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This interview is one of several in the Oral History of Appalachia collection in which the primary focus of conversation is national and world history. This interview contains little autobiographical information. However, it is apparent that Reverend Donnely has acquired an extensive and reputable knowledge of West Virginia culture and history. He mentions having published a history of Fayette County, West Virginia and discusses the numerous West Virginia artifacts he has collected. Other topics discussed include the career of Morris Harvey, the burning of the state capitol building in 1921, slavery and Blackes in the early coal mines.
Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-102.
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Marshall University Special Collections, OH64-102, Huntington, WV.