American Red Cross - Winchester Office Records

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

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
archives@handleyregional.org
www.handleyregional.org

1361 THL

Inventory created by Archives Staff 11/96. Last revised 10/19.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.

EXTENT: 1.88 linear feet; plus external hard drive with scrapbooks (28 volumes); and ephemera (1 album)

CREATOR: American Red Cross

DATE: 1917 – 2006

ALTERNATIVE FORM AVAILABLE: Scrapbooks digitized in 2018 and 2019. Available as digital copies in the Reading Room. Not online. 

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The American Red Cross Winchester Office Records collection contains a variety of materials that concern the organization’s operations and activities. Box 1 contains annual meeting reports from 1952 to 1984 and executive committee meeting records from 1917-1986. Box 2 contains correspondence and materials related to bloodmobile visits and emergency programs from a period between 1918 and 1979. Box 3 has information about activities and miscellaneous program reports. The fourth box is made up of miscellaneous materials relating to the Red Cross including issues of Red Cross News and The Red Cross Magazine.

The remainder of the collection contains 28 scrapbooks dating from 1921 to 2006, and albums of ephemera covering a range of Red Cross activities. Two of the scrapbooks are from the Clarke County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Over the years there have been a number of reorganizations in the American Red Cross. Some materials in the collection may refer to Winchester-Frederick County, Chapter 24.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL The Winchester-Frederick County Chapter of the American Red Cross was established in 1917 and remains active in the community with blood programs, first aid classes, water safety programs, and disaster relief.

Henry Dunant of Switzerland established the International Red Cross in 1859 to provide more effective and humane treatment of soldiers during wartime. Clara Barton (1821-1912) would later create the American Red Cross following the model pioneered by Dunant. The American Association of the Red Cross in Washington, D.C., established on May 21, 1881, continued the tradition of offering battlefield assistance but also began to operate domestic programs to provide disaster relief, blood programs, and health and safety training. There are local chapters throughout the United States.

CITE AS: American Red Cross Winchester Office Records, 1361 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Acquired as a gift.

ORGANIZATION:

BOX 1

Annual meetings, 1952, 1966, 1969, 1979-80, 1984 12 items, printed

Annual reports, 1936-1954: 1936-37, 1940-44, 1946-48, 1953-54, 11 items, printed

Annual reports, 1963-1969, 5 items, typescript; printed

Annual reports, 1970-1984: 1970-76, 1984, 10 items, printed

Board of Directors meetings, 1960-1986: 1960-61, 1966-67, 1980-86, unnumbered items, printed

Executive Committee meetings, 1917-1923, unnumbered items, manuscript, printed

Executive Committee meetings, 1923-1929, unnumbered items, manuscript, printed

BOX 2

Bloodmobile visits, 1960-1969, unnumbered items, typescript

Bloodmobile visits, 1948-1959, unnumbered items, typescript, printed

Correspondence, 1918-1920, unnumbered items, manuscript; typescript, photocopies

Correspondence, 1954, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1979 (all incomplete), 9 items, typescript, photocopies

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Program, unnumbered items, printed, typescript, photocopies

Emergency Operations Plan, 2 items, printed

BOX 3

Activities reports, 1921-1922, 9 items, printed, photocopies

Fiftieth anniversary, 1967, unnumbered items, manuscript, photocopies

First aid, 3 items, printed, photocopies

Junior division, 6 items, manuscript, printed, photocopies

Membership, 4 items, typescript, photocopies

Miscellaneous, unnumbered items, printed, typescript, photocopies

News articles, unnumbered items, printed

Newsletters, 1980, 1986, 5 items, printed

Public Health Nursing Program, 1920-1922, unnumbered items, printed

United Fund campaign, 1971-1972, 1 item, printed

Water Safety Program, 3 items, printed, typescript

World War I activities, unnumbered items, manuscript, typescript, photocopies

BOX 4: The National Red Cross

"All Honor to the American War Nurse," brochure, no date (World War I), 1 item, printed

Blood collection program, unnumbered items, typescript, photocopies

Christmas postcard with Red Cross postage stamp, 1908, 3 items

Disaster relief, 1905-1916, 1 item, typescript

"The Heart of a Nation," booklet, 1919, 1 item, printed

National Headquarters Museum, undated, 6 items, typescript

Red Cross News, October 1985, newsletter, 1 item, printed

Operating Committee, Washington Regional Blood Council, 1960-1962, unnumbered items, typescript, photocopies

The Red Cross Magazine, 8 items, printed, photocopies

Russian relief program, 1921, 3 items, printed, photocopies

War Fund Campaign, 1945, 1 item, printed

"The Work of a Chapter Board: A Guide for Chapter Board Members," 1981, 1 item, printed

BOX 5

"Handbook for Chapter Workers," notebook containing unnumbered items, printed, typescript

International Red Cross pins and insignias, 23 items, metal

Ornaments—Season’s Greetings—American Red Cross—1996 “Help Can’t Wait!” 2 items, ceramic

Buttons Pins –7 items

BOX 6 - SCRAPBOOKS (available only as digital copies)

Red Cross Scrapbook 1921-1926, 1 volume (66 pages) ; 37 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1928-1928-1933 Roll Call, 1 volume (75 pages) ; 27 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook September 15, 1936 – December 1939, 1 volume (80 pages) ; 32 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1940 – 1941, 1 volume (64 pages) ; 37 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1942 – 1943, 1 volume (74 pages) ; 37 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook Dec. 1942 - August 1945 Blood, 1 volume (153 pages) ; 30 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1942-1957 Clarke Co. Chapter #1, 1 volume (unnumbered pages) ; 37 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1942-1957 Clarke Co. Chapter #2, 1 volume (unnumbered pages) ; 37 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1944 – 1945, 1 volume (79 pages) ; 37 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1946 – March 1950, 1 volume (60 pages) ; 37 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1950 – 1952, 1 volume (70 pages) ; 41 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1952-1956 Blood, 1 volume (47 pages) ; 33 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1953-1954 First Aid, 1 volume (52 pages) ; 33 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1953 – 1955, 1 volume (47 pages) ; 32 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1953 – 1958, 1 volume (50 pages) ; 33 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1954 Publicity Fund-raising campaign, 1 volume (33 pages) ;  30 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1958 – 1960, 1 volume (43 pages) ;  42 cm

Photos -- Red Cross Scrapbook January 1961-December 1963, 1 volume (101 pages) ;  33 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook January 1964 - July 1965, 1 volume (73 pages) ; 32 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook July 1965 - January 1966, 1 volume (72 pages) ;  37 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1967-2006_compiled Louthan, Thomas A., 1 volume (unnumbered pages) ;  37 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook February 1967 - April 1969, 1 volume (68 pages) ; 36 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook April 1969 - December 1971, 1 volume (71 pages) ; 37 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook January 1972 - December 1974, 1 volume (47 pages) ; 33 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1974 – 1977, 1 volume ( 50 pages) ; 37 cm Red Cross Scrapbook 1979 – 1980, 1 volume ; 36 cm (Unnumbered pages)

Red Cross Scrapbook 1986 – 1987, 1 volume (98 pages) ; 37 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1988 – 1990, 1 volume (164 pages) ; 37 cm

Red Cross Scrapbook 1994 – 2004, 1 volume (unnumbered pages) ; 37 cm

EPHEMERA (filed with collection)

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, photographs, 1 album (unnumbered pages) ; 29 cm

OVERSIZE

Mapcase 5, Drawer 4

Red Cross poster, printed, damaged

PHOTOGRAPHS: Photographs and other images belonging to this collection may be accessed online through http://handley.pastperfectonline.com/