondence, much of it between John William Herscher and wife Lilian Paulsen Herscher, 1906-1950s. 1 box. Estate of Betty Herscher, Charleston. Ms2008-086

Hudnall, Jesse Collection. Materials of Warner Coal employee, including Kanawha Valley Mining Institute programs, Knights of Pythias, family history, 1933-1976. 1 box. William R. Hudnall, New Canton, VA. Ms2008-001

Hutchinson, John Quincy Collection. Papers of lawyer, state senator including Hutchinson genealogy, 1900-1980. 2 boxes. Unknown donor. Ms2008-091

Johnson, Virginia Collection. Correspondence, certificates, information on state treasurer William S. Johnson's family, 1911-1975. 17 items. Virginia Johnson, Charleston. Ms2008-030

Kanawha United Presbyterian Church. History of Charleston congregation (photocopies), 1816-1943. 1 box. Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, Charleston. Ms2008-037

Lewis family. Correspondence of state senator Joseph S. Lewis and family, 1906-1929. 1 box. Purchase - Ebay Ms2008-023

Lewis, Hughart and related families. Family history notes, lists (photocopies), 1864-1979. 1 folder. Sammie Wade, Ocala, FL. Ms2008-004

Literary manuscript. The Craik-Patton House Guide resource on house and family, no author listed, n.d. 1 item. Mrs. Robert W. Lawson III, Charleston. Ms2008-003

Literary manuscript. The Past Revisited by Thomas Stafford about Grafton, 1984. 1 item. Margo Stafford, Clarksburg. Ms2008-002

Montgomery family. Deeds, WWI liberty loans, receipts, correspondence and other documents of Kanawha and Fayette family, 1872-1938. 1 box. Unknown donor. Ms2008-088

Spanish-American War letter. Letter from Howard M. McConnaughy to Pauline, 1898 May 12. 1 item. William J. Sencio, Hickory, NC. Ms2008-102

Stacy, Dixie Collection. Materials of Joachim and Lee families, including Civil War service of George Joachim, 7th Ohio Batt. Light Artillery, Charleston High School, 1824-1960 1 box. Dixie Stacy, Charleston. Ms2008-095

Steckel Family Collection. Correspondence, banking information and other materials of Kanawha County family, 1911-1969. 1 box and 1 oversized folder. Barbara Smith, Charleston. Ms2008-097

Taylor family collection. Correspondence of Huntington family, especially to two sons and one daughter in WWII describing life in Huntington and their military service, ca. 1930s-40s. 2 boxes. Nancy Taylor, Huntington. Ms2008-026

Town of Littleton. Records of dissolved Wetzel County town, ca. 1907-2004. 5 boxes and 28 volumes. Wetzel County Commission, New Martinsville. Ms2008-025

WCTU, DAR. County histories of local WCTU chapters; list of DAR markers placed by Colonel Morgan Morgan chapter; 1900-1949. 1 box. Ronald Duncil, Carolina. Ms2008-040

West Virginia Academy of Science. Papers and proceedings, 1944-2006. 2 boxes. Dr. Donald Gray, Morgantown. Ms2008-033

Weston State Hospital. Articles, research information and copies of annual report information, 1859-1993. 1 box. Marjorie Carr Layman, Mount Claire. Ms2008-085

Wise, Bob Collection. Correspondence and other papers of Kanawha County congressman prior to election as governor, 1982-2000. 11 boxes. Robert Wise, Washington, DC. Ms2008-093

Woodman family. Diaries of Charleston businessman, letter copy books for Mountain Lake Land Company, 1895 October - 1918. 1 box. Mrs. Norman Fitzhugh, Charleston. Ms2008-036

Microforms Accessioned

Microfiche. Genealogical Society of Utah microfiche of Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia publications, records and maps, 1608-1980. 1 box. Estate of Patricia Pleska, Charleston. Mi2008-010

Photographs Accessioned

Arnett, William Willey Collection. B&W, tintypes and daguerrotypes of family, ca. 1850s. 1 box. Edward M. Arnett, Durham, NC. Ph2008-039

Baseball. B&W of Paw Paw team, n.d. 1 item. Joe Geiger, Huntington. Ph2008-007

Bolyard/Summers Family Collection. B&W of Monongalia County family, n.d. 1 folder. Janet and Tim Wilson, Ligonier, PA. Ph2008-098

