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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, located at 1549 University Avenue in Morgantown, West Virginia, 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” web page.

In the interest of preservation and security, some rules and restrictions apply to public access. According to the Center’s 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.

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. Also see information about the Pearl S. Buck house in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, here: Pearl S. Buck in Pennsylvania.

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

More to Read

An insightful explanation of West Virginia poetry can be found through the website and more specifically at

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

Patricia Smart