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The West Virginia University Libraries collections are rich and diverse, containing current and historical resources to enhance research. The WVU Libraries collections develop through acquisitions, gifts, and cooperative collection development programs with other research institutions and consortia.

West Virginia & Regional History Center

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Archives and Manuscripts

Archives and manuscripts holdings document West Virginia's founding, as well as all aspects of the state's economic, cultural, and social history. 

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Modern Congressional and Political Collections

The Modern Congressional and Political Collection preserves the papers of members of Congress, political parties, and state and local political actors in the 20th and 21st centuries. The papers document federal, state, and local government activities. 

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Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera Collection includes more than 100,000 pieces, including pamphlets, brochures, isolated periodical issues, news clippings, event announcements and programs, and advertisements published primarily from the late 19th century to the present.

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Rare Books

The Rare Books Collection contains old and rare books from 1300 to the present which have been donated to the University Libraries or transferred from the Libraries' general collections. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of literature, history, religion, philosophy, and natural history. 

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West Virginia History On View

Thousands of digital images portray a variety of people and topics connected to West Virginia and the Appalachian region.

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