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.
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.
American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray
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
Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project,
1936 to 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.
Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed
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
Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake
Bay Region, 1600 to 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 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.
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. The collection contains more than 100 photographs of West Virginia.
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.
Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives
Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs
The photographs in the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection form an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944. The collection contains more than 2,500
black-and-white photographs of West Virginia.
Photographers working for the U.S. government's Farm Security Administration and later the Office of War Information between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs that depict life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The collection contains two color photographs of West Virginia.
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
Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection,
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.
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
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.
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey
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. The collection contains more than 7,000 items peratining to West Virginia.
Ferry National Historical Park, General Views, Shenandoah
Street, Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, WV
Virginia Capitol, 1800 Washington Street, East, Charleston,
Kanawha County, WV
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. The collection contains more than forty photographs of West Virginia.
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
and Exploration, General
Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation
and Communication. Browse the geographic
location index to locate maps of West
This collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring
American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. The collection contains more than twenty images for West Virginia.
and Quiltmaking in America, 1978 to 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.
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.