WV Culture & History to Dedicate Archive of Works and Letters of Sen. Jennings Randolph

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | June 20, 2018

WV MetroNews.  Close to 900 boxes of now fully cataloged materials from the archives of former U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph (D-W.Va.) will officially be made available to researchers in the Mountain State and worldwide on West Virginia Day.

“It’s really a rich collection,” said Joe Geiger, director of archives and history with the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

Acquired more than a decade ago, Geiger said a renewed push to process all of the documents, photos and other materials in the collection was undertaken last summer to make it easier for researchers to locate specific items in the collection through an extensive listing.

A link to the listing is available HERE.

“Going to that level of detail will help find materials in this collection that will benefit them,” Geiger said. “It was lengthy process in terms of getting this in a condition that it will be kept now permanently.”

On Wednesday, West Virginia’s 155th birthday, an online exhibit will be unveiled and the new collection finding aid reviewed during a 1 p.m. ceremony at the West Virginia Culture Center’s Archives and History Library located at the State Capitol Complex.

Scheduled speakers include state Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Workman, Secretary of State Mac Warner, House Speaker Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha, 40) and former 3rd District Congressman Nick Rahall among others.

Frank Randolph, Randolph’s younger son, and Brian Randolph, Randolph’s grandson, were also expected to attend.

“It’s a wonderful collection for West Virginians particularly,” Geiger said.

Randolph was born in Salem in 1902 and rose to the national political stage when he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1932. He served seven terms in the U.S. House before losing in the 1946 election.

In 1958, Randolph won a special election to the U.S. Senate and continued to serve in the U.S. Senate until 1985.

By that time, he had cast more than 10,750 votes.

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