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The Cabell-Wayne Historical Society Vertical Files consist of a variety of topics related to the Huntington, Ohio, and Kentucky regions of the United States. The collection covers the time period from the 1880s to the time of the Cabell-Wayne Historical Society's closure in 1974. The boxes were arranged in alphabetical order based on topic.

The bulk of the vertical file collection relates to activities, events, buildings, and personalities of the Cabell County, West Virginia tri-state area of southwestern West Virginia, southeastern Ohio, and eastern Kentucky. The collection includes material related to the Civil War, railroads and transportation in West Virginia, the first banks in the city of Huntington, bank robberies, church directories, court records of West Virginia and Kentucky, parks, hospitals, census records, genealogy records, obituaries, and many miscellaneous topics. These topics are presented as advertisements, stories, ads, newspaper clippings, journals, letters, pamphlets, and books. The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings, many of which are in very fragile condition.

The collection of photographs relates to the people, places and events that surrounded Cabell and Wayne counties in West Virginia. The bulk of the collection relates to the families that have lived in the region, such as the Buffingtons. The rest of the collection includes significant events, including political campaigns, soldiers from various wars, parades, and different buildings at different times. Specific items of interest are a picture of General Robert E. Lee at White Sulfur Springs, WV in 1869, The American Red Cross Canteen at the C & O Railroad during WWI, Theodore Roosevelt's 1912 Bullmoose party campaign stop at the Cabell County Courthouse, and Wendell Wilke's 1940 presidential campaign stop in Huntington. Another portion of the collection is dedicated to the floods that have occurred over time, with the bulk of that dedicated to the 1937 flood.

To view materials from this collection that are digitized and available online, search the Cabell-Wayne Historical Society Collection here.


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.

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For more information or to use any of these collections, contact:
Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
(304) 696-2343


Span Dates: 1880-1973

The supplementary file also included is the contents of this collection that are stored in the Vertical Files, also housed in Special Collections.