2021 Acquisitions Report

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

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

Listed below are new gifts and items accessioned in the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives from January to December 2021. The Handley Regional Library and the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society jointly operate the Archives. The ownership of the items in the holdings is designated THL for the Handley Library and WFCHS for Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society.

To view these collections, please visit the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives at the Handley Regional Library. Our hours of operation are as follows:

Please note, the Reading Room will close for lunch daily from 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM.

Monday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

An index of manuscript collections is available via this link.

Apple Blossom Festival Collection 46 THL (15 items) Programs from various years from 1926 through 1955/from the Francis & Helen Kowalski Collection 1339 THL; (2 items) 1946 program and supplement with parade route, etc./gift from Robert Allen Frye, (3 photos) Harrisonburg Girls Glee Club float, American Legion Float, Pageant on Handley steps /gift from Mr. & Mrs. Nitz

Austin, William Collection 95 THL (3 items) 1806 almanac in German, war bond wallet, leather with gold border, and paper war bonds, 1922 Golden Jubilee Montgomery Ward catalog/gift from William Austin

Bond, Walker Family Papers 163 THL (4 items) knitting patterns for sox and sweaters, manuscript, and manuscript crochet pattern/gift from Carrie Walker Bond.

Businesses of the Area Collection 1598 THL ( 1 item) Savage’s Distillery business card with list of distillers of Old VA Mountain Rye, Kernstown, VA/gift from Mrs. Frank (Billie) Earnest; (7 items) Miller’s Drug Store prescription bag, Rosenberger catalogs, bank bag and coin bag from Shenandoah Valley National Bank, calendar, and notebook from Commercial & Savings Bank/gift from Joan M. Wood;  (1 item) Articles of Agreement to form Bell & Miller mercantile business in Winchester, May 1, 1868, 1 page, manuscript/gift from Jenny Powers

Casey, Robert Family Collection 74 THL (2 items) map of “Homespun,” of John Bell, Esq., 1858 and map of two parcels of the Estate of John N. Bell, Esq. titled “Homespun”/gift of Robin Casey

Civil War Collection 1610 THL (2 items) booklet about General James Johnston Pettigrew, printed, 17 leaves, “Rededication of General James Johnston Pettigrew Monument” booklet, by UDC in Bunker Hill, WV, July 2021/ gift from Gary Gimbel; (1 item) letter from John Hite to Frederick Hite, dated June 6, 1862, 2 leaves with envelope/gift from Robert Holstein

Coalition for Racial Unity Records 1368 THL (109 items) newsletters, programs, correspondence regarding Coalition for Racial Unity projects including awards, people, etc. printed, photocopied and typescript/gift from Ethel Doherty

Cold War Collection 1745 THL (1 photo) A3c James Strosnider, USAF/gift from James A. Strosnider

Colt, Margaretta Barton 1472 THL (19 photos) Frederick County, includes Barton family members and noted sites: Vaucluse, Carysbrooke, and Springdale; dates vary from 1828 to 1989/gift from Margaretta Barton Colt

Cross, Robert and Mary Collection 565 THL (1 photo) Cook family circa 1923/gift from Robert & Mary Cross

Douglas Alumni Association Collection 555 THL (14 photos) teachers & students/gift from Gloria Gaither Gardner; (1 photo) 1964-65 marching band/gift from Sharon Dixon; (7 photos) Dr. H.M. Brooks, Effie Davis, et al/gift from Judy Humbert & Sharon Harris; (5 photos) Douglas School alumni, Gibson Drum and Bugle Corps majorettes/gift from Judy Humbert; (3 items) Commencement invitation, class day, and card of Sadie Finley Washington, 1930/gift from Elizabeth Washington; (28 items) programs, invitations, diplomas, news articles, obituary, yearbook pages from various dates 1948 to 2000/gift from Gloria Gaither Gardner, (3 items) fabric letter D from cheerleading sweater, Alumni Association membership card, printed, and souvenir clip 3x11.5 cm printed with Douglas School 1927-1966, a state and national historic site/gift from Judy Humbert;  (3 items) manuscript letters between Hester Harris and Annie Baltimore regarding finances from dinner dance 1972/gift from Sharon Harris; (1 item) 1966 athlete of the year, engraved trophy to Randolph Martin, basketball/gift from Randolph Martin, (3 items) questionnaires for alumni of Douglas School/gift from Randolph Martin; (1 photo) Douglas High School faculty 1963-64/gift from Judy Humbert; (2 trophies) Douglas Midget League Champs 1961 with basketball player on wooden base and Most Valuable Player, Clarence Curry, 1963-64, with football player with two silver eagles on wooden base/gift from Clarence “Butch” Curry; (3 items) Douglas High School artifacts – mug with historic site designation, Douglas Alumni Association first advisor plaque 1938, Senior Memories of Judy Humbert class of 1965 with inscriptions, 15 unnumbered pages, printed/gift from Judy Humbert                     

