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