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 Wheeling History Online  |  OCPL Archives  |  Genealogy Resources   |  General/Academic Research

A 1849 engraving of the City of Wheeling from the Brown Photo Collection. To view more photos like this, visit the 'Historic Images of Wheeling' page.The Ohio County Public Library houses a substantial collection of material related to the rich history Wheeling and the surrounding area have accumulated since settlers first arrived in the 1700s. In addition to the collection of local and regional history books located in the Wheeling Room, the library maintains an archive of photographs, ephemera, musical recordings and a vast assortment of other materials preserving our area's unique and diverse heritage.


Wheeling History Online:

Looking for biographies of prominent Wheeling citizens? Histories of local businesses or building? Give our Wheeling History Online section a try. We have an extensive collection of short histories and resources pertaining to Wheeling and Ohio County and the Library is always adding new information to its "Wheeling History Online" section. 

Go to Wheeling History Online now 

Have a Wheeling history question or want to request a page is added to our history section? ➤ Ask a Local History Specialist!


OCPL Archives & Special Collections:

The Ohio County Public Library recognizes an obligation to amass and make available a Local History Collection. The purpose of this collection is to preserve materials that document the history of Wheeling and the Upper Ohio Valley region and to make these materials available to researchers and the general public.

We collect and house non-published materials such as photographs, photograph albums, scrapbooks, personal and corporate archives, journals, letters, maps, prints, pamphlets, brochures, advertising ephemera, and a vast assortment of other materials preserving our area's unique and diverse heritage. 

Start exploring the OCPL Archives & Special Collections 

Have a question about our archival material or want to set up an appointment to view our archival collections? ➤ Ask an Archivist!


Genealogy Resources:

Searching for your family history? Our Wheeling Room is the place you want to visit! Local and regional history books and magazines, city directories, cemetery indexes, yearbooks, family histories, and more grace the shelves of the Wheeling Room. 

View our Genealogical Resources

Looking for an obituary or have a family history question? ➤ Ask a Genealogist!


General/Academic Research:

Writing a paper or book? Or do you just have that obscure question that you can't quite answer? Our Reference Desk can help you out. Whether you're looking for primary source materials for your thesis, or answers to pop culture questions, we'll either find an answer for you or a source where you can get your answers. 

View our online databases 
Search our online catalog *

*NOTE: If you can't find what you're looking for in our catalog, you can always request materials through Interlibrary Loan

Need help finding materials or answers to questions?  ➤ Ask a Reference Librarian!


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