Duncan, Richard R. Collection 1416 THL (92 items) 90 microfilm reels of Civil War correspondence, newspapers, government papers, cap and hood belong to Professor Duncan/gift from HRL Board from the estate of Richard R. Duncan

(Fairfax) Thomas, Lord Fairfax Collection 57 THL (2 items) Land Grant to Jacob VanMeter, November 7, 1769, 1 leaf, manuscript, Fairfax Deed, VanMeter supplement, digital scan of oversize original/gift from followers of Winchester Tales, Michael Robinson; original manuscript of Lord Fairfax THL (1 item) Google earth overlay of Jacob VanMeter land grant, Book O, page 242, printed, color/gift from Jason G. Bly

Fremont Church Collection 1541 THL (5 items) copy of 1853 deed for Union Church and school Frederick Co. Deed Book 80, pp. 435-7, 4 leaves, photocopies news articles about Fremont Church (formerly Union Church), handwritten notes about Church and school, flash drive with notes about Church and school, postcard of Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA/gift from John Crone

Fremont Street Nursery Collection 1817 THL (37 photos copied) people and events at the school, various dates from 1950 to   1993/gift from Freda Roberson

French & Indian War Foundation Collection 1177 THL (25 photos) includes members of Darlington and Quirk families, Washington’s Well, and 419 North Loudoun Street, various dates from 1910 – 1940s/gift from French and Indian War Foundation

Ginn Family Collection 1672 WFCHS (1 item) Certificate for E. May Ginn, 1898, from Fairfax Hall/gift from Tom Lupton

Glaize and Brothers Collection 1399 THL (10 items) Home building catalogs, n.d., various number of pages/gift from Joan Wood

Grunderman, Mark Collection 1806 THL essays by Grunderman on variety of local history topics/gift from Mark Grunderman

Handley Library Collection 39 THL (3 items) Sketch of Historic Churches of Old Town Winchester/gift from Olivia Hawks Cather; 1949 Minstrel show to benefit City and Church softball leagues, November 1949 (Patsy Cline is listed as a performer)/gift from Joan Wood, 2 photos of Colin Powell with Andy Roberts and with Viola Brown on her 109th birthday. / gift from Andy Roberts. Articles about Dr. Madison Briscoe and Dr. John Poulson/ gift from Sharon W. Dixon.

Handley Library Records 138 THL (19 photos) children’s programs including Dr. Seuss, Muppets, Harry Potter, etc./received from Donna Hughes, Bowman Library; (4 photos) children’s program “Ride a Butterfly,” 1991/received from children’s room

Hardy, Anne Q. Collection 10 WFCHS (1 photo) Anne Q. Hardy and 1929 Hudson Modal A/received from Chip Hardy

Harris, Sharon and Charles Collection 1790 THL (2 photos) Harry Ransom & Square Deal Grocery/gift from Sharon Harris

Hickman, Isabelle Bailey Papers 1658 THL (5 items) three indentures and two subsequent land grants, varied dates from 1789 to 1849/gift from David S. Clarke

