Local History & Genealogy

  • Extensive collection of materials on the people, places and events of the Lower Shenandoah Valley from 1732 to the present. The focus of the collection is Winchester and Frederick County.
  • Over 4000 published books: abstracts of county court records, county histories, genealogies, regimental histories, and studies of battles from the French and Indian War to the Civil War.
  • Newspapers from 1787 to the present, (incomplete). Some titles have been microfilmed; however, none are indexed.
  • Over 600 linear feet of manuscripts and ephemera, maps, photographs, and oral history tapes. Manuscript collections and published books appear in the library’s online catalog.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted in the archives reading room at any time. A water fountain and restrooms are on the lower level with the archives.
  • Hours in Archives are different from the rest of the library. See the Handley Library page for hours and location.
  • Researchers are asked to sign in when entering archives area
  • Researchers need to complete a registration form on their first visit to the archives each year.
  • Copies cost $.15 per page.
  • Material can be saved to a flash drive from the microfilm reader/ printer, photocopier and photos from in-house Past Perfect computer.
  • The archives accepts cash or checks.
  • Digital cameras are permitted on a case by case basis. 
  • Hand-held scanners are not permitted.
  • No parking lot is available for Handley Regional Library users.  City parking garages are nearby.  Visit the Winchester website for information http://www.winchesterva.gov/parking/autoparks.  There is limited parking metered spaces in front and side of the building.  Parking rules are enforced from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The cost of parking meters as of 2014 is $.75 cents per hour. Bring quarters.
  • Lockers are available to the researcher. 
  • For information regarding Winchester City hotels, restaurants, activities, etc. Please visit their website at http://www.winchesterva.gov/ or http://www.visitwinchesterva.com/visitor-info/visitor-center

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA  22604
540 662-9041, ext. 17