Various artifact collections have recently been placed in the Folklife Center Archives, and resources to properly process and store these artifacts have been obtained. The Folklife Center at Fairmont State University actively seeks donations of any artifacts that will help interpret West Virginia folklife. This may include photographs, family memorabilia, journals, letters, oral histories and folklore, and any other materials of such nature. Individuals who may want to contribute to this growing collection should contact Dr. Judy P. Byers or Mr. Noel W. Tenney at the WV Folklife Center at Fairmont State University.

Patty Looman Collection - A recent acquisition from Patty Looman has been added to the archives.  This collection features more than 200 books on the subject of traditional, regional music.  As well as song books, how to play books, and a variety of historical works.  Also included in the collection is more than 450 cassette tapes, many are commercially produced, but there are a significant number of cassettes that were self-recorded by Patty during jam sessions.  The attached Finding Aid provides a detailed listing of the collection holdings.

Heritage Textiles Collection Russell Wright Pottery Collection
Ruth Ann Musick Literary Collection Buddy Myers Photo Collection


Contact Info

The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center

on the campus of Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 367-4403

Pat Musick
Pat Musick
, Interim Director
Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
(304) 367-3606


FSUNow Stories

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Students from Fairmont State University’s “The Art of Storytelling” course have the opportunity to present storytelling programming for the community.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host a special event on Friday, Nov. 6, saluting traditional country and bluegrass music and a renowned scholar.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

The One-Room Schoolhouse, a Fairmont State University campus landmark, remains a visible symbol of the University’s continued focus on teaching and learning. Located near the Bryant Street Entrance to main campus, the museum is a significant artifact of regional and educational history.

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