Hopewell Centre Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends Records 1615 THL (1 item) photo of aerial view of Hopewell Friends Meeting House. / Gift from Hopewell Centre Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Humbert, Judy Collection 899 THL (30 items) 23 memorial cards, printed booklets, programs of events including NAACP banquet, church directories of Mt. Carmel Church (one with no date, one dated 2008), 100th birthday program Agnes Burns in Feb. 2020, 50th wedding anniversary of Floyd and Ella Finley program of Nov. 2001, photograph of 1953 graduates of Negro Day Nursery, Douglas School Graduates in the 1950s/gift of Judy Humbert

James Wood High School Collection 689 THL (1 item) Fifth annual Science Fair program, 1967, 6 pages, printed/gift from Mary Froelich

Jenkins, David Michael Collection 194 THL (13 photos) various military photos from WWII, 1950s, Moose Lodge 1986, Jenkins – Vietnam 1970-71, wedding 1982, /gift from David M. Jenkins

John Handley High School Collection 145 THL (1 item) sermon to 1926 graduating class, printed, 2 pages/gift from Christine C. Gibson; (2 items) 1980 Baccalaureate service program, 2 pages, printed and 1970 Sermon to Graduates program, 2 pages, printed/gift from Gloria Gardner; (11 items) one triangular football banner, three 1946 game programs, one 1949 program, three from 1955, two from 1956/gift from Joan W. Wood

John Mann United Methodist Church Collection 1628 THL (2 items) program of the 39th session of Free Baptist Churches of VA, WV, and MD, 1 page, printed, “Dedication Services of an Organ” November 1959, 2 pages/gift from Gloria Gardner

Jones, Donald D. Collection 1769 THL (20 folders) genealogy of Wingfield family of Virginia and England/gift from Donald D. Jones

Kids Are Our Concern Collection 1816 THL (12 items) promotions pamphlets, newsletters, two books for parents/gift from Mary Froelich

Land Records and Surveys 1126 THL (1 item) deed to Richard Powell from James Wood of 100 acres dated 1797, 1 page/purchased, (3 items) indenture of land from John McKamie to Isaac Perkins, signed by James Wood, 1766, 2 pages, and a manuscript letter from attorney detailing land inherited by James and Elizabeth Barber from William Henshaw, 1835, 1 page/gift from Glenne White

Lewis, Howard & Joan Collection 1279 THL (25 items) 23 photos of 610 Amherst Street pre-, renovation, and post-renovation/gift from Howard & Joan Lewis

Lowery, Robin Williams Collection `1787 THL (2 items) Eric Coates in 1993 and at LFCC graduation/gift from Robin Williams Lowery

McCabe, Susan Collection 1721 THL (8 items) family chart of Robert Gray of Donegall Ireland and Virginia, material about Tosspot family. three manumission papers and one deed of emancipation with dates from 1792 to 1812/gift from Susan L. McCabe

Marbert, Lois C. Collection 990 WFCHS (15 items) 1870s tintype of Margaret Carper Ritter, 4 postcards, genealogical materials on the Chrismore, Carpenter, Hiestand, Marple, and Swartz families, index of burials in Yeakley cemetery, 5 pages, Baltimore newspaper, Frederick County treasurer’s receipts 1886 and 1889/gift from Lois C. Marbert

Massey, Ruth Farley Collection 1464 THL (12 folders) autobiographical materials, timelines, memorabilia, photos/gift from Farley Massey

Miller, J P Family Papers 1728 WFCHS (24 photos) World War I people and places and photos from the scrapbook of Stella V Hicks, World War I nurse, also includes photo of Winchester Memorial Hospital arch/gift from Sharon Thorton

Patteson, Wayne L. Collection 1772 WFCHS (9 items) photos of buildings on Braddock, Boscawen, and Valley Avenue/gift from Wayne L. Patteson

Powers Family Collection 1812 WFCHS (18 items) 4 prints made from sketches of 305 E. Boscawen, 126 E. Piccadilly, 1340 S. Pleasant Valley, and 415 N. Braddock, Winchester newspapers from the mid-1800s/gift from Jenny Powers

Preservation of Historic Winchester 875 THL (5 items) additional Holiday House Tour information from 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2013 added to collection/gift of PHW

