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Eastern Regional Coal Archives

 The Eastern Regional Coal Archives is Southern West Virginia's Research Facility Dedicated to Collecting, Preserving, and Making Available The Priceless Heritage of the Coal Fields.

The Eastern Regional Coal Archives Contains:

Company Records
Company Store Record Books
Miner's Tools
Oral History Tapes
Railroad Memorabilia
Rare Books
Secondary Research Materials

Visitors may search our Accession List  below before visiting the archives and see what collections you may be interested in viewing .  Please call ahead for an appointment so the curator may have sufficient time to get materials prepared.


The Eastern Regional Coal Archives is a unique example of public-private sector cooperation.   The 1983 Pocahontas Coalfield Centennial  Celebration collected a great quantity of historical  materials.  At the conclusion of the centennial, the accumulated memorabilia was deposited in the Craft Memorial Library in Bluefield, the Mercer County Service Center.  Funding for the ongoing collection of coalfield history comes from the A. R. Matthews Foundation, with support service from the public library.  The Coal Archives seeks to make public history an active force in the development of the coalfield region.                                                  

Please call for an appointment if you
plan on visiting the archives.
If the archives can be of service to anyone interested in the coal industry and its rich and unique history, or if readers have materials which they feel ought to be preserved so that future generations can understand the mighty heritage of the coalfields, please feel free to contact the:

Eastern Regional Coal Archives
Craft Memorial Library
600 Commerce Street
Bluefield, WV, 24701
For more information, email or call Becky Kauffman at 304-325-3943.