Carter/Faulkner Family Collection. B&W of family members, n.d. 1 box. Kathryn Carter Hish, Whitehouse, TX. Ph2008-100

Charleston Area League of Women Voters Collection. B&W prints, 1946-2008. 1 box. Susan Watkins, Charleston. Ph2008-096

Charleston, Fayette County, Swann etchings. B&W of early Charleston, capitol fire, Whipple store, Swann etchings of Sunrise, Kanawha County Library, National Track and Field Hall of Fame, Centennial, 1886-1974. 1 folder. Cynthia Kaye Higginbotham Reynolds, Midway, TX. Ph2008-032

Charleston High. Reunion photos for Class of 1938 at 50th and 55th reunions, 1988, 1993. 2 items. Richard and Annie Pierce, Shenandoah, VA. Ph2008-099

Fairchild Aerial Survey Collection. B&W negatives of sites, most along Ohio and Kanawha rivers, October 1947, September 1951. 96 items. New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, NJ. Ph2008-009

Goff, Beavers, Bowman families. B&W and tintypes, n.d. 5 items. Gayle R. King, Gansevoort, NY. Ph2005-042acc

Golden Horseshoe, streetcars. B&W of Golden Horseshoe winners on capitol steps; copy negs of Charleston Interurban streetcar system and construction, 1920s, 1957. 7 items. Sandra Alderson, Charleston. Ph2008-028

Herscher family. B&W of family members, n.d. 1 folder. Estate of Betty Herscher, Charleston. Ph2008-086

Johnson, Virginia Collection. B&W of state treasurer William S. Johnson's family, ca, 1919-1940. 9 items. Virginia Johnson, Charleston. Ph2008-030

McGee, Taylor County, postcards. Digital prints of McGee in 1912 and 2007; postcards of Clarksburg and Parkersburg; 1912-2007. 8 items. Ronald Duncil, Carolina. Ph2008-040

Meadow River Lumber Company Collection. Color photocopies of Rainelle, 1922-1953. 1 folder. Elda Montgomery, Livermore, CA. Ph83-12acc

Music. Copy negatives and photocopies of musicians who performed on northern and north-central West Virginia radio stations, 1930s-50s. 30 items. Norman D. Munsey, South Charleston. Ph2008-027

Panoramic. Ragland Mine, Pemberton, Raleigh County by Rufus E. "Red" Ribble, ca. 1920. 1 item. Clarence E. Snodgrass, Douglas L. Snodgrass and Alonzo H. Snodgrass, Prescott Valley, AZ. Ph2008-016

Panoramics. Logging operations, Glade Creek area of New River upstream from Hawks Nest, ca. 1920s. 2 items. Charles R. Carder III, Roanoke, VA. Ph2008-017

Pitchford and Fisher families. Copy negatives, most in Putnam County area, n.d. 14 items. Rodney Pitchford, Red House. Ph2008-029

Postcard. Raymond City Electric Power House, n.d. 1 item. Harry Persinger, Amandaville. Ph2008-080

Postcard. Strand Theater, Moundsville, n.d. 1 item. Unknown donor. Ph2008-006

Postcard. Unidentified town, n.d. 1 item. Andy R. Rogers, South Charleston. Ph2008-081

Postcards. Gas wells at Copenhaver, Kanawha County; "U" curve on Laurel Mountain US 50 west of McComber, ca. 1900-1930s. 2 items. Joe Geiger, Huntington. Ph2008-022

Postcards. Linsley School, Wheeling, 2005. 4 items. Schramm Studio, West Liberty. Ph2008-083

Postcards. New River and Feran Spring Falls, n.d. 3 items. Kathy Pfeifer, Capitola, CA. Ph2008-079

Postcards. Various West Virginia scenes, 1907-1960. 61 items. Ebay Collection. Ph2008-094

Postcards. Welch, West Virginia Turnpike, New River, 1950s. 9 items. Elaine Decker, Charleston. Ph2008-084

Postcards. West Virginia scenes including Clarksburg, Bluefield, Huntington, Charleston, Spencer, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Midland Trail, Kanawha River, Greenbrier, ca. 1929-1950. 25 items. Steve Pilato, Fayetteville. Ph2008-078

