They include the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies. On the campus of Shepherd University, the center has become the home for much of what Byrd had amassed in his Capitol Hill offices during his more than a half-century there. One year later, center staff continues to catalog the estimated 3,000 cubic feet of documents, photographs, art objects, mementos and other items.
Center Director Ray Smock said they've begun finding Byrd's margin notes throughout thick briefing books, copies of legislation and other volumes.
"We keep discovering things about Sen. Byrd, including how meticulous he was as a student," Smock said Friday. "He was just devouring information. He would underline something and write `Memorize this.'"
Smock said the center has long-range plans for a Byrd legacy project. It will start with traveling exhibits of recordings, documents, photos and other items within the next year. Staff also intends to compile an oral history from Byrd's colleagues and friends, Smock said, while assembling memorabilia, letters and stories shared by constituents.
That unofficial archive provided by West Virginians will include such anecdotes as one from a woman who told staff of how Byrd saved her family's dairy farm 30 years ago by going to bat against a proposed federal Department of Agriculture regulation change.
"These stories are often lost unless someone goes after them," Smock said.
The center is also about to publish "Congress Investigates." The two-volume, 1,200 page study ranges from Congress' first investigation, in 1792 of a disastrous U.S. defeat against Native Americans, to the 2005 probe following Hurricane Katrina. The 27 investigation topics in between include Watergate, the Clinton impeachment case and the Sept. 11 attacks.
"This is the kind of work that Sen. Byrd wanted this center to do," Smock said.
But not all his namesakes have endured.
The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program aimed to reward college-bound, high-achieving high school seniors. It lost its funding earlier this year amid the ongoing struggle to tackle the federal deficit.
Among the state's delegation, spokeswomen for Republicans Reps. David McKinley and Shelley Moore Capito noted that the Obama Administration decided to cut the program. Capito's office added that Congress hasn't finished its look at education funding. Rep. Nick Rahall, a Democrat who represented Byrd's hometown of Sophia, says he'll try to restore funding. Rockefeller and Manchin support that move, their spokespeople said.
Around 28,000 college students nationwide received the scholarship before it shut down, at a cost of around $42 million. Barth said the individual amounts were modest -- each student received $1,500 annually for four years -- but that the point was to encourage youth who embrace education.
"He used to get the sweetest thank-you notes from student from all over the country. They were grateful for the recognition of their academic success," she said. "We always wrote them back to thank them for the thanks, and telling them to keep up the good work."