Manuscript Collections

Manuscript Collections in the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives: A-Z List of Inventories

Manuscript collections may contain a variety of materials, including letters, reports, diaries, property records, legal and financial documents, genealogical research, photographs and other images, electronic and digital media, and ephemera. The staff of the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives have created inventories for manuscript collections to provide researchers with information about the contents of each collection, biographical and historical information, and the dates covered by the materials. 

Inventories are indexed alphabetically by collection title. For questions about our manuscript collections, please email

Inventories may also be searched by subject in the Handley Regional Library's online catalog


Recent Acquisitions

The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives frequently receives donations of historic materials, genealogical sources, photographs and other items relevant to the history of the Lower Shenandoah Valley. Lists of our latest acquisitions and recently processed collections are published annually. To view the latest acquisition report please click on the link below. 

2021 Acquisitions Report 

For questions about using these materials, or to make a donation of materials to the Archives, please contact the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives by telephone, 540 662-9041, ext. 17, or by email,