Ritter, Ben Collection 12 WFCHS (65 items) photos of people including Good,  Macon, Ritter and Fries family members, “Notes on the Ritter and allied families” by Ben Ritter, v. 9, 2020, 34 pages, printed/photocopied, Welltown School list of students 1899-1900, l leaf, printed/photocopy; Meadowview Public School 1914 souvenir book with photo of Russell Lupton, 8 pages, printed, A.L. Anderson & Sons Buckwheat Flour, paper bag, n.d., printed, miscellaneous civic and political ephemera, PHW House Tours, Wayside Theatre programs, Farris M. Lupton high school diploma 1950, Gore High School commencement invitation, 1950, printed, “The Harpers of Hoop Petticoat Gap” n.d., 52 leaves, typescript, barrel label for Hackwood Orchard, birth certificate of Carson Lupton 1954, 1910 and 1920 Census pages of Lupton, Carson, Wm Bowles Carper – list of descendants, Ben Ritter’s letter to Editor of Winchester Star (2020) re: Civil War history, photocopy of Mary Greenhow Lee 1958 manuscript from VA. Museum of History & Culture, 24 leaves, etc., 1960 Army photo of Leonard Brown, Jr., photos of Harry Phineas Wingfield 1948-49 and Farris Margel Lupton, graduate 1950, 3 photos of Virginia Woolen Mill executives from 1940s/gift from Ben Ritter

Ritter, G. Steve Collection 1372 WFCHS (2 photos) Sara Frances Phillips Seekford and Mary Susan Cornwell Ritter 1890s/gift from G. Steve Ritter

Ritter, Mary Frances Miller Collection 1814 THL (5 items) personal papers include tax receipt 1946, car invoice for 1948 Plymouth Chrysler 1948, v-mail letters (manuscript photocopies) from Paul Miller to Peggy Ritter in 1944 and two v -mail envelopes (duplicate, printed)/gift from Mary Froelich; (3 items) 1980s Valley Avenue F&M Branch bank, WWII postcards: Jefferson Barracks, MO and Diamond War Museum, Derry, Northern Ireland/gift Mary Froelich

Robinson, Charles L. Papers 1762 THL (2 items) Winchester High School diploma for Charles Robinson 1916, plat of Hawthorne Acres, with street sketched out (manuscript photocopies)/gift from Charles Robinson

Shenandoah Normal College Collection 604 WFCHS (2 items) Shenandoah Normal College 11th graduation, 1894, 2 pages, printed; Historical sketch of the college 1883-1896 history printed, 1941, 24 pages/gift from Michael Foreman Estate

Shenandoah Valley Academy Records 121 WFCHS/THL (1 item) 1896 report/PhD paper by Roszel, Brantz Mayer: The Action of Asteroids on Mary, unnumbered pages/gift from Bob Snyder; (2 items) catalogue 1926-1927, 51 pages, and catalogue 1927-1928, “143rd year,” 51 pages/gift from Ann H. Martyn

Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society Collection 1550 THL (2 items) maps of Centenary Church Christ Cemetery located in Mt. Hebron, Winchester, VA 1975, manuscript/photocopy/gift from Susan McCabe

Snyder, Lewis Robert Collection 160 THL (12 items) 4 photos of Apple Blossom parades 1933-1939, tombstones of Brantz Mayer Rozel, and Christine WC Roszel, , Winchester 275 – Happy Bicenterquasquigenary; Shenandoah Valley Academy, 3 photos: football 1907 – 1913, football team 1912, and buildings with cadets on parade/gift from Robert Lewis Snyder

Stamper, Jeanne M. Collection 1807 THL (21 photos) various family photos from 1900s, 1930s -1960s including World War II of Stamper family members as well as members of the Bach, Kline, and Hammack family members/gift from Jeanne M. Stamper; (5 items) photo of John Hogan and Mary Ann Peyton Hagan, daguerreotypes of Charlie and Madge Peery as children, Calvin Peery and two unidentified Peery family members – one man, one woman/gift from Jeanne M Stamper; (48 photos) includes early tintypes: 1870s - James Septimus Larrick and Cornelia Larrick, Charles Showalter; 1860 photo of Susan Jane Hogan, aged 15; miscellaneous family photos from 1930s-1960s of Kline and Hammack family members; three 1950 Apple Blossom Festival/gift of Jeanne M. Stamper

