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Guide to Oral History Recordings

Overview

The West Virginia and Regional History Center possesses a large and diverse collection of oral history recordings documenting the culture and history of West Virginia and the surrounding region. Most interviews were conducted and recorded from the 1940s to the 1980s.

The content is diverse, covering topics such as:

industry (including agriculture, coal, glass, newspapers, railroads, timber, etc.)
immigration (including Swiss in the town of Helvetia, Italians, Polish, etc.)
labor history (including child labor, unions, strikes, mine disasters, "Mother Jones", etc.)
politics
education, health care, social work, religion
prohibition
folk culture (including folklore, music, food, blacksmithing, etc.)
poetry
transportation
utilities (including electricity, telephone, and water)
West Virginia University
World War I
Great Depression
World War II
baseball

 

Searching the Archives

List of Collections

Index

List of Collections with Index

Using the Collection

The sound recordings in the WVRHC oral history collection are available for use in the WVRHC facility during all full service hours. The reference staff will assist researchers with their requests and provide a listening station with audio equipment and headphones.

External reference and copy services are also available.

Those requesting copies of recordings will be required to complete and sign a "Conditions for Use of Audio and Motion Picture Materials" Form, which indicates:

Rates for Audio Copying