Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
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Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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
Scope and Content: This collection contains news clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous material, primarily relating to Frederick Douglas High School, Winchester, VA. Also included are brief biographical sketches of prominent African-American people in the Winchester-Frederick County, VA area.
(9 boxes) Last updated 11/13
Biographical/Historical: June C. Gaskins Davis was born in Winchester, VA to Kirk N. Gaskins, Sr. and Ella V. Finley Gaskins. She was sister to Kirk N. Gaskins, Jr. (1931-2006), Beverly P. Gaskins (1936-1996), Joyce "Joy" Jordan, and Dr. Andrew T.W. Gaskins. Her father became a teacher at Douglas School in 1936, and was its principal from 1940 to 1966. He closed Douglas High School in 1966 when desegregation was ordered of the public school systems. June previously worked in the federal government and private industry before working for Wall Street for a decade, and retired from Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith in 1989 as Assistant Vice President, Financial Consultant. She has a Master of Business Administration, MBA, Trinity College, Bachelor of Science, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and a Certificate of Accomplishment from USDA Graduate School.
Most of the people involved in this collection are from the 20th and 21st Centuries.
Cite As: June Gaskins Davis Collection, 1493 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.
Box 1—Douglas High School
Scrapbook 1, unnumbered leaves, printed and manuscript (photocopy)
Scrapbook 2, unnumbered leaves, printed and manuscript (photocopy)
Scrapbook 3, unnumbered leaves, printed and manuscript (photocopy)
Scrapbook 4, unnumbered leaves, printed and manuscript (photocopy)
Scrapbook 5, unnumbered leaves, printed and manuscript (photocopy)
Douglas School Alumni Association
Douglas School – Acceptance Speech for dedication of Douglas School addition delivered by Principal Kirk Gaskin (incomplete), February 1, 1952, 1 leaf, typescript
Douglas School – 1967-1968 Basketball schedule handwritten by Principal Kirk Gaskins Sr.
Douglas School – Commencement Exercises, June 11, 1961, 1 page, printed
Douglas School, History of – 11 leaves, typescript
Douglas School – Memoirs, Class of 1966
Douglas School – School Newspapers
Douglas School, Then and Now, 1966, by Inez Mercer, Librarian (1962-1966)
Douglas School – Miscellaneous Items
Douglas School – Miss Homecoming Campaign Poster, no date, 1 item, manuscript
Douglas School – Program, 12th Annual Douglas Alumni Association Dinner Dance, October 5, 1991, 7 leaves, printed
Douglas School – Program for Ceremony of Douglas School’s dedication as a National Historic Site, October 7, 2000, 2 pages printed
Douglas School – Blank Stationary, no date, 1 leaf, printed
Douglas School -- May Festival Overall Plan (Tentative), May 14-15, no year, 2 leaves (2 copies), mimeograph
Douglas School – Poem, "Alma Mater, Hail Douglass Hail", no date. Words by F. Ellsworth Turner, music, Thuringian Fold Song, 1 leaf, mimeograph
Douglas School – Souvenir Program, Tri-State Basketball Tournament, Douglas High School. March 17, 18, 19, 1955, (includes student autographs), 5 pages, printed
Box 2--African-American People and Organizations
Allen, Mrs. Ada Orrick
Anthony, Mrs. Katie Belle
Barksdale, Rosalie B.
Black Educators and Schools in Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia
Briscoe, Madison Spencer and Briscoe, Marie Byers
Carter, Rev. George Horace, 1853-1922
Cartwright, Mrs. Helen Jennings
Cartwright, Myles Wordsworth Demonthanes (1915-200)
Cartwright, Pocahontas Jackson (Mrs. Joseph)
Catlett, Mrs. Alice Virginia
Crawford, Mrs. Gladyce L.
Finley, Charles W.
Finley, Mrs. Hester Virginia Turner
Finley, John Carter
Finley, Dr. Taylor Floyd
Ford, Katherine Dora Shelton (Mrs. Wallace Lee Ford)
Gaskins, Emma Kirk
Harper, Meta Byrd Evans
Harris, Violet (Mrs. Bushrod)
Honesty, Mrs. Mabel
Jackson, Mrs. Hilda
James, Mrs. Sally Lampkins
Johnsontown, West Virginia
Kent Street – Newsarticles
King, Closia Champ (Mrs. Eugene Wesley)
Laws, Mary (Mrs. James)
Lawson, Edgar C.
Marcus, Loverlena Lomax
Mason Family, 1845-1917
Moten, Mrs. Blanchetta Gibson (Mrs. Walker S.)
