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.
Listed below are new gifts and items from the backlog, which are accessioned in the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives. Handley Regional Library and the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society jointly operate the Archives.
The ownership of the items in the holdings is designated with THL for the Handley Library and WFCHS for Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society.
To view these collections, visit the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, 100 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, VA 22601. (540) 662-9041, ext. 17. The Archives is open to researchers Monday – Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Archives is closed on Sunday and holidays.
Apple Blossom Festival Collection 46 THL (1 photo) Apple trees in bloom (promotional)/backlog
Baker, Portia Baldwin Papers 1178 WFCHS (2 items) Diary and writings of Portia Baker – begins July 10, 1855 – Feb 24, 1856. Typescript of diary and of writings filed “Baker, Portia Baldwin – Diary 1855-1856/ Gift from H. Robert Edwards
Bayliss, E. E. Jr. Collection 126 WFCHS (1 photo) Lou School Students/Backlog
Bell, Louis Collection 272 THL (11 photos) duplicates of Bell family in 19340s-1960s/Gift from Louis Bell
Brown, Charles and Maria Family Collection 1786 THL (9 items) Brown Family Tombstones; Elton Key Brown, Sarah Fairfax Brown; Lucy Lane Brown; Harrison M. Brown; Charles and Maria F Brown; Footstone (?) “Father” “Mother”; Edward P. Brown; Sara Williams Brown; John William Brown; Nancy Fairfax Brown; James Erroll Brown / Gift from Sharon Dixon
Crone, John C Collection 118 THL (3 photos) John Crone, Rebecca A. Ebert, published book; John Crone, Rebecca A. Ebert, published book 2, John Crone signing his 4th book/Gift from John Crone
Dixon, Sharon and tom Collection 1788 THL (3 items) Sharon Wilson (Dixon) at Berea College, 1979; Sharon and family at Berea College, 1979; Coach (Tom) Dixon Certificate/ Gift from Sharon Dixon
Drury, Anne L. Collection 1758 THL (1 photo - oversize) World War II, Camp Wheeler, GA/Gift from Anne Drury
Edwards, H. Robert Collection 1476 WFCHS(1 photo) Commercial & Savings Bank corner of Piccadilly and Loudoun St. – Photo highlights the plaque of President McKinley’s being inducted into the Masons here in Winchester at the end of the Civil War./Gift from H. Robert Edwards
Ewell, Richard S. Papers 41 WFCHS (1 item) Commission of Richard S. Ewell to Brevet Captain for gallant conduct in Mexican War 17 August 1847/Gift from Ewell descendent, Richard Crawford Ramsey
Fox, Patricia Collection 964 THL (5 photos) Carpenter/Sell Family 1896, members of the Dick family, Barnett-Sell Marriage Certificate/Gift from Patricia Fox
Gano, Timothy Collection 1386 THL (3 items) Land Grant with seal from Beverly Randolph to John Rogers dated 26th of June 1789 for 276 acres on Beargarden Ridge, Frederick – Hampshire Counties; Land Grant handwritten transcript from Lord Thomas Fairfax of 687 acres to John Moxley and Bartholomew Johnson dated 12 Dec 1778; Land Grant handwritten on parchment from Lord Thomas Fairfax of 260 acres to Owen Rogers dated 10 April 1789/ Gift from Timothy Gano
Handley Library Records 138 THL (2 photos) Nancy Comer with Priscilla Lehman (Louis Baker Award); Nancy Comer with John Boyd (Dola Taylor Award); (2 photos) Brian Daly, Archives Staff/Gift
Handley Library Records 138 THL (9 photos) 100 West Piccadilly St. – Library 1924/ Gift from Zelma Winchester; Handley Library Renovation;, Old Post Office 40 W. Piccadilly. /Gift from Dudley Pearce; Nancy Comer with Priscilla Lehman, Nancy Comer with John Boyd; (19 photos) Handley Library Staff awards. (1 photo) Handley Library exterior, c. 1950s Gift from Reference
Handley, John High School Records 145 THL (1 item) Alumni Directory 1993, John Handley High School/Gift from Patricia Fox
Harper, Jeannette & Robert Family Papers 1777 THL 2 linear feet, including 81 photos, manuscripts about John Gray family , 1771 - 1920/Gift of Jeannette Harper
Helm, Elizabeth Collection 1162 THL (1 photo) Betsy Glaize in Mrs. Greens vintage dress/Gift from Elizabeth Helm
Jackson, Vivienne Papers 1768 THL (scan of photo) Vivienne Jackson in early middle age, c.1970/Gift from Vivienne Jackson
John Mann UMC Collection 1628 THL (2 photos) John Mann UMC field trip, tour group; “Dressing Images for Worship” display/ Gift from Robin Lowery
