In 2010, the West Virginia Legislature passed a resolution designating the week following Labor Day as Labor History Week in West Virginia and encouraging schools to provide instruction during that week on labor history events. 

In recognition of Labor History Week, West Virginia Archives and History has created this page featuring links to some of our online labor-related resources.

Labor (History Center)
Disasters (History Center)

West Virginia Labor History Association Collection (finding aid)
William Blizzard Collection (finding aid)
Kennedy Family Collection (finding aid)
Libbey-Owens-Ford Glassworkers Collection (finding aid)
Logan Coal Operators Collection (finding aid)
Wheeling Socialist Party Collection (finding aid)

In addition, photos from the Coal Life Project, Meadow River Lumber Company, and Hawks Nest Tunnel Collection are among images that can be viewed in our online Photograph Collection Database at

Transcripts of interviews with several individuals (notably Dixie Accord, Bettijane Burger, Tom Chafin, Ron Eller, Ken Hechler, Mike Hornick, Stuart McGehee, Cecil Roberts, and Lon Savage) conducted for West Virginia: A Film History, available on the Archives and History Web site at, contain discussion of labor-related topics.

History Center

West Virginia Archives and History