Postcards. Wheeling, ca. 1908. 4 items. Mary Philo, Martins Ferry, OH. Ph2008-082

Sketches. Hand-tinted of execution of Cook and Coppoc at Charles Town; General Rosecrans commanding the Department of Western Virginia and his staff at their headquarters, Clarksburg; View of Grafton, Virginia on Monongahela River, headquarters of General George B. McClellan; 1859-1862. 3 items. Purchase - Mannings Books and Prints. Ph2008-019

Slides. Division of Highways roads and bridges, 1970s-1980s. 3 boxes (9255 slides). Transfer from Highways. Ph2008-089

Stacy, Dixie Collection. B&W of Joachim and Lee families, Charleston area, Camp Grant, IL, n.d. 1 box. Dixie Stacy, Charleston. Ph2008-095

Steckel Family Collection. B&W of West Virginia scenes, mining, family, n.d. 1 box and 1 oversized folder. Barbara Smith, Charleston. Ph2008-097

Underwood, Governor Cecil H. Prints and negatives of second term as governor, 1997-2001. 6 boxes and 9 volumes. Office of the Governor. Ph2008-103

Weston State Hospital. B&W and color of hospital, staff, activities, ca. 1900-2000. 1 box. Marjorie Carr Layman, Mount Claire. Ph2008-085

Widen. B&W of company store and other town structures, 1923. 5 items. Dennis Griffith, Chamblee, GA. Ph2008-008

Wise, Bob Collection. B&W prints of Kanawha County congressman prior to election as governor, 1982-2000. 2 boxes. Robert Wise, Washington, DC. Ph2008-093

Woodman, Sterrett, Quarrier families. Photo albums, View-Master slides, World War I review and travels, 1860s-1920s. 1 box. Mrs. Norman Fitzhugh, Charleston. Ph2008-036

Special Collections Accessioned

Annual report. Oglebay Institute, 1997. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-069

Blueprints. Reduced copies of AT&T Eastern Region building at Davis Square by Silling Associates, 1987. 33 sheets. Unknown donor. Sc2008-062

Broadside. Excursion train to New York and Philadelphia on Norfolk and Western Railway including McDowell County stations, 1930 April. 1 item. Purchase - Bookworm and Silverfish. Sc2008-018

Brochure. Franklin the Magician ad for Point Pleasant magical Ben Franklin IV, n.d. 1 item. Transfer from Goldenseal. Sc2008-015

Brochure. Park View Inn, Berkeley Springs, n.d. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-075

Bumper sticker. Civil War showcase Harpers Ferry, 1859-1865, ca. 1960s. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-077

Bumper stickers. Keep West Virginia Clean!!, ca. 1950s-60s. 3 items. Unknown donor. Sc2008-076

Calendar. Alliance for the Collection, Preservation and Dissemination of West Virginia's Black History, 1991. 1 item. Joe Geiger, Huntington. Sc2008-071

Calendar. B&O Railroad Historical Society John J. Young Jr. calendar, 2007. 1 item. B&O Railroad Historical Society, Baltimore, MD. Sc2008-014

Calendar. Wolf Creek Printery, 2007. 1 item. Richard Fauss, Elkview. Sc87-41acc

Campaign materials. Artificial collection of flyers, brochures for state and local offices, 1996-2006. 1 box. Various donors. Sc2008-031

Cartoon. Sketch of Nitro and various public officials, 1919 May 1. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-021

Catalogue. Blenko Glass, 1987. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-073

Catalogues. Product information for Eagle Cans, Wellsburg, Sylvania Lighting, Wheeling, Penn Metal Lath and Plastering, Parkersburg, and McNicol China, Clarksburg, ca. 1951-1963. 1 folder. Unknown donor. Sc2008-057

Certificate. Elementary diploma for John Quinn Geiger, who attended school at Cass, 1921 May 4, 1 item. Joe Geiger, Huntington. Sc2008-020

Charleston High, prenatal care materials. Clippings, publications and other materials, 1930s-2003. 2 folders. Richard and Annie Pierce, Shenandoah, VA. Sc2008-099

Charter. West Virginia Mine Workers Local 32 at Leewood, 1931 July 6. 1 item. Kathleen Hope Curry, Ashland, KY. Sc2008-034

