Guide to the West Virginia Centennial First-Day of Issue Envelope, June 20, 1963

Summary Information

Title: West Virginia Centennial First-Day of Issue Envelope, June 20, 1963
Collection: AC.611
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection includes a First-Day of Issue stamped and postmarked envelope marking the 100 years of West Virginia as a state. Postmarked June 20, 1963 in Wheeling, West Virginia with the special West Virginia Centennial stamp and pictureof the State Capitol in Charleston and the State Seal.

Creator: unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

The hills and valleys of the Mountain State came alive in 1963 as West Virginia celebrated 100 years of statehood. Musical events, drama, traveling exhibits, and festivities in each of the 55 counties highlighted the celebration. It began on West Virginia Day, June 20, 1962, with the appearance of former President Harry S. Truman at the state capitol in Charleston. One year later, on the state’s 100th birthday, President John F. Kennedy delivered the featured address at the state capitol. It was a rainy day, and the president took note. ‘‘The sun does not always shine in West Virginia, but the people do,’’ Kennedy said.

Many events marked the celebration, including a special ceremonial session of the West Virginia legislature held on April 20, 1963, in Wheeling, the state’s first capital. It was on April 20, 1863, that President Lincoln issued a proclamation that in 60 days West Virginia would become a state. The legislature met in Wheeling’s old U.S. Custom House, later known as West Virginia Independence Hall, the birthplace of West Virginia. (From the West Virginia Encyclopedia,

Scope and Contents

This collection is a First-Day of Issue stamped, postmarked 3.5x6.5 envelope commemorating the 100th Anniversary of West Virginia Statehood, 1863-1963. It has the West Virginia centennial stamp and was postmarked in Wheeling, West Virginia on June 20, 1963.


This is a single-item collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish, August 15, 2003. Accession number AC.2003.028

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.611: West Virginia Centennial First-Day of Issue Envelope, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Envelope, June 20, 1963 ACSC_Box 18, Folder 16