When Hollywood Came to West Virginia

A Premier Premiere Collection The night was finally here.  After months of anticipation and preparation, the streets of Wheeling were packed with more than 12,000 fans awaiting glimpses of their favorite Hollywood stars. [1] Wheeling’s own Court Theatre was hosting the world premiere of The Fool’s Parade, and an elaborate parade had been staged to…

Bethany College, The Upper Ohio Valley Collection

– submitted by Sharon Monigold, Reference, Instruction and Archives Librarian, Bethany College The T.W. Phillips Memorial Library at Bethany College houses numerous archival and special collections including: the Bethany College archives, the Alexander Campbell collection, the James Hazlett Civil War collection, and the local history holdings that comprise the Upper Ohio Valley Collection. The Upper…

Restoration in progress in Historic Waldomore, Clarksburg, WV

Knocking Off the Cobwebs: Bringing Life Back to Waldomore

– Submitted by Catherine Clevenger, Waldomore Manager, Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library With its doors closed, contents in storage, and contractors walking the halls, the antebellum mansion known as Waldomore—located in Clarksburg—has temporarily closed for an extensive renovation. This renovation is part of a revitalization of Waldomore and its collections. The staff has turned their attention to…

Featured Image: Ellen Dunable Postcard Collection, Museums of Oglebay Insitute

40 Years and 40 Binders

The Ellen Dunable Postcard Collection at the Museums of Oglebay Institute – submitted by Kelsy Traeger,  Curator at the Musuems of Oglebay Insitute in Wheeling, WV The Museums of Oglebay Institute’s archival collections primarily focus on materials related to Wheeling area and Oglebay family history. This includes the Ellen Dunable Postcard Collection, which features 40 binders…

Ask An Archivist Day 2016

October 5 is Ask an Archivist Day. Archivists from around the country will respond to questions on Twitter with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist, and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about archives. Questions can range from the silly to the serious, and participants are encouraged to ask about archives generally, specific collections, or preserving personal materials. For…

Law and Commerce Building (circa 1922). -From the collections of the Eastern Regional Coal Archives

Building In Bluefield

Mahood Architectural Collection – Eastern Regional Coal Archives in Bluefield, WV -Submitted by Patrick Corcoran, PreserveWV AmeriCorps Volunteer, Eastern Regional Coal Archives in Bluefield, WV Alexander “Alex” Mahood, Sr. was born on March 7, 1888, in Lynchburg, Va.  After studying architecture, most notably at École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he began practicing in southern West Virginia.  In 1912,…

Featured Image: West Virginia Archives Month

October is West Virginia Archives Month!

The West Virginia Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) is celebrating with the launch of a new website, www.archivingwestvirginia.org. The mission of Archiving West Virginia is to create an online directory of archival repositories around the state, host blog posts and galleries highlighting and promoting individual archival collections, and create a calendar of events…