An active program of collecting manuscripts was begun in 1948 by Dr. Elizabeth Cometti of the Marshall College History Department, with an aim of emphasizing the study of West Virginia history on the graduate as well as the undergraduate level. Her first acquisitions formed the nucleus of our present collections.

The processing of the manuscript collections began in earnest in 1973 with the opening of the Special Collections Department in the James E. Morrow Library.

This guide describes the first five hundred accessions, and replaces an earlier guide (1979). The collections are listed in alphabetical order and are numbered consecutively for indexing purposes. Later accessions are described in addenda to this publication.

Collections with manuscript numbers are those that have been processed and, in most cases, have a detailed guide or inventory. Collections with accession numbers only are unprocessed, except for placement in folders or boxes. No guides or inventories are available for unprocessed collections.

Users of the collections should note that the library staff will need either the ACCESSION number or the MANUSCRIPT number in order to retrieve a collection.

All manuscripts are opened to the public, except in a few cases in which restrictions limit access. These collections are clearly identified. In most cases photocopying of manuscripts is limited or prohibited.



Maintained by Lisle Brown, Curator, Special Collections
2008, Special Collections, Marshall University