Tischler, Allan Collection 208 THL (15 items) four letters (manuscript/photocopies) letter rough drafts to Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant 1864 and various papers for William Wood Averell, unnumbered; two dispatches from Major General Lomax 1864 to Brig. General Wm. H. Powell (typescript of manuscript/photocopy); two dispatches from Bvt. Major General Torbert, 1864 to Bvt. Major General Wm. Averall, typescript in 2 leaves, manuscript/photocopy; item from periodical “The Shenandoah Valley after the War,” 9 leaves, one magazine “Civil War Times Illustrated” with General Bee by James Agnew, pages 4-8 and 44-47 and Shenandoah Sketchbook by Edgar Klemroth, pages 11-17, article by Tischler, 2020, 15 leaves regarding the 5th Cavalry troops buried in the Winchester National Cemetery, 4th and 5th Annual Report of Bureau of Military Statistics 1867 and 1868, 9 leaves, printed, article by A. Tischler on Blue & Grey Shoot-Out on March 28, 1865, 3 leaves, typescript, “postscript to Some Reflections…6th U.S. Cavalry” 7 pages, December 2020, typescript/gift from Allen Tischler

Top of Virginia Regional Chamber Records 516 WFCHS (21 photos) Winchester, VA includes aerial view, schools, rescue squad buildings, fire companies, Jackson HQ Museum, “Thorn Hill,” “Abram’s Delight,” and two Frederick County homes: “Hackwood,” and “Belle Grove”/received from WFCHS

Vietnam War Collection 1342 THL (7 items) 50th anniversary lapel pin, info sheets about the lapel pin, Presidential Proclamation for the 50th anniversary (2 – duplicates), program of Vietnam Veteran’s Day at Winchester National Cemetery, 2019, 4 pages, bumper stick “Vietnam War I Served”/gift from Rebecca Ebert

WFCHS Collection 69 WFCHS (3 photos) Jackson Headquarters c 1945, Handley Library, night view (dup) and George Washington Hotel/gift from Jacquelyn T. Robinson; (1 photo) Fort Loudoun Seminary c 1900/gift from Mary S. Portier

Washington, George Collection 839 THL (2 items) Document of sale of Washington’s estate 1880-1803 printed copy from NY Public Library, 4 leaves; newspaper advertisement from Alexandria Advertiser & Commercial Intelligencer for sale of tracts of land belonging to Washington, Nov. 1, 1801, columns 3 & 4, printed/gift from John Crone

Winchester Business College Collection 1815 THL (1 item) diploma of Mary Elizabeth Frye, September 23, 1943, 1 leaf, printed/gift from Robert Allen Frye

Winchester Fire Department Collection 698 THL Roll of Honor and History, 1935, printed/gift from Robert Allen Frye

World War II Collection 1050 WFCHS (2 items) letter with envelope, photocopies, and news articles from Samuel Vincent Miller to Mrs. Miller, August 30, 1945; military papers of Paul Miller, 6 leaves/gift from Mary Froelich

Yoder, Maria Collection 1544 WFCHS (12 photos) Trenary and Hillyard family photos from 1917 – 1958/gift from Maria Yoder; (15 photos) miscellaneous correspondence including postcards, greeting cards, invitations, school report cards and certificates, and letters from 1890s – 1940s of the Trenary family; genealogical material on Beulah Trenary and Sophia Haymaker from Ancesty.com and Findagrave.com/gift from Maria Yoder; (30) miscellaneous ephemera: postcards, stamps, report cards, genealogical list, obituaries of the Trenary and Haymaker families/gift from Maria Yoder

Ziegler, Betty Collection 1808 THL (47 photos) Betty Ziegler various photos from 1910 to 1961, others include Dorothy McCann Rice, National Fruit employees, wedding photos/gift from Jann Richards-Hardy (Weltman)