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West Virginia & Regional History Center, WVU’s Home of Literary and Historic Records

The West Virginia & Regional History Center at the Downtown Campus Library of the campus of West Virginia University (1549 University Avenue) in Morgantown offers numerous types of exhibits connected with the state’s literary and historical past. To find out about its current exhibits, go to the Center’s “Explore” page.

Some rules and restrictions apply. According to its website: “The WVRHC is open to the public and welcomes all who have an interest in consulting the Center’s resources. There is no fee or cost for basic use and no appointment is normally necessary.” To see special collections, however, advance notice to the staff is recommended. Morgantown has a population of around 31,000 residents, and the total enrollment of WVU is approximately 20,000.

Of special note is its Pearl S. Buck collection. According to “The Pearl S. Buck Literary Manuscripts collection includes the great majority of manuscripts comprising Buck’s literary works, including her novels, non-fiction, children’s books, and short stories, as well as articles and speeches, among other material. There is also material about Pearl Buck herself. Formats include holographs, typescripts, typescript carbons, mixed manuscripts, galleys, and more.”

The History Center is also known for its extensive collection of works by popular science fiction author Isaac Asimov.

Also See

Read about the homestead museum of Pearl S. Buck, which is also open to visitors, at Pearl S. Buck in West Virginia.

West Virginia has literary landmarks of at least two other science writers. Read about them here: Homer Hickam and Gray Barker.

Keep Reading

A great explanation of West Virginia poetry can be found at the website at

This is the first stop on our West Virginia Author Adventures Trail!

Patricia Smart