Forbes, Harold M. West Virginia History: A Bibliography and Guide to Research. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 1981. (A thorough bibliography of materials on State history, arranged by counties and then by broad subject. Some entries are annotated. Indexed.)

Appalachian Outlook. Morgantown: West Virginia University Library, 1970- (This is a publication which lists many books, articles, theses, government publications, etc., on Appalachia, including West Virginia.)

Norona, Delf and Charles Shetler, comps. West Virginia Imprints, 1790-1863: A Checklist of Books, Newspapers, Periodicals and Broadsides. Moundsville: West Virginia Library Association, 1958.


Cometti, Elizabeth and Festus Summers. The Thirty-Fifth State: A Documentary History of West Virginia. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 1966.

Comstock, Jim, ed. The West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia 25 vols., including 25 supplemental vols. Richwood: Jim Comstock, 1974. (An extremely useful resource on all facets of West Virginia history, including a number of hard-to-find books reprinted in the supplemental volumes.)

Conley, Phil, ed. West Virginia Encyclopedia. Charleston: West Virginia Publishing Co., 1929.

Gazetteers and Place Name Books

Erwin, Robert S. West Virginia Gazetteer of Physical and Cultural Place Names. West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, 1986.

Gannett, Henry. A Gazetteer of Virginia and West Virginia. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1975.

Janseen, Quininth. West Virginia Place Names. Shepherdstown: J & F Enterprises, 1984.

Kenny, Hamill. West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning. Piedmont: Place Names Press, 1945.

Biographical Dictionaries

Ayre, Nathaniel G. Who's Who in West Virginia. Clarksburg: Who's Who Historical Society, 1983.

Kelly, Richard A., ed. Outstanding West Virginians of 1969-1970. Charleston: Bold Enterprises, nd.

Morgan, John G. West Virginia Governors, 1863-1980. Charleston: Charleston Newspapers, 1980.

One Volume Histories

Recently published histories of West Virginia:

Ambler, Charles H. and Festus O. Summers. West Virginia: The Mountain State. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1958.

Rice, Otis K. and Stephen W. Brown. West Virginia: A History. 2nd ed. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1993.

Williams, John Alexander. West Virginia: A History. Nashville: American Association of State and Local History, 1984.

Williams, John Alexander. West Virginia: History for Beginners. Charleston: Appalachian Editions, 1993.

Williams, Tony L. West Virginia: Our State. Charleston: West Virginia Historical Education Foundation, 1990.

Multivolume Histories

Older State histories, which may be in your public library:

Callahan, James Morton. History of West Virginia. 3 vols. Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1923.

Lambert, Oscar D. West Virginia: Its People and Its Progress. 3 vols. Hopkinsville and Charleston: Historical Records Association, [1958].

Miller, Thomas C. and Hu Maxwell. West Virginia and Its People. 3 vols. New York: Lewis Publishing Co., 1913.

Shawkey, Morris P. West Virginia in History, Life, Literature and Industry. 5 vols. Chicago and New York: Lewis Publishing Co., 1928.


Goldenseal. Mountain Arts Foundation, West Virginia Division of Culture and History. (A popular quarterly magazine devoted to the culture and history of West Virginia, containing many articles and photographs of recent everyday life.)

West Virginia History. West Virginia Division of Culture and History. (A scholarly journal devoted to all aspects of State history, formerly a quarterly but now an annual publication.)

West Virginia Periodical Index. West Virginia Library Commission. (A cumulative subject and author index to Goldenseal West Virginia History and Wonderful West Virginia.)

Wonderful West Virginia. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. (A popular monthly magazine devoted to publicizing the State's history and natural resources. A good source for scenic pictures and illustrations about the State.)