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William A. MacCorkle Collection
Ms80-260


Folder 1 (Papers concerning the capitol site location in Kanawha City, January-November 1921)

1. MacCorkle, W.A., from Black, H.S., January 13, 1921, re: Letter of Introduction to James Baird
2. Black, H.S., from MacCorkle, W.A., January 15, 1921, Re: Letter of Intro.
3. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, January 22, 1921, re: Letter of Intro. & meeting for possible construction contract
4. Baird, James, from MacCorkle, W.A., January 24, 1921, re: Possibility of resolution to rebuild capitol & meeting
5. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, January 24, 1921, re: Unable to meet, interest in future meeting
6. Baird, James, from MacCorkle, W.A., January 26, 1921, re: Resolution to rebuild passed senate, advisable to meet and begin building plans
7. Baird, James, from MacCorkle, W.A., January 26, 1921, re: (Telegram) Resolution passed, come ASAP to get acquainted with Board of Public Works
8. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, January 28, 1921, re: (Telegram) Possible meeting time, letter to follow
9. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, January 28, 1921, re: Details of possible arrival time for meetings.
10. Baird, James, from MacCorkle, W.A., January 29, 1921, re: (Telegram)Confirmation of meeting time.
11. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, February 5, 1921, re: Reference to architects and styles found in "American Architect"
11a. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, February 5, 1921, re: Copy of letter addressed to Hon. E.M. Keatley on architectural design and possible meeting
12. Baird, James, from MacCorkle, W.A., February 7, 1921, re: Like of the designs found within "American Architect"
13. Baird, James, from MacCorkle, W.A., February 7, 1921, re: (Telegram) Meet me at train
14. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, February 9, 1921, re: Missed seeing you, introduction to president of company
14a. Baird, James, from Keatley, E.M., February 8, 1921, re: (Copy) Interest in meeting
14b. Keatley, E.M., from Baird, James, February 9, 1921, re: (Copy) Interest in meeting in Washington to show example architecture
15. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, February 9, 1921, re: Possible meeting & invitation to dinner
16. Baird, James, from MacCorkle, W.A., February 11, 1921, re: Missed you at train station
17. MacCorkle, W.A., from Spleidt, C.E., February 23, 1921, re: Receipt of telegram and Mr. Baird being out of town
18. Spleidt, C.E., from MacCorkle, W.A., February 28, 1921, re: Thank you for note
19. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, February 28, 1921, re: Decision not to pursue building capitol, unless it is put on the market for bidding
20. Baird, James, from MacCorkle, W.A, March 2, 1921, re: Offense taken at Baird's letter
21. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, March 3, 1921, re: Apology, and restatement of only securing the work on a bidding basis
22. Black, H.S., from MacCorkle, W.A., March 16, 1921, re: Confusion at Baird's change of heart over project
23. Black, H.S., from MacCorkle, W.A., May 12, 1921, re: Appointment of Capitol Commission
24. MacCorkle, W.A., from F.M. Stanton, May 16, 1921, re: (Telegram)Cornwell declined Commission position and Fitzpatrick appointed
25. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, May 19, 1921, re: Missed visit, notified of phone call
26. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, June 1, 1921, re: (Telegram) Suggested designers
27. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, June 2, 1921, re: Reiteration of telegram and suggestion of Henry Bacon for designer
28. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, June 10, 1921, re: Receipt of June 9th letter & Black sailing to Europe
29. Black, H.S., from MacCorkle, W.A., June 14, 1921, re: Treated badly by Black's company
30. Baird, James, July 4, 1921, re: (Copy) Suggestion to Capitol Committee and design ideas
31. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, July 5, 1921, re: (Telegram) recommendation of Bacon for architect
32. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, July 5, 1921, re: (Telegram Copy) Same recommendation of Bacon. Sent with #34.
33. Baird, James, from MacCorkle, W.A., July 5, 1921, re: Unable to recommend Bacon due to Bacon making a poor impression on the Commission
34. MacCorkle, W.A., from Baird, James, July 6, 1921, re: Once again recommending Bacon for the position
35. Baird, James, from MacCorkle, W.A., July 9, 1921, re: (Telegram) Party did not stay long enough for recommendation
36. MacCorkle, W.A., from MacCorkle, W.A., July 12, 1921, re: (Telegram) Gilbert will probably be appointed
37. MacCorkle, W.A., from G.S. Wetherell, July 12, 1921, re: Inquiry about property prices
38. G.S. Wetherell, from MacCorkle, W.A, July 14, 1921, re: (Telegram) Advice on how the capitol may affect property worth
39. Editor of Gazette, July 20, 1921, re: Property concerns in relation to capitol construction
40. Wickham, H.T., from MacCorkle, W.A, November 29, 1921, re: (Telegram) Support and pros of capitol location
41. Memorandum (2 copies), re: Capitol costs