Johnston, Wilbur S. Collection 1168 WFCHS (3 photos) 702 North Cameron St. Dale’s Grocery (color), (2) Charles Johnston’s 13th birthday party 1940/Gift from Wilbur S. Johnston
Kurtz Funeral Home Records 985 WFCHS (1 item) Certificate from Richmond School of Embalming presented to G.W. Kurtz, October 18,1888/Gift from Larry Omps
Lowery, Robin Williams Collection 1787 THL (38 photos) IBPOE state convention Winchester, IBPOE convention parade band; family photos c. 1973; Basketball practice, Handley HS/Gift from Robin Williams Lowery
Miller, Matt Collection 1785 THL (4 items) Henkel Ambrose The Large ABC Book 2nd Edition – in German (2 copies) –New Market, VA: J.H. Lawton, Solomon Henkel Printing, 1820 ; Henkel Ambrose, The Small ABC book, 2nd Edition – in German New Market, VA: Solomon Henkel Printing, 1819 ; Henkel, Ambrose, The Small ABC Book 2nd Edition – in German. New Market, VA; Solomon Henkel Printing, 1819 / Gift from Matt Miller
Opequon Presbyterian Church Collection 295 THL WFCHS (1 book) “The Family of Hoge,” James Hoge Tyler, compiler, and James Fulton Hoge, editor and publisher/Gift from Opequon Presbyterian Church
Ratliff, Don Collection 998- THL (2 photos); Winchester Host Lions, Officers 1979/Gift from Don Ratliff
Religious Survey of Winchester Virginia 1945 Records 1789 THL (3 boxes) 2500 cards/Backlog
Ritter, G Steve Collection 1372 WFCHS (1 photo) Mary Elsie Ritter, WWI nurse/Gift from G Steve Ritter
Robinson, Charles L. Papers 1762 THL (16 photos) Robinson Family dining out, Louise Hall Robinson and Book Club, Robinson Family photos c. 1950’s 1 Robinson Family photos c. 1950’s 2, Robinson children at 608 S. Stewart St 1, Robinson children at 608 S. Stewart St 2, Robinson children “Dottie” and “Butch”, Robinsons at the beach (Reba wading), Robinsons at the beach 2, Robinson house party 1, Robinson house party 2, Robinson house party 3 (at restaurant?), Robinson house party 4 (at home), Robinson house party (Charles A Robinson), Robinson house party (Jean Marie Robinson), Dorothy Ann Robinson on Carper’s float./Gift from Charlie Robinson
Shultz, Michael R. Collection 1122 WFCHS (1 photo) American Ex-POW Chart/Gift from Michael Roy Schultz
Shenandoah Valley Tapestry Records 1749 WFCHS (photo) Shenandoah Valley Tapestry workers./Gift from Iriana
Top of Virginia Regional Chamber Records 516 WFCHS (26 photos) Chamber of Commerce photos of people and events; Patsy Cline publicity photo, Aerial views of Winchester Municipal Airport, Roy Nestor as Town Crier, 29 S. Cameron St – Chamber of Commerce Headquarters./Gift
Veterans of Foreign Wars Collection 675 THL (1 photo – oversize) Department of VA VFW 15th Encampment/backlog
Vietnam War Collection 1342 WFCHS (3 items, 4 photos and 1 list of medals) of Wayne McCaughey in Basic Training and Jump School 1959 Wayne McCaughey, Basic training, 1959; Wayne McCaughey, Jump School 1959, List of medals earned(in same envelope)./Gift from Wayne M. McCaughey
Wayside Theatre Records 1707 THL (1 brochure) 1966 summer season “Where Theatre Comes Alive in the Beautiful Shenandoah Valley”/Gift of Cathy Noonan
WFCHS Collection 69 WFCHS (14 photo) Ann Carson Dutton/Gift “Mrs. Dutton”; Friendship Fire Co. vintage pumper/Gift from Laura Lofton; Pope Family, 1894/Gift from Steve Wisecarver; Athey Family/Gift from Hettie Gordon; Boscawen St looking west (30 W Boscawen St); George Washington as a surveyor/ Backlog; Louise Ebersole, c. 1940/Gift from Scott Hollis; Mrs. Annie Burks, cook ( ? - 1938)/Gift from Kenneth M Burks, SR; (2 photos) 20 N Loudoun St./Gift from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC.
Winchester City Records 519 THL (42 photos) 126 N Cameron St, old Police HQ; Mounted police from Richmond AB 1950’s; Basil Cooper retirement c. 1970’s; WPD Pedestrian Safety Award; WPD bringing in suspect, John Pyle; Gainesboro Salvage; WPD publicity gag; Deputy Police Chief Fred E. Hildebrand; WPD herding cattle; Officer Francis M Funk c 1940; Officer Funk with vintage police car c. 1940; Officer Funk with first police radio c. 1940; WPD Certificate of Appreciation; Chief Eric W. Varnau at desk c 2006; Chief Varnau and Police Instructor, Taiwan; Chief Boyd with Officers Funk and Ritter; Police Sergeant Robert ‘Bobby’ Boyce; Officer John Lemarr writing parking ticket; A&P robbery, Officers Jeffries and Evans; A&P robbery Officer Everett Bowers; A&P robbery, Investigator Larry Gilhart; WPD – Doris Campbell, Employee of the Year 1971./ Gift from Winchester Police Dept.
Winchester Star Collection 807 (1 photo) Boy Scouts, Troop1, Winchester, 1916/Gift from Winchester Star