Douglas Alumni Association 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
archives@handleyregional.org
www.handleyregional.org

555 THL

Inventory created by Archives Staff 04/1990. Last revised 07/2019.

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: 1.04 linear feet

DATE: 1871 - 2016

ALTERNATIVE FORM AVAILABLE: News articles have been digitized as PDFs and are available on a flash drive kept with the collection.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Douglas Alumni Association Collection contains testimonies, articles, biographies, booklets, and other items from members of the Douglas School Alumni Association.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Douglas School was established May 31, 1875, through an agreement between John Linn, trustee for the Old School Congregational Baptist Church, and the Winchester School Board. The Old School Church was used for the school, and classes first met in 1878. The school was first called Winchester Colored School and in 1916 the name was changed to the Douglas School. Due to increasing growth of the student body, the school moved its 150 students and 6 teachers to a new Winchester location on North Kent Street in 1927. From 1940 to the 1960s, the building was expanded to accommodate the increasing number of students. Douglas School closed in 1966 following the integration of all students into the public school system. The building now serves as the Douglas Community Center.

RELATED MATERIAL: Oral history interviews with individuals who attended Douglas School are available. Sound Archives. Please ask Archives Staff for assistance with the Oral History Collection.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Humbert, Judy. History of Douglas School, Winchester, Virginia: A Tribute to Endurance, Belief, Perseverance, and Success. Winchester, VA: Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society,­ 2014                                  

CITE AS: Douglas Alumni Association Collection, 555 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA

ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Acquired as a gift.

ORGANIZATION:

Faculty -Barksdale, Edwin - testimonies, news articles, records, 24 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Faculty – Barksdale, Edwin – news articles, unnumbered leaves

Faculty – Parks, Margaree, 1 leaf, printed

Faculty –Wheeler, Ethel, 2 leaves, printed

Faculty—Notice to teachers regarding extension course, 1937, one leaf, printed

Faculty -- Requirements for class credit for service personnel and veterans, Douglas School, April 20, 1953, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy)

Graduation -- Commencement Program – June 16, 1922, 3 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Graduation -- Commencement Program -1941, 5 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Graduation -- Commencement – Valedictory Address by Arthur Gaither, 1947, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy)

Graduation -- Commencement Invitation – June 7, 1960. 1 leaf, printed (photocopy)

Graduation -- Commencement – Valedictorian Address by Charlena Marie Washington, 1964, 2 leaves, typescript

Graduation -- Diploma – Washington, Charlena Marie, Douglas High School, Winchester, VA, June 10, 1964, 1 item, printed (in jacket)

Graduation -- Baccalaureate Service June 6, 1965 – 1 item printed

History -- Douglas School, unknown author and date, 2 leaves, typescript

History -- Lease between School Board of the City of Winchester, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

History -- School Board Minutes, Abstracts from 1871-1950, compiled my Judy Hubert, 9 leaves, typescript

Newspaper—Douglas Beacon—May, 1939, seven leaves, mimeograph (photocopy)

Music – Band and Glee Club activities

Music -- Douglas School Band - concert ticket, 1960, 1 item, 1 leaf, printed

Principal -Gaskins, Kirk N. Sr. –biographical sketch and timeline of school, 8 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Principal –Gibson, Powell W., 2 leaves, printed

Principal -Quiett, John H. –biographical sketch, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Program—Miss Douglas/Declamation Contest, Douglas School, March 23, 1945, 1 leaf, mimeograph; transcript, 1 leaf, typescript

Prom 1964 invitation, 1 item, printed

Prom Program – Douglas School, n.d., 7 leaves, mimeograph (photocopy)

School Book – “The New Blue Book of Favorite Songs”, 1941, 285 pages, printed

Sports -- Basketball tournament, 1954 - souvenir program, 6 leaves, 4 pages, printed/manuscript (photocopy)

Sports -- Basketball tournament program, 1956 – Tri-State Union Basketball Tournament, March 23-24, 1956, 4 pages, printed

Sports – Program, 1965 Athletic Banquet, Douglas High School (shaped like a basketball), 6 pages, mimeograph

Students’ Handbook, -- Douglas School, Winchester, VA, no date, 7 leaves, printed

Veterans Who Attended Douglas

News Articles, 1910 – 2016, dates unknown, digitized as PDFs. (Note: Articles have been scanned to allow keyword searches but researchers should note that the poor quality of some original scans may make keyword searches inaccurate. Original articles are available on the microfilm of the Winchester Star. Please ask Archives Staff for assistance.)

Articles are organized chronologically as PDF files and are available for the following years:

_ALL YEARS COMBINED;

1910-1917;  1920-1924;  1925-1926;  1930;  1931;  1933;  1934;  1936; 1937;  1938; 1939; 

1940;  1941;  1942;  1943;  1944;  1945;  1946;  1947;  1948;  1949; 1950;  1951; 1952; 1953; 

1954; 1955;  1956;  1957;  1958;  1960;  1961;  1962;  1963;  1964; 1965; 1966–1969; 

1980-1989; 1990-1999; 2000-2016; Dates Unknown

BOX 2 - Yearbooks

Yearbook--Panorama, 1955, 6 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Yearbook – The Doug-Out, 1956, 41 pages, printed

Yearbook – The Doug-Out, 1959, 48 pages, printed

Yearbook—Memoirs—Class of 1966

BOX 3 – Alumni Association

Alumni - Cartwright, Joseph G. - biography, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy)

Alumni – Finley, Charles

Alumni -Finley, Floyd R.- biography, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy)

Alumni -Gaskins, Andrew Taylor Wayne - autobiography, 6 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Alumni – Byrd, Harmon, 6 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Alumni – Byrd, Harmon, 1 leaf, printed (photocopy)

Alumni – Interviews, 19 items, 7 leaves, typescript; 99 leaves, typescript (photocopy); 16 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Minutes and Officers – Douglas School Alumni Association, 1969-May, 1981, 19 pages, manuscript

Douglas Alumni Association Newsletters – August, 2000-August, 2005

Douglas Alumni Association – Program, Banquet 1948, three leaves, printed (photocopy)

Program – 1988 Douglas Alumni Association Dinner Dance, 10 pages, printed (2 copies)

Ticket – Douglas Alumni Dinner Dance, 1990, 1 leaf, printed

Ticket – Annual Douglas Alumni Dinner, October 7, 1995, 1 leaf, printed

Landmark Designation -- National Register of Historic Places Nomination (completed), April 21, 2000, 28 leaves, typescript on printed form (photocopy)

Landmark Designation – Virginia Historic Landmark, 1999, 1 leaf, printed

BOX 4

African American owned businesses in Winchester, abstracted from city directories, 11 leaves, 3 pages, manuscript

1877-1878

1898-1899

1905

1914-1915

1921-1922

1936

Black Heritage Tour – draft December 1, 1996, 1 leaf, typescript

Negro Minstrels – 2 leaves, printed (photograph)

Negro Day Nursery, Inc. - commencement program, 1956, 1 item, 1 page, printed

Records of local black families (used for displays), 3 items 
      Court records, excerpts, 1803-1815, 2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)
      Free inhabitants, District 16, 2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)
      Marriage records, pages 90A,B 1820-1853, 2 leaves, typescript on printed form Faculty

OVERSIZE SCRAPBOOKS

Douglas High School, “The Barksdale Years”—scrapbook of athletic events at Douglas High School from 1953-1966 under Ed Barksdale, contains scans and photocopies of news clippings as well as an alumni tribute to Barksdale in 1986; 1 oversize scrapbook, unnumbered pages, printed. All materials compiled by Jimmy Dix.

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