Folder 2 (Capitol Building Commission Papers, 1924 – 1930)

1. Cohen, Col. J.S., from MacCorkle, W.A, September 9, 1924, re: Concerns about the Democratic campaign
2. Shaver, Hon. Clem, from MacCorkle, W.A, November 9, 1924, re: The fight and loss of Davis for the presidency
3. Gore, Howard M., from Dyer, E.B., September 23, 1925, re: River front property of George Byrne
4. MacCorkle, W.A, from Hill, Bonner, May 24, 1926, re: Letter w/copies of documents relating to payment of Gilbert
4a. Morgan, E.F., from Dover, E.A., February 24, 1925, re: Payment schedule for Gilbert
4b. Copy of Cass Gilbert's contract, July 23, 1921
5. MacCorkle, W.A, from Payne, Minor, & Bouchelle, July 16, 1926, re: Claim by Newcomb, Higginbotham, and Abbitt for appraisal
6. Gore, Howard M., from MacCorkle, W.A, July 19, 1926, re: Byrne property
7. MacCorkle, W.A, from Hill, Bonner, July 20, 1926, Re: Byrne property and how to best pay for it
7a. Hill, Bonner, from Lee, Howard B., April 8, 1925, re: Property and claims along the riverfront
8. Hugus, Wright, from MacCorkle, W.A, September 10, 1926, re: Possible steel contract for Hugus' friend
9. MacCorkle, W.A, from Newcomb, R.O., September 10, 1926, re: Surveying of five locations and estimated value
10. MacCorkle, W.A, from Hill, Bonner, September 21, 1926, re: Capitol Commission meeting
11. Gore, Howard M., from Gilbert, Cass, September 9, 1926, re: (copy) Cash expenditure for Building No. 2
11a. Break down of expenditure for Building No. 2
11b. James Baird Company, from Gilbert, Cass, nd, September 9, 1926, re: Copy of letter enclosed with #1 in regards to Building No. 2
12. Gilbert, Cass, from Gore, Howard M., September 15, 1928, re: Questions and concerns with expenditures
13. Gilbert, Cass, from Gore, Howard M., September 15, 1928, re: Bonner Hill represents the owner in the construction of the building
14. Capitol Building Commission, September 22, 1926, re: Compensation for Messrs, Higginbotham, and Abbitt
15. Capitol Building Commission, from MacCorkle, W.A, September 24, 1926, re: Compensation for Messrs, Higginbotham, and Abbitt
16. Lee, Howard B., from Keatley, Edwin, November 28, 1928, re: Value of Duffy heirs land
17. Gilbert, Cass, from MacCorkle, W.A., January 8, 1929, re: Notification of sent recommendation for Gilbert to be architect for Supreme Court Building
18. Reed, James M., from MacCorkle, W.A and Chilton, W.E., January 8, 1929, re: (Telegram) Recommendation of Gilbert for Supreme Court Building
19. Neely, Mansfield, from MacCorkle, W.A., January 8, 1929, re: Urging him to recommend Gilbert to Senator Reed
20. MacCorkle, W.A., from Conley, William, March 22, 1929, re: Required meeting of Capitol Commission
21. Conley, William, from Gilbert, Cass, October 4, 1929, re: Wants meeting with the Commission in NY to show architectural ideas
22. Gilbert, Cass, from Conley, William, October 8, 1929, re: Unable to come to NY will pass along message to others - prefers to meet in Charleston
23. MacCorkle, W.A., from Conley, William, October 8, 1929, re: Gilbert inviting Capitol Commission to New York to examine plans
24. Conley, William, from MacCorkle, W.A., October 9, 1929, re: Willing to agree to either meeting location
25. MacCorkle, W.A., from Conley, William, October 15, 1929, re: Meeting will be in Charleston
26. MacCorkle, W.A., from Conley, William, December 4, 1929, re: Commission meeting to pass plans for third unit of building
27. MacCorkle, W.A., from Conley, William, January 8, 1930, re: Meeting for final plans for third building to approved
28. MacCorkle, W.A., from Gilbert, Cass, January 10, 1930, re: Sending copy of letter to Conley in regards to newspaper criticism
28a. Conley, William, from Gilbert, Cass, January 10, 1930, re: (copy) Letter to Conley involving newspaper criticism
28b. Editor of the News, from Gilbert, Cass, January 9, 1930, re: (copy) enclosed letter dealing with newspaper criticism
28c. Editor of the Evening Journal, from Gilbert, Cass, January 9, 1930, re: (copy) enclosed letter in response to newspaper criticism
28d. Gilbert, Cass, from White, H.S., February 1, 1928, re: (copy) In regards to Civil War Memorial
29. Gilbert, Cass, from MacCorkle, W.A., January 13, 1930, re: Assurance that his position is in no way disparaged
30. MacCorkle, W.A., from Reynolds, E.B., February 12, 1930, re: Asking for a portion of bond for Mr. Babb
