Patsy Cline Collection

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

61 THL

Inventory created by Archives Staff 12/1984. Last revised 03/2018.

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: 1.67 linear feet

DATE: 1930s – 2000s

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains news articles from the 1950s to the present; correspondence, promotional material, fan club newsletters, and articles documenting Patsy Cline’s career in country music.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Virginia Patterson Hensley, known to hundreds of thousands of country music fans as Patsy Cline, was born in Winchester, VA on September 8, 1932. After beginning her singing career locally she was discovered by country western singer Jimmy Dean at a Washington, D. C concert in 1955. With Dean’s support Cline traveled to Nashville, TN and signed a recording contract with Four Star Records and rose to become one of the most celebrated country western singers of the 1950s and early 1960s. She died, along with two other Country music stars and her agent Randy Hughes, in a plane crash near Camden, TN on March 3, 1963. She is buried at Shenandoah Memorial Park, Frederick County, VA.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Foreman, Michael, Some Worthy Women, Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, Winchester, VA, 2007

CITE AS: Cline, Patsy Collection. 61 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library

ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Materials in this collection were acquired as gifts from a number of donors. Some materials are on loan.



"A Tribute to Patsy Cline" - benefit concert broadside, 1994, printed

Advertisements for Programs – 2 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Book cover—Honky Tonk Angel, by Ellis Nassour, 1 leaf, illustrated, printed

Book cover–Love Always, Patsy by Cindy Halen and Mike Freeman, 1 leaf illustrated, printed

Book reviews

Brokaw Company - promotional material, 4 items, typescript (photocopy)

Calendar – 2003 Patsy Cline, 13 pages, printed

"Celebrating Patsy" - brochure, 1994, printed

Correspondence - Patsy Cline to Jim McCoy, 1961,
1 letter, 4 leaves, 2 envelopes, manuscript (photocopy)

Crazy over Patsy: A Chronological Outline of the Important Dates and Events for Virginia Patterson Hensley or Patsy Cline, by Phil Hunter, Jr., 1997,
ATM Publishing, Winchester VA, 62 pages, printed

Dancin' Down Deep with the Blues, by Phillips Pierce, 1984, book of poetry, 32 pages, printed

Discography of Patsy Cline, undated, 4 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Drawings of Patsy Cline - 3 items, color

Fact sheet - Patsy Cline's life, 2 items, 3 leaves, typescript and photocopy

Historical Marker – 608 S. Kent St.

Hollywood Walk of Fame –invitation and envelope

Magazine articles - "We Mourn Patsy Cline," no date, 5 leaves, printed (photocopy); “Patsy Cline” by Paul Kingsbury, The Journal of the American            Academy for the Preservation of Old-Time Country Music, Vol. 2, No. 1, April, 1992, 3 leaves, printed (photocopy)                                                                                                                                                                     
Memorial for crash victims, Camden, TN, July 11, 1996

Patsy Cline’s Childhood Home, 608 S. Kent St. – Dept. of Historical Resources form

Memorial material - 9 items, printed

Patsy Cline Fan Club letters -1 item, 1981, manuscript; 6 leaves, 1984, 1995, typescript (photocopy)

Patsy Cline Fan Club Newsletter - 1987, 13 items, typescript (photocopy); manuscript

Patsy Cline Fan Club Newsletters, Always Patsy Cline, 1994, 1995

Scrapbook pages and news clippings - 19 items, 14 pages, 5 leaves, printed

"Shooting Star," by Tim Gano - term paper, 1981, typescript (photocopy)

Stamp of Patsy Cline, photo by Dick Rush, article appeared in Connection, October 1993,
1 leaf, printed

"Sweet Dreams" - news clippings, printed (photocopy)


News clippings ( 1930s)

News clippings (1940s)

News clippings (1950s)

News clippings (marriage, Patsy Cline, 5 items, printed, photocopy)

News clippings (1960s, printed, photocopy)

News clippings (1979, printed)

