The records of this immense and far-reaching work reside in the Robert C. Byrd Congressional Papers Collection in the Byrd Center Archives. Occupying almost 900 boxes, nearly a third of the overall collection, the West Virginia Projects Series spans four decades of Senator Byrd’s work on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Though the Senator served on the committee from 1959 until his death in 2010, the amount of funds secured for West Virginia projects increased exponentially in the last two decades of his career when he was alternatively chairman and ranking member of the committee. As a result of this work, Senator Byrd successfully obtained over $10 billion for West Virginia, supporting countless infrastructure, education, tourism, and industrial projects.
In the coming months as our traveling exhibit: “Senator Robert C. Byrd: Senator, Statesman, West Virginian” begins its two-year journey across West Virginia, we invite you to discover the legacy of Senator Byrd’s life and career in our state and our nation.