31. Hill, Bonner, from Fisher, D.E., February 13, 1930, re: Commercial Casualty Company bid for portion of the bond
32. MacCorkle, W.A., from Fisher, D.E., February 15, 1930, re: Cover letter for copy of letter (#31)
33. Reynolds, E.B., from MacCorkle, W.A., February 17, 1930, re: Will try to reference Mr. Babb
34. Fisher, D.E., from MacCorkle, W.A., February 17, 1930, re: Application for part of bond will be considered when contract is let
35. MacCorkle, W.A., from Davis, Thomas J., February 20, 1930, re: Would like part of contractor's bonds
36. Davis, Thomas J., from MacCorkle, W.A., February 24, 1930, re: Will try to secure portion of bond if possible
37. MacCorkle, W.A., from Vierheller, C.W., February 20, 1930, re: Would like contractor's bond
38. Vierheller, C.W., from MacCorkle, W.A., February 24, 1930, re: Suggestion to be present when bond is let
39. MacCorkle, W.A., from DeVan, R.P., February 25, 1930, re: Interest in bond
40. DeVan, R.P., from MacCorkle, W.A., February 26, 1930, re: Suggestion to be present when bond is let
41. Henry, Ira, from VP Thos. G. Spelling Co., February 25, 1930, re: Interest in bond and pleasure in meeting
42. MacCorkle, W.A., from Bell, F.R., February 28, 1930, re: Interest in bond
42a. Cummins, J.M, from Crane, J.T., February 27, 1930, re: (copy) Interest in bond
43. Henry, Ira, from Henry, Robert, March 1, 1930, re: Interest in bond
43a. National Surety Company's Financial Statement
44. Henry, Robert, from MacCorkle, W.A., March 3, 1930, re: Need to come speak to the commission personally
45. Fuller, George A. Co., from MacCorkle, W.A., March 5, 1930, re: (Telegram)Consider Charleston National Bank if you get bond
46. Black, Harry, from MacCorkle, W.A., March 5, 1930, re: " "
47. Fuller & Co., from MacCorkle, W.A., March 5, 1930, re: " "
48. MacCorkle, W.A., from Updegraff, W.F., March 11, 1930, re: Endorsement for Green Bag Cement for Capitol construction
49. Updegraff, W.F., from MacCorkle, W.A. , March 12, 1930, re: Will reference cement to Mr. Distler
50. MacCorkle, W.A., from Conley, William, March 21, 1930, re: Commission meeting to sign contracts
51. Conley, William, from MacCorkle, W.A., March 22, 1930, re: Will attend meeting
52. White, M.Z., from MacCorkle, W.A., March 27, 1930, re: Sorry to have missed the signing, was very ill
53. MacCorkle, W.A., from White, M.Z, March 28, 1930, re: Sorry you were unable to attend the signing of the Capitol Contract
54. White, M.Z., from MacCorkle, W.A., March 29, 1930, re: Sorry for illness
55. George A. Fuller Co., from Gilbert, Cass, April 22, 1930, re: Installation of Imperial Danby Marble
56. MacCorkle, W.A., from Conley, William, April 28, 1930, re: Asking for a vote in regards to Imperial Danby Marble
57. Conley, William, from MacCorkle, W.A., April 29, 1930, re: Yes for marble.
58. Conley, William, from MacCorkle, W.A., May 13, 1930, re: Meeting of Commission
59. MacCorkle, W.A., from Wilson, Mrs. Homer, May 4, 1930, re: Endorsement of artist Joseph Hugo
60. Wilson, Mrs. Homer, from MacCorkle, W.A., June 6, 1930, re: Letter has been sent to commission
61. MacCorkle, W.A., from Laughlin, George, July 5, 1930, re: COP-R-LOY endorsement
61a. Gilbert, Cass, from Laughlin, George, June 27, 1930, re: Wait for committee meeting to decide on pipe and plea for COP-R-LOY pipe to be used
62. Conley, William, from White, David G., June 28, 1930, re: Endorsing Appalachian Hardwoods for flooring
63. Cummins, J.W., from MacNell, D.M., June 30, 1930, re: COP-R-LOY endorsement and list of users
64. MacCorkle, W.A., from Cummins, J.W., June 30, 1930, re: COP-R-LOY endorsement
64a. Wheeling Steel, from Wiggs (Elberfield Coal Mining Co.), June 7, 1929, re: Testimonial for COP-R-LOY
65. State Capitol Commission, from C.A. Dunham Co., June 6, 1930, re: Endorsement of the Dunham Differential Vacuum System
65a. Estimated Steam Consumption and Fuel Costs
66. MacCorkle, W.A., from United States Quarry Tile, August 9, 1930, re: Use of 3/4 in tiles instead of 1in tiles for roof
67. United States Quarry Tile, from MacCorkle, W.A., August 11, 1930, re: Received letter and will present to Commission
68. MacCorkle, W.A., from Hill, Bonner, September 15, 1930, re: Cover letter for statements
68a. Statement of All Contracts and Extras to May 31, 1930
68b. Statement of Capitol Building Commission