News clippings (1980s, printed and photocopy)

News clippings (1981, printed)

News clippings (1985, printed, photocopy)

News clippings (1986-1987, printed, photocopy)

News articles (1988)

News articles (1989)

News clippings ( 1990-1991)

News clippings (1992-1993)

News clippings (1994)

News clippings (1995)

News articles   (1996)

News clippings (1997)

News clippings (1998)

News clippings (1999)

News clippings (2000)

News clippings (2001)

News clippings (2002)

News clippings (2003)

News clippings (2004)

News clippings (2005)

News clippings (2006)

News clippings (2007)

News clippings (no date) 

BOX 3 Stuart Brown Jr. Research Material

2002 Calendar – Patsy Cline, 1 item, printed

Always Patsy Cline –Membership Directory, 2000, 1 booklet, printed

Always Patsy Cline – Newsletters, 1995-2000, 10 items, typescript 

Birth Announcement – Julia S. Dick (daughter of Patsy Cline), from The Winchester Star, August 29, 1958, 5 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Cast of “Headin’ Hollywood”, Handley High School, 1949 (Patsy Cline in the cast), 21 leaves, typescript, printed (photocopy)

Cline, Patsy Biography from the Randy Hughes Agency, 1 leaf, typescript

Clothing Auction – The Hilda Hensley/Patsy Cline Collection, December 19, 2002, 1 booklet, printed

Correspondence – Patsy Cline to Jim McCoy, July 7, 1961, 5 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Correspondence – Stuart Brown Jr., 1986-2002, unnumbered leaves, typescript

Correspondence – Stuart Brown Jr. to Courtney Tannehill, October 14, 1998, National Geographic article on Neshoda County, Mississippi Fair, June, 1980, 1 leaf, typescript, 1 magazine, printed

Country Weekly Magazine, August 6, 1996, February 4, 1997, 2 magazines, printed 

Directory of contacts for Stuart Brown Jr. for research for “Singing Girl from the Shenandoah Valley”, unnumbered leaves, manuscript/typescript

“Great to the Heart: My Story” by Barbara Mandrell (excerpt from the book concerning Patsy Cline), 6 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Handbill – Patsy Cline Performance at Villa theater, Rockville, Maryland, December 21, 1958, 2 leaves, printed

Hebron Baptist Church – church bulletin, September 23, 1990, 4 pages, printed

Hensley Family Genealogical Information, 118 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Hensley, Sam L. – Job Information, 1911-1933, 4 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

BOX 4 Stuart Brown Jr. Research Material 

Messner, Bob – 10 leaves, typescript/printed (photocopy)

Monument at Crash Site near Camden, Tennessee, 17 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Patsy Cline “Breakthrough” CD Advertisement, Collectors Choice Music, February 1996, 2 pages, printed

“The Patsy Cline Collection” Booklet, n.d., 1 booklet, printed

 “Patsy Cline: Her Rise” manuscript by Stuart Brown Jr. and Lorraine F. Myers, 2001 (unpublished), 121 leaves, typescript

Photograph – Patsy Cline and daughter Julia, August 1959, used for the back cover of Patsy Cline, Singing Girl from the Shenandoah Valley 1 leaf, printed

Postcards of Patsy Cline, 20 leaves

Promotional Material, 1999, unnumbered leaves

News Clippings, unnumbered leaves, printed

News Clippings, unnumbered leaves, printed

Sculpture Proposal for Patsy Cline, n. d., unnumbered leaves, printed, typescript

Stamp – Patsy Cline, 2 leaves, printed

Supplement to “Singing Girl from the Shenandoah Valley” by Stuart Brown Jr. (Unpublished), 1 booklet, printed, 5 leaves, manuscript, printed (photocopy)


Patsy Cline poster, "Celebrating Patsy," September  9, 1989, printed, 1 l.

Patsy Cline poster, Winchester Drive-In, scan of poster June 9, 1961, printed,  1 l.