West Virginia Archives and History

The Department of Arts, Culture and History launched a new website on September 15, 2021.
Old links that you may have bookmarked will not work. With regard to the Vital Research Records, the image links are now working.

We in Archives and History appreciate those individuals who use our pages for research purposes and apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused.

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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Latest News

The Archives and History Library will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26, in observance of Thanksgiving but will be open on Saturday, November 27.

History Day display space and History Hero nomination forms are available

History Bowl schedule and forms for 2022 available

Check out the Pic of the Week. And another for Thanksgiving.

Women in West Virginia added to the Photo Gallery

View recent donations to the West Virginia State Archives.

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Articles and documents on this site contain the exact wording of the original. Comments and suggestions about the website 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. Research requests from outside West Virginia must be accompanied by a $20 research fee; a $10 research fee must accompany in-state requests (checks made payable to Department of Arts, 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 (GPS coordinates: 38° 20'15"N 81° 36'50"W). Current hours are 9-5 Tuesday-Saturday. To visit, take Exit 99 (State Capitol/Greenbrier Street) of Interstate 64/77. Visitors to the Culture Center have several parking options.

For more information, contact West Virginia Archives and History at (304) 558-0230.