Christmas card. Governor and Mrs. Joe Manchin, 2006. 1 item. Richard Fauss, Elkview. Sc2008-052

Currency. Monroe County note worth 25 cents, 1863 January 1. 1 item. Charles and Betty Keppel, Clearwater, FL. Sc2008-068

Envelopes. West Virginia Historical Society, Room E-400, ca. 1960s. 4 items. West Virginia Historical Society, Charleston. Sc2008-046

Goff, Beavers, Bowman families. Bible of Adam H. Bowman and Hannah Beavers Bowman; marriage certificate of David R. Beavers and Ruhama A. Martin; partial newspaper The Press, Kingwood, July 1, 1892; 1842-1922, 3 items, Gayle R. King, Gansevoort, NY. Sc2005-042acc

Letterhead. Fayette Tribune, n.d. 3 items. Unknown donor. Sc2008-067

Letterhead. Webster Springs Hotel and Baths (photocopy), ca. 1910s. 1 item. Transfer from Library. Sc2008-048

Meadow River Lumber Company Collection. Rainelle Junior Women's Club Yearbook, photocopies of Rainelle clippings, Meadow River Post newspaper, annual report; 1922-1979. 1 box. Elda Montgomery, Livermore, CA. Sc83-12acc

Notecards. Christmas and an outhouse scene with Furner photos, 1990s. 2 items. Milton J. Furner, Wolf Summit. Sc2008-064

Poster. Ad for Eastern flavor apples from Appalachian area, ca. 1950. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-035

Program. Beni Kedem Temple Shrine Circus, 1984 October 27-28. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-065

Program. Dedication of plaque honoring Virginia Bondurant Johnson at West Virginia State Archives by NSDAR, 2006 October 14. 1 item. Transfer from Library. Sc2008-043

Program. Dedication of Walter Reuther Memorial, Wheeling, 2006 October 12. 4 items. Margaret Brennan, Wheeling. Sc2008-056

Program. River City Youth Ballet Ensemble production of The Snow Queen, 2007 Nov. 30-Dec. 15. 1 item. Transfer from Library. Sc2008-047

Program. Swiss Reunion and dedication of Helvetia Community Hall honoring Hon. Marc Peter, Minister Plenipotentiary of Switzerland, 1939 May 13. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-059

Program. West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame grand opening and inaugural induction, 2006 September 16. 1 item. Richard Fauss, Elkview. Sc2008-053

Program. West Virginia Labor History Hall of Honor ceremony, 2007 October 14. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-070

Program, postal cover, autograph. Randy Moss cover, Cultural Center, 2008 March 21. 3 items. Culture and History and Billy Smith (autograph). Sc2008-050

Programs, tickets. Materials regarding Huntington High's championship basketball teams and players, 2003-2007. 10 items. Joe Geiger, Huntington. Sc2008-024

Publication. Inspection report for Cass Scenic Railroad watertank by L. Robert Kimball and Associates, 1990 July. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-055

Publication. Marsh Fork Elementary and coal processing plant controversy, 2007. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-013

Publication. Pick and Shovel, Fayetteville, 1923 August 22. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-063

Publication. Sports Illustrated with article on Huntington High's O. J. Mayo, 2007 June 11. 1 item. Joe Geiger, Huntington. Sc2008-024acc

Publication. Strand Theatre restoration, Moundsville, ca. 2005. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-051

Publication. Union District Friendship Quilt Project, Aurora, Preston County, 2004. 1 item. Unknown donor. Sc2008-072

Publication. The Voters' Argument Settler published for American Fire Insurance Company of NY, 1900. 1 item. Transfer from Library. Sc2008-045

Publication. West Virginia First published by Steptoe and Johnson, 2006. 1 item. Transfer from Library. Sc2008-044

Publications. Assorted titles, including FMC, Charleston Daily Mail special edition, C&P telephone, Governor's Annual Conference, 1909-1961. 8 items. Purchase, Bookworm and Silverfish. Sc2008-060

Publications. Booklet on Hupp family on occasion of donation of materials to West Virginia Independence Hall and talk by Dr. Ken Fones-Wolf, June 2006. 2 items. Archibald Todd Hupp IV, Morgantown. Sc2008-012

