The West Virginia State University Archives is located on the second floor (room 206) of the Drain-Jordan Library. The archives houses materials concerning the history of the College, its alumni and staff. It also contains information on African Americans in West Virginia, the history of African American higher education, and the history of the 20th century. These materials include monographs and rare books, university documents, records, manuscript materials, photographs, sound recordings, video recordings, and maps.

Archives hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday. After hour appointments may be made by calling (304) 766-3218.

    Mailing address:
  • WVSU Archives
    Drain-Jordan Library
    Campus Box 166
    West Virginia State University
    Institute, WV 25112-1002


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 Drain-Jordan Library
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(c 1900)


Guide to the Use of Special Collections and Archives

  1. Please sign the visitor's register upon entering.
  2. Place all personal possessions, except notebook and pencils, in RM. 203.
  3. Eating, Drinking or use of Tobacco Products is not permitted in the Library.
  4. Use only pencils or personal computers in the Research Room.
  5. Identify and obtain permission to use a personal book in the Research Room.
  7. Please exercise care in handling materials:
  8. If needed for an extended period of time, materials may be placed on reserve.

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