Folder 3 (MacCorkle Land Holdings)

1L. July 29, 1926, Affidavit of Charles E. Krebs on valuation of the lands of MacCorkle,
2L. February 18, 1921, Coal Land Owned by W.A. MacCorkle et al


Folder 4 (Genealogy)

1G. March 28, 1921, Morrison, Thales, Dickson Militus Montague, Sylvester Hobson, Mary Elizabeth
2G. April 8, 1921, Letter from Twyman Williams in regards to undertaking MacCorkle genealogical research
3G. February 23, 1923, Letter from Colonel Rhea in regards to assistance with MacCorkle genealogical research
4G. Births & Deaths of Children (handwritten)
5G. "William Alfred Lockbridge MacCorkle History" by Mae D. MacCorkle, Includes family tree & handwritten notes, "Out Where the West Begins" - Arthur Chapman, "Will You Go Out West With Me?" - song lyrics
6G. Clan McGregor


Folder 5 (History)

1H. "The Desire of the East" - the Monroe Doctrine as per John Quincy Adams
2H. History of W.V. Turnpikes (circa 1800); Includes excerpts from History of Upshur County, History of Monongalia County, History of Harrison, and History of Kanawha County
3H. July 3, 1929, Inventory of Silver & Linens
4H. September 26, 1930, Cowper, John W.; Letter, September 26, 1930, to W.A. MacCorkle. Re: The White Sulphur Springs (a book) and offer to ship a concrete vase from the Greenbrier hotel.
5H. September 6, 1927, MacCorkle, William Alexander; Letter, September 6, 1927, to Wm. W. Wertz, Re: Aunt Sally Morris and her keeping cows in Charleston city limits.
6H. Nelson, James P. - "Memorandum to engineers connected with the construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway."
7H. April 24, 1930, MacCorkle, William Alexander; Letter, April 24, 1930, to Wm. W. Wertz. Re: Charleston Fire Department triangle alarm.
8H. November 22, 1929, Davis, John W.; Letter, November 22, 1929, to Wm. A. MacCorkle Re: Washington and Lee situation and the Booker T. Washington Memorial
8H-a. November 25, 1929, Letter to John Davis; Sorry I missed you, hope to see you soon
8H-b. November 20, 1929, Letter to John Davis; Some women want to see you about Booker T. Washington Memorial
9H. September 10, 1927, Letter to John M. Brittan regarding the condition of Charleston - two complaints issued, traffic and beggars.
10H. October 31, 1916, MacCorkle, William Alexander; The historical and other relations of Pittsburgh and the Virginias, by Wm. A. MacCorkle. Delivered before the Chamber of Commerce of the city of Pittsburgh . . .
11H. List of Key Men and Women in West Va. for Governor Smith
12H. University memoranda: estimated value of buildings at Morgantown. (ca 1917)


Transferred to Map Collection

Fork Creek Lands, American Rolling Mill, Ma 143-10
Clarks & Krebs, Inc., Map showing property of W.A. MacCorkle on the Spruce-Laurel Fork of Little Coal River, Boone County, WV. Charleston, WV. February 11, 1924., Ma 68-10
Map of Dunbar, WV. Resurveyed and revised., March 1919. Ma 24-9
Clark & Krebs, Inc., Map showing lands of Pond Spruce Coal Field; Logan and Boone Counties, WV. Charleston, January 10, 1910. Ma 91-3
Coal Valley Land Company, Map of property, coal sections and outcrops in Boone County, WV. Ma 144-1
Venable, M.W., Property of Hoffman, Allan and Pryor on Little Coal River, Boone County, W.V. M.W. Vulcable, C & M engr. 1908. Map. 4 parts. Ma 69-6
Reference Table of Deeds of Crawford & Stine Lands
Kanawha County land survey, 1903-1904 in area of Elk district, Blueline map. 113x89cm
Coal mine lands on Little Coal River, Boone and Kanawha counties, 76x100cm


Manuscript Collections

West Virginia Archives and History