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OCPL Archives Digitized Collections

OCPL Archives and Special Collections


Want to use one of our images or digital materials for publication in print or for use online?
➤ Fill out our online request form or
Download our Publication of Materials Form and send it to [email protected]

OCPL Flickr Photo Site:

We currently have over 3000 images from the OCPL Archives collections uploaded to our Flickr account. You can use the search box below to look for images through our Flickr account. 

View Archival Collections on OCPL Flickr site
View Geotagged Images on map


➤ Wheeling area maps
➤ West Virginia maps


Wheeling Intelligencer (1852-present) and News-Register (1864-present) newspapers, along with selected issues of the early Wheeling newspapers, Wheeling Repository (1807-08), Virginia Statesman (1828), Wheeling Compiler (1829), Western Virginia Times (1932), Wheeling Tri-Weekly Times (1834), Tippecanoe Flag and Peoples Advocate (1840), Wheeling Argus (1847), Weekly Western Virginia Argus (1852), Wheeling Argus (1855), Wheeling Times and Advertiser (1838-40),  and Deutsche Zeitung (one issue, 1907), are available on microfilm in the library.

Many of these newspapers have been digitized and are now available online.

➤ View Wheeling-area newspapers available online

Vertical Files:

What are vertical files? A vertical file (sometimes referred to as a clippings file or pamphlet file) is a collection of materials such as newspaper clippings, booklets, photographs, pamphlets, and other grey literature,  organized in folders by subject for easy reference. These folders are usually stored upright, thus the term "vertical" file. 

Vertical Files maintained in our Wheeling Room are composed primarily of newspaper clippings while our Archives Vertical Files contain photographs, pamphlets, and other materials that are one-of-a-kind or not easily replaced. 

View listing of Archives Vertical Files (many photographs have been digitized) 

Digital Vertical Files
We have also begun to create Digital Vertical Files. These contain .pdf files of newspaper pages, pamphlets, brochures, and small booklets, all grouped by subject. To access these files, visit our Document Center and click on the "Wheeling History Files " folder, then the "Digital Vertical Files" folder.

Journals and Magazines:

Upper Ohio Valley Historical Review (1968-present) - [coming soon]
Forward Wheeling (Wheeling Chamber of Commerce, 1931-1935.) - [coming soon]

Visual Collections:

➤ Photographic collections
➤ Etchings and Engravings  
➤ Postcards
➤ Real Photo Postcards
Upper Ohio Valley Historical Review Collection [journal publication]
(visit our Document Center and click on the "Upper Ohio Valley Historical Review" folder)

Booklets, Pamphlets, Brochures, & Manuscripts:

Civic Center Historical Murals Dedication Program [1981]
➤ Court Theatre Program: The Merry Widow [1909]
➤ Court Theatre Program: 1913-1914 Season
➤ 1936 Wheeling Flood Souvenir Booklet (WWVA Radio Station) [1936]
Market Auditorium Dedication Program, 1913
Report of the Health Department of Wheeling, West Virginia [1912-1913]
➤ Schmulbach Building promotional booklet [1907]
Soldiers' Monument Poem [1883]
Wheeling - Historic Outpost of the Central West [Wheeling Board of Trade Brochure, 1930s]
Wheeling Laws and Ordinances [1891]
Wheeling's 20th Man Speech, Harry H. Jones, (YWCA Collection, Blue Triangle [Segregated African American Branch] Series) [1936]

Souvenir Books &  Scrapbooks:

➤ Wheeling Illustrated [1889]
➤ Art Work of Wheeling [1904]
➤ Album of Wheeling, W. Va. [1888]

➤ Souvenir Album of Wheeling, 1883 [1883]
➤ Souvenir of Wheeling [1885]
➤ Souvenir of Wheeling [1905]
➤ Souvenir History of Wheeling [1905]
➤ Souvenir of Wheeling [1915]

Elizabeth K. Wingerter Scrapbook [1920s]

Rare Book Finding Lists:

➤ Special Collections books [Rare Wheeling-area books & manuscripts]
➤ Morrow rare book collection [17th-century—19th-century books, not all of local interest]
➤ DaRe rare book collection [Early Frontier-Era & Native American Ohio Valley history]

Archiving Wheeling:

Archiving Wheeling: Blog Site (Connecting archival collections to tell Wheeling stories)
Archiving Wheeling: Facebook page (Feature "This day in Wheeling history" posts)
From Camp Lee to the Great War (Podcast based on letters from two World War I recruits)
Wheeling Memory Project (Video oral history project)
Memories in Hand: Veterans Project (U.S. Military Veterans Photo Essay) 

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