Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
Inventory created by Archives Staff 01/1998. Last revised 10/2019.
ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.
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EXTENT: 0.88 linear feet
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Henry Moss Brooks Collection contains genealogical material concerning the Moss, Quiett, Tokes, and other families. There is also material on the African-American community in Winchester, Virginia, and the development of the Orrick Commons Shopping Mall.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Henry Moss Brooks donated the majority of this collection. He was born in Winchester, Virginia on May 21, 1918 to Robert Lee Brooks and Anna Quiett Brooks. His parents taught at the Douglas School. Brooks also attended Douglas School but, because it only offered classes through ninth grade, he had to continue his education at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. Following his graduation he enlisted in the Army, serving in both the European and Pacific Theaters.
Brooks continued his education after the war and attended Virginia State College, the University of Virginia, and Walden University, from which he received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Brooks returned to Winchester and taught at both Douglas School and Handley High School. Brooks was one of the leaders of efforts to integrate the student body at Handley High School and at other Winchester City schools. He was also active with the Congressional Black Caucus in the 1970s.
Additionally, Brooks served as the President/CEO of the Orrick Cemetery and promoted the development of the shopping center located on Greenwood and Senseny Roads, known as Orrick Commons. Brooks never married. He died on April 3, 2014.
Sheila Green Stevenson, a resident of Florida, has also donated material to the collection concerning Orrick Cemetery.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Obituary of Dr. Henry Moss Brooks. The Winchester Star, April 18, 2014.
CITE AS: Henry Moss Brooks Collection, 599 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Acquired as a gift.
Brooks, H. Moss, 2 leaves, typescript, 3 leaves, printed (photocopy); news articles, 4 leaves, printed (photocopy),4 leaves, scanned
Brooks, Henry Moss – Sketches, 14 leaves, manuscript
Civil Rights march, August 28, 1963, Washington - program, 2 leaves, printed (photocopy)
Davis-Slagle Families – 5 leaves, typescript
Death and Burial Records for Freedmen in Alexandria, VA, 18 leaves, typescript
"Faithful Service Annual," edited by Rev. Isaac Isaiah Jenkins, Martinsburg, WV, 1928, contains biographical and historical information on churches and schools for West Virginia and Virginia, 25 leaves, printed (photocopy)
Finley Family – 5 leaves, typescript
Garden Family – 6 leaves, typescript
Gaskin – “Mrs. Katie Gaskin’s big Birthday Bash” by Edward Leonard, July 1 2000, 7 leaves, typescript
Gibson-Gowen Families – 25 leaves, typescript
Green, Dennis, 7 leaves, printed
Green, Preston Arway, 1 page, printed
Green, Ruth Arnetta Moss (1914-2005) memorial service
Helpful Hints – unnumbered leaves
Jackson, Mary L., 2 leaves (photocopy)
Methodist E. Church - appointments for Baltimore Conference, March 15, 1851, 2 leaves printed (photocopy)
Moss Family Genealogy – 10 leaves, typescript
Moss Family Newsletter, 4 items, typescript, 14 leaves
Moss, Charles F., 3 items printed (photocopy), 8 leaves
2 photographs, printing and photo by Charles F. Moss
1 leaf, photocopy – “Crime Photographer”
Moss, Joseph G., Sr., 2 leaves, printed
Moss, Mary, 2 leaves, printed (photocopy)
Moss, Quiett, Tokes Genealogy Records, 7 leaves manuscript (photocopies)
14 leaves manuscript on printed form (photocopies)
9 leaves, printed (photocopies)
Moss, Thomas W. Family, 1 leaf, typescript
Moss, Thomas, Sr., 1 leaf, printed (photocopy)
News articles, 2 leaves, printed (photocopy)
Obama, Michelle – “In First Lady’s Roots, A Complex path from Slavery” by Rachel L. Swarns and Jodi Kantor, October 8, 2009, 6 leaves, printed
Obituaries of family members– unnumbered leaves, photocopies
Program – 2nd Anniversary Celebration of Old Stone Church, Winchester, VA, 1 item, printed
Quiett, J.H – Autobiographical sketch, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy), two scans
Stevenson, Donald, 3 leaves, printed from Intranet
Tokes, Anna Quiett Brooks – biographical sketch, one leaf, typescript (photocopy)
Certificates of Distinction –
Harry Jacklin, June 1908, signed by Jno. H. Quiett, Principal, 1 leaf, manuscript on printed form
blank, 2 leaves, printed form
Report Cards --
1 item, manuscript on printed form, Hester Davis, signed by M. J. H. Quiett, Teacher, n.d.
11 items, printed form
Teacher’s Term Report (blank), Oct. 1900—June 1901, 4 pages, printed
Teacher’s Register for Colored School No. One, manuscript on printed form, October 1900–June 1901
Teacher’s Register for Winchester Colored Public School No. One, Sept. 5, 1904—1906
Orrick Cemetery Burials and Updates, also includes burials in other local cemeteries, 30 leaves, typescript, compiled by Sheila Green Stevenson
Orrick Cemetery – History, written by Sheila Green – Stevenson, three leaves, typescript (photocopy)
Orrick Cemetery Company, Inc. of Winchester, eight leaves, typescript
Orrick Cemetery – scans of selected tombstones, photographed by Sheila Green Stevenson, 10 leaves, color, prints
Orrick Chapel – Grant Will Unveil History of Orrick Chapel, by Sheila Green-Stevenson, n.d., two leaves, typescript
Orrick Commons Shopping Mall – 11 items, printed
Orrick Office Buildings – 1 leaf, printed
Orrick, Robert -- by Shelia Green-Stevenson, 4 leaves, typescript
Winchester Orrick Senior Apartments – 3 leaves, printed
PHOTOGRAPHS: Photographs belonging to this collection may be viewed through PastPerfect, which is available at http://handley.pastperfectonline.com