The collection consists of 4 “groupings” of materials that were donated by the Huntington Herald Dispatch when it moved from former offices in Huntington to its newer one in 2021. These groupings include the Herald Dispatch Subject Files, the Name Files, the Photograph Index Files, and the Office Materials (materials boxed up from individual offices in the Herald Dispatch). The first grouping of Subject Files came to the archive in 23 cabinets with 4 drawers each and contains approximately 16,000 folders of subject headings spanning the 1950s to the 2000s. The second grouping of Name Files is in 7 large horizontal filing cabinets with 3 drawers that contain approximately 8,700 files for individuals named in the Herald Dispatch from the same time range as the Subject Files. Both groupings have a folder level index provided below for ease of access.
The third grouping in this collection, the Photograph Index Files, contains over a dozen individual plastic boxes and several metal filing cabinets worth of photo negatives taken by Herald Dispatch staff. This part of the selection is not inventoried and is unfortunately not organized into any pattern for locating materials. As such, this portion of the collection is at present not open to the public, but materials can be viewed if advanced notice is given so that archival staff can locate the photographs.
The last section consists of all Office Materials found in the process of Special Collections staff gathering materials onsite after the initial collection pickup. These materials do not easily fit into the other classification sections, and are located separately from the rest of the materials. This section of materials includes a variety of sports memorabilia, photographs, sports programs, sports files, WV state documents, Cabell County Board of Education materials, materials relating to the University System of West Virginia, materials on Marshall University, Herald Dispatch administration files, loose articles and designs, VHSs, books, magazines, and other miscellaneous materials.
Special collections material is obtained from many sources and is intended primarily for research and educational purposes. Certain works may be protected by copyright, trademark, or related interests not governed by the department. It is up to the researcher to verify that they have permission to use these materials for publication or other activities.
Access and Use
For more information or to use any of these collections, contact:
Special Collections, Morrow Library
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
Marshall University Special Collections, "0878: The Herald-Dispatch Archives" (2021). Guides to Manuscript Collections. 719.