Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives holds a wide variety of materials than can support historical and genealogical research for the Winchester-Frederick County, Virginia area. For questions about our collections please contact us by telephone at 540 662-9041, ext. 17, or by email at email@example.com
Published books and journals cover all aspects of the history of the Lower Shenandoah Valley from first European settlement to the present day. Our books and journals collection also includes numerous genealogical journals, family genealogies, guides to family history research, and extracts of county court records. Please note that books and journals are non-circulating.
Manuscript collections contain a variety of materials, including letters, reports, diaries, property records, legal and financial documents, genealogical research, photographs and other images, audio, video, and digital media, artifacts and ephemera. Click here to browse our index of manuscript collections.
Microfilm of local newspapers, deeds, wills, vital records, census records, and some manuscript collections are available for viewing using our microfilm readers.
Oral history interviews of local veterans and other individuals speaking about the history of Winchester-Frederick County, Virginia may be accessed in the Reading Room. Transcripts are available for many of these interviews.
Yearbooks are available for many schools in the Winchester-Frederick County area, including schools that are now closed.
Maps of Winchester and Frederick County from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, as well as maps of Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland comprise our map collection. Few are originals. The map collection also includes Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps from Winchester (1885-1927). Aerial photographs used for surveying and map making are also housed in the Archives.
Local newspapers are available as originals and as microfilm and digital copies. A number of historic newspapers can be accessed and searched through our Advantage Newspaper Database. Historic newspaper series may be incomplete.
Photographs and other images of people, places, and events in the Winchester-Frederick County area range from the earliest days of photography to the present. Over 22,000 of these photographs and images have been digitized and can be accessed through out Past Perfect Photograph Database.
We welcome donations of archival materials, photographs, books, and other items concerning the history of the Lower Shenandoah Valley. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we ask that anyone wishing to donate materials to the archives contact us by telephone at 540 662-9041, ext. 17, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. In order to protect staff and patrons, any donations received during the COVID-19 pandemic will be quarantined before processing.
Archives staff will review all donations to determine their appropriateness to our collections and to ensure that they do not duplicate current holdings. Donors will receive written acknowledgement of their donation. Donations may be tax deductible. However, Archives Staff cannot provide appraisals of their value.