Skip
Navigation

WVSA
Logo

Virgil A. Lewis

"Public Documents are the materials for the historian. Without such a collection he, however much inclined, can never do justice to a State. Nor without them, can its people ever have an accurate knowledge of the founding and growth of their institutions; nor of their own development in governmental affairs, educational and other interests. Not only this, but posterity can not have the means of judging, as it might, of the deeds, and principles of action, and of the legislation of ancestors. Thus the State that neglects to preserve its Public Documents, loses much to future generations -- to the whole world indeed."

Virgil A. Lewis, West Virginia State Historian and Archivist, 1908


Library Renovations
June 8-19, 2009

Voyager Online Catalog

Archives and History News

Annual Report, 2005-06
Annual Report, 2006-07
Annual Report, 2007-08
Annual Report, 2008-09
Annual Report, 2009-10
Annual Report, 2010-11
Annual Report, 2011-12
Annual Report, 2012-13

Genealogy Surname
Exchange

State Historian/Archivist

Highway Historical Markers

Photo Copying Projects

Records Management and Preservation Board

Archives and History Commission

Historical, Genealogical, and Preservation Societies in West Virginia

State Archives Collection Policy

Library Information

Library Services and Fee Guidelines

Lectures and Workshops

Upcoming Events and Meetings

Veterans Memorial

Guides to Collections

Staff Research Guides:

NOTE: FOR ACCESS TO THE MANUSCRIPT, PHOTOGRAPH, AUDIOVISUAL, AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, PATRONS ARE REQUIRED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE ARCHIVIST ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE.

Directions:
The Archives Library is located in the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. To visit, take Exit 99 (State Capitol/Greenbrier St.) of Interstate 64/77. Visitor parking (bring quarters!) 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 St. with shuttle service to the complex.

Last Updated 31 January 2014

Comments and suggestions about this web site 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

"A tremendous lot of valuable data was stored away in this department [Archives & History] but on account of it not being properly indexed, it only represented so much 'junk.' . . . Considering the small force and limited funds that have been available for this work in our state, admirable progress has been achieved, but liberal provisions must be made for the work if it is to be carried forward on a scale in any way commensurate with our needs."

Second Biennial Message of Governor Hatfield to the Legislature of 1917


West Virginia Archives and History

West Virginia Archives and History