Meriam-Webster defines vertical file as, “a collection of articles (pamphlets and clippings) that is maintained (as in a library) to answer brief questions or to provide points of information not easily located.”
Vertical files were very popular in libraries before internet searching as a way to collate like materials found on specific subjects. The Special Collections vertical files contain clippings, pamphlets, articles, booklets and other literature that is too insignificant to catalog. This index serves as a guide to the folders contained within the collection.
The bulk of this collection was curated from the 1970s-2000 and is broken into two distinct series: Pamphlet and Newspaper Clippings Biographies
Vertical File Index, 1970s-2000, Special Collections Department, Marshall University, Huntington, WV.