Publications. Books presented to Governor Homer Holt as boy by grandparents - Columbian Speaker for Boys and Girls and the Sunnyside Story Book, 1903, 1905. 2 items. Isabel Holt Dannenberg, Metairie, LA. Sc2003-292acc

Publications. Musical Pictures and Your State by Junior League of Charleston and WCHS Radio, 1962, 1963. 4 items. Unknown donor. Sc2008-058

Publications. Playbills of West Virginia State College productions, also state High School Play Tournaments, 1938-1946. 24 items. Purchase - Ebay. Sc2008-011

Publications. Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral programs for mass for Governor Manchin, Rose Mass, Mass for investiture of Monsignor P. Edward Sadie, Diocese Eucharistic Congress; 2003-2005. 7 items. Richard Fauss, Elkview. Sc2008-054

Publications. Various materials re: West Virginia Centennial, 1963. 1 folder. Frank O'Brien, Jr., Wheeling. Sc2008-061

Publications. Westvaco Luke Mill annual reports; magazine with article on Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; 1976-1992. 3 items. Patsy Koontz, Westvaco, Luke, MD. Sc2008-049

Publications. Wheeling News Register extra on Japanese surrender, TV Guide on John F. Kennedy inaugural, US News and World Report on Kennedy assassination, 1945-1963. 3 items. Dorothy Sturgeon Younginger, Wheeling. Sc2008-066

Scrapbook. Album of materials regarding veterans, 1940s-2006. 1 volume and 1 oversized folder. Mike Angiulli, Clarksburg via Governor's Office. Sc2008-038

Scrapbook. Clippings and invitations to Charleston social activities, 1936-1951. 1 volume. Ann Bird, Charleston. Sc2008-041

Scrapbooks. West Virginia NOW, December 2004-August 2007. 7 volumes. Bettijane Burger, Charleston. Sc97-27acc

Ticket. Speech by President Bill Clinton, old C&O station, Huntington, 1996 August 25. 1 item. Joe Geiger, Huntington. Sc2008-042

Yearbook. Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Buckongehanon, 1959. 1 volume. Transfer from Underwood Collection. Sc2005-003acc

Yearbook. Marshall College Chief Justice, 1948. 1 volume. Transfer from Library. Sc2005-003acc

Yearbook. St. Albans High Dragonian, 1969. 1 item. Stephen F. Austin State University Library, Nacagdoches, TX. Sc2005-003acc

Yearbooks. Assorted titles, 1914-1999. 50 volumes and 3 items. Woodrow Clay Hamilton, Jr., Hightown, VA. Sc2005-003acc

Yearbooks. Assorted titles, 1922-2000. 15 volumes and 3 items. Woodrow Clay Hamilton, Jr., Hightown, VA. Sc2005-003acc

Yearbooks. Charleston High School Charlestonian, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1915. 4 volumes. Mildred West, Charleston. Sc2005-003acc

Yearbooks. Charleston High School Charlestonian, 1931, 1938 (2 copies). 3 volumes. Richard and Annie Pierce, Shenandoah, VA. Sc2005-003acc

Yearbooks. Elkview Junior High School The Antler, 1978, 1979. 2 volumes. Rebecca Bennett, Newark, DE. Sc2005-003acc

Yearbooks. Spencer High School The Rupicola 1915-1993, reunion booklets for 2000 and 2005. 29 volumes. Spencer High School Alumni Association, c/o Steven Cooper, Spencer. Sc2005-003acc

Yearbooks. Thomas Jefferson Junior High, Charleston, The Amateur Reporter, 1930 June - 1933 January. 6 items. Diane Fleck, Westernville, OH. Sc2005-003acc

Yearbooks. West Virginia Institute of Technology Bear Tracks, 1986-1989. 4 volumes. Greg Carroll, Hurricane.

Yearbooks. West Virginia State College "Arch", 1970, 1989. 2 items. Greg Carroll, Hurricane. Sc2005-003acc

Yearbooks. Woodrow Clay Hamilton, Jr. Collection, 1889-1992. 29 volumes and 4 items. Woodrow Clay Hamilton Jr., Hightown, VA. Sc2005-003acc

Yearbooks. Woodrow Wilson High, The Echo, 1925-1927. 3 items .Eugenia Thoenen and Margaret Phillips, Charleston. Sc2005-003acc

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