About the Archives

Since its creation in 1850 the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has been collecting the records and unique materials that document the growth of the Catholic faith in West Virginia. The collections in the archive date back to the early 1800s and encompass a wide variety of media. These collections will be opened for research after they have been properly processed and arranged at which time finding aids will be made available on this website. Please note that portions of or entire collections may be confidential or may have restrictions limiting access. Notable collections include:

  • Bishop Collections
  • Catholic Newspapers
  • Diocesan Records
  • Media
  • Parish Histories
  • Photographs
  • Sacramental Records
  • School Records & Transcripts

Please contact the archives for questions regarding our holdings.