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West Virginia Newspapers

The West Virginia and Regional History Center holds the largest collection of historical West Virginia newspapers in existence, dating from 1791 to the present. West Virginia Newspapers, 1790-1990: A Union List describes specific holdings for about 1200 West Virginia newspapers which are available for viewing on microfilm at the WVRHC. Users can research the Collection's holdings using MountainLynx, the WVU Libraries' Online Catalog.

To determine newspaper holdings for a particular West Virginia city or town:

  • Combine the word 'newspaper' with the name of the town in a keyword search
  • Example: charleston newspaper
  • If you do not find the results you are looking for, help is available in the library at service desks or online at Ask a Librarian

Because of the high demand for access to the newspaper collection, only duplicate reels of newspaper microfilm are available through Interlibrary Loan. Please see our Interlibrary Loan page for our Duplicate Microfilm Inventory.

Duplicate copies of West Virginia newspaper microfilms that were microfilmed by the WVU Libraries are available at a charge of $75 per roll, and can be ordered using the Microfilm Reproduction Request Form.

Recent current issues of West Virginia newspapers are maintained in the Periodicals Department on the 2nd level of the Downtown Library Complex until they are transferred to the microphotography unit or the West Virginia & Regional History Center every two weeks. For a list of currently received newspaper titles, please see the West Virginia Newspapers: Current Subscriptions. The list includes West Virginia newspaper websites.

The Charleston newspapers are the only papers that are indexed on a regular basis. Please see Charleston Newspapers Index- January 1985-Present for access to this index. Also, the Charleston Newspaper Index from 1973 to 1988 is available in book format.  Other indexes available in book format are for Clarksburg newspapers for the years 1810 to 1825, Kanawha Valley newspapers from 1855 to 1865, the Martinsburg Gazette published from 1810 to 1855, and Mannington newspapers from 1890 to 1899.

An index to the WVRHC miscellaneous newspaper microfilm is also available.

Thanks to the National Digital Newspaper Program, some of our West Virginia newspaper holdings can be accessed online through Chronicling America website hosted by the Library of Congress.  Currently, the following newspapers are available:  Daily Intelligencer, November 12, 1859 - June 24, 1865; Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, August 24, 1852 - November 11, 1859; and The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, June 26, 1865 - December 31, 1898.  Ultimately, all issues from 1852 to 1903 will be added.  Additional newspapers that will be digitized are:  Cooper’s Clarksburg Register, Clarksburg (1851-1861); Spirit of Jefferson, Charles Town (1844-1899); Star of the Kanawha Valley, Buffalo (1855-1856), and Kanawha Valley Star, Charleston (1856-1861); Monongalia Mirror (1849-1855) and American Union (1855-1859), both Morgantown; The Weekly Register, Point Pleasant (1862-1909); The Democrat (1868-1874) and The Weston Democrat (1875-1902), both Weston.

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