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Harper's Ferry, W. Va.
Harper's Ferry, W. Va.
Detroit Publishing Co.
1 negative : glass.
[between 1880 and 1900]
Prints & Photographs Division.
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American Memory Historical Collections

Examples of materials related to West Virginia are provided for most of the collections listed below. Search on the term West Virginia to locate additional resources within these American Memory collections.

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 20,000 documents, which include correspondence and enclosures, drafts of speeches, and notes and printed material.

The African-American Experience in Ohio: Selections from the Ohio Historical Society

This selection of manuscript and printed text and images illuminates the history of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920 a story of slavery and freedom, segregation and integration, religion and politics, migrations and restrictions, harmony and discord, and struggles and successes.

African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907

This collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Search on West Virginia using the full-text option to locate items.

America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945

The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. The collection contains more than 1,500 black-and-white and two color photographs of West Virginia.

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940

These life histories were written by staff of the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers' Project for the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936-40. The Library of Congress Manuscript Division collection includes 2,900 documents representing the work of over 300 writers from 24 states. Search on West Virginia or coal miners to locate personal accounts of coal miners in West Virginia.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

This collection is a rich repository of Americana. In total, the collection comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present, encompassing key events and eras in American history. Browse the geographic location of printing to locate fifteen items printed in West Virginia.

Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America: Photographs by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner, 1935-1955

This collection is comprised of over 29,000 photographs primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures concentrated chiefly in the northeastern United States. Search on West Virginia to locate more than eighty images.

Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, 1933-Present

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies. Browse the collection by place to locate more than 400 items for West Virginia.

The Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake Bay Region, 1600-1925

This collection comprises 139 books on Washington, D.C. and the Chesapeake Bay region including first-person narratives, early histories, historical biographies, promotional brochures, and books of photographs that capture in words and pictures a distinctive region as it developed between the onset of European settlement and the first quarter of the twentieth century. Search on West Virginia using the full-text option to locate more than forty items.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.

Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society

This collection includes recruiting posters for New York City regiments of volunteers, stereographic views documenting both the mustering of soldiers and popular support for the Union in New York City, photography showing the war's impact, both in the North and South, and drawings and writings by ordinary soldiers on both sides.

The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920

This collection presents over 9,000 images relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials include cookbooks, photographs of billboards, print advertisements, trade cards, calendars, almanacs, and leaflets for a multitude of products.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920

This collection documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage.

Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection

This online collection incorporates 184 original sound recordings, 19 pages of fieldnotes, and 69 musical transcriptions with descriptive notes on tune histories and musical features; an illustrated essay about Reed's life, art, and influence; a list of related publications; and a glossary of musical terms.

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909

This collection consists of 397 pamphlets, published from 1824 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics.

Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training

This collection presents a window into the lives of American diplomats. Transcripts of interviews with U.S. diplomatic personnel capture their experiences, motivations, critiques, personal analyses, and private thoughts. The collection includes interviews from diplomats who were born in West Virginia.

Map Collections

The Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction those that have been converted to digital form. The collection is organized according to seven major categories: Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Cultural Landscapes, Discovery and Exploration, General Maps, Military Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation and Communication. Browse the geographic location index to locate maps of West Virginia.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Books

The books in this collection are nineteenth century American imprints, dating mainly from between 1850 and 1880. The collection is particularly strong in poetry and in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals

This collection comprises periodicals published in the United States during the nineteenth century, primarily during the second half of the century. The materials selected illuminate the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.

Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

This collection showcases materials from the Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (1978) and the Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest Collection (1992, 1994, 1996), providing a glimpse into America's diverse quilting traditions.

Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991

This collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. Browse the collection by place to locate photographs of West Virginia.

Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

This collection includes extensive interviews on native forest species and the seasonal round of traditional harvesting (including spring greens; summer berries and fish; fall nuts, and roots such as ginseng, fruits, and game). It also documents community cultural events such as storytelling, baptisms in the river, cemetery customs, and the spring "ramp" feasts that use the wild leek native to the region. Interpretive texts outline the social, historical, economic, environmental, and cultural contexts of community life, while a series of maps and a diagram depicting the seasonal round of community activities provide special access to collection materials.

Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920

This collection of photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States. Browse the collection by subject to locate 90 photographs of West Virginia.

Washington as It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959

This collection documents the architecture and social life of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, including exteriors and interiors of commercial, residential, and government buildings, as well as street scenes and views of neighborhoods. Browse the collection by subject to locate more than forty photographs of West Virginia.

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