Poulson, Joseph Lowell Almer
Rhodes, Melvin R.
Rhodes, Vivian May
Roberts, Helen Joyce Rhodes
Robinson, Iona Mae
Taper, Marcia G.
Taper, Sadie Elizabeth
Tokes, Mrs. Sue
Tokes, Anna Quiett Brooks
Turner, Patricia Finley
Turner, Virginia Gordon Newman
Washington, Katie B.
Welch, Arthur A.
Williams, Daisy F. (Mrs. Thomas Grimes) (Mrs. John Henry Williams)
Williams, Mrs. Yvonne
Fremont St. Nursery, 1949 – 1993
John Mann Methodist Episcopal Church
Mt. Carmel F. B. Church
Negro Day Nursery
Storer College – The Storer College Builder, Volume 9, No. 2, February, 1854, 2 pages, printed
Theological School and Calvin College – Yearbook, 1928-1929, 56 pages, printed
Wings Over Jordan
BOX 3 GASKINS FAMILY
Gaskins, Carla Nicole
Gaskins, Kirk N. Jr.
Gaskins, Kirk N. Sr.
Commencement Program – University of Maryland at College Park, December 21, 1975 Davis, June Constance) Morgan State University, May 20, 1979 George Washington University, May 5, 1985 Bowie State University, May 11, 1985 Fairleigh Dickinson University, May 25, 1985 Fairleigh Dickinson University, May 31, 1987
BOX 4 – Scrapbook of Douglas School and Frederick County African-American Community
Scrapbook #1 -- 1920’s – 1950’s (nearly all material photocopies)
Black Educators and Schools
The Gaskins Family
Powell Gibson and Ellsworth Turner Collections
School Board minutes and material relating to Douglas School
Letter of Appointment to Kirk Gaskins as a teacher in Page County
Articles on Old Stone Church and Presbyterianism
Original copy of play Aida by Powell Gibson
Excerpts from book Negro Makers of History
Virginia Union University
Douglas School Commencement Programs
Notes, cast members, etc. from several organizations and entertainment programs
Douglas High School Alumni Association
Photocopies of Gaskin family photos
Photocopies of Finley family photos
Photocopies of Old Stone Presbyterian School and students’ photos
Photocopies of Douglas School students’ photos
Photocopies of Storer College photos
Scrapbook # 2 – 1940’s – 1950’s
Photocopies of pages from yearbooks
Newspaper clippings of articles and photos from Douglas School and prominent African- Americans, including sports
Photocopies of Commencement programs
Principal’s address to students and principal’s address to teachers
Scrapbook # 3 – 1960’s – 1970’s
Photocopies of photos and newspaper clippings related to Douglas School
Material related to Douglas School, school programs, school paper
Photocopies of Kirk N. Gaskins, Sr.’s correspondence
Photocopies of articles, etc. about Douglas School Alumni Association
Gaskins family photos, letters, etc.
Newspaper clippings and articles about city schools
Lovelena Lomax Marcus biography
Scrapbook # 4 – 1968 – 2000
Photocopies of pages from Handley yearbook
Material related to Handley High School
Newspaper articles regarding Handley High School
Douglas School Alumni Association
Douglas Community Learning Center
Finley’s Recreation Center
Articles on Black History
Scrapbook --1999 – Historic Site Ceremony
Douglas School Historic Site ceremony program and related material (1999)
unidentified photos of attendees at ceremony
Scrapbook --2000’s – Douglas Dinner Dance
Douglas Alumni Association Dinner, dance photos (unidentified)
Douglas Alumni Association newsletters and related material
Scrapbook – Douglas School
Original photographs of people and school
Article on rationing during World War II
Photocopy of diploma from Douglas School
Copies of photos from Yvonne Kirk Williams collection
Photos of early classes at Douglas and activities
Beverly Gaskins’ basketball shorts
Scrapbook – New Clippings
Negro teachers (news article)
Mothers Club/Nursery (news article)
Douglas School News (news article)
Commencement Exercises Programs, Dance cards, reception invitations, etc.
K.N. Gaskins Retirement Message (1 page)
Wilbur Lea Retires (news article)
Letter to Coach Barksdale regarding Charles Jackson
High School Basketball team (photo)
Douglas High School (photo)
Baby Shower (photo)
NEA Tour to Cuba (photo)
Handley High School (photo)
Alma Layton (photo)
Rebecca Robinson, homecoming queen, and Principal Kirk N. Gaskins (photo)