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Robert Lee Gray Collection

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 12/2020. Last revised 04/2022.

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.

TECHNICAL ACCESS: This collection includes two audio interviews on a flash drive which require a computer/media player to access. Please ask Archives Staff for assistance.

EXTENT:  0.42 linear feet

CREATOR: Gray, Robert Lee, 1930-2018

DATE: 1795-1984.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Robert Lee Gray Collection contains investment papers, correspondence, and other papers of Robert Lee Gray Sr. (1862-1927), as well as correspondence from Robert Lee Gray Jr. (1886-1953) and John DeKay, a correspondent living in Germany.  There are genealogical records including family records from the Gray family Bible and cassette tapes of discussions on family history.  It also contains papers from the first annual Apple Blossom Festival in 1924.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Robert Lee Gray (1930-2018), the donor of this collection, was a resident of Winchester, VA, a U.S. Navy Veteran, and a professional engineer.  In 1964, he married his wife Berny, with whom he had two children.  In 1970, he founded Gray Engineering in Winchester.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Royal Arch Masons, and Knights Templar Commandry #12.                                  

CITE AS: Robert Lee Gray Collection, 141 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.




Apple Blossom Festival, May 3, 1924, 7 pages, printed and typescript

DeKay, John – Correspondence, 1923-1924, unnumbered leaves, typescript

Gray, Evva A. – Estate, 1937, 5 leaves, typescript

Gray Family Bible Records, 1795-1927, 6 pages, manuscript

Gray, Robert L., Jr. – Correspondence & Notes, 1923-1925, unnumbered pages, manuscript

Gray, Robert L., Sr. – Correspondence to, 1923-1929, 15 leaves, typescript and manuscript

Gray, Robert L., Sr. – Investments – Companies & Industries, 1922-1924, unnumbered leaves, printed and typescript (folder contains the following):
Car Lighting and Power Company
Cosden and Company
The Central Teresa Sugar Company
George Washington Hotel
International Cotton Mills
Manufacturer’s Finance Company
The Southern Hotel
White Oil Corporation

Gray, Robert L., Sr. – Investments – Trust Companies, 1919-1925, unnumbered leaves, typescript (folder contains the following):
Commerce Trust Company
Hambleton & Co.
J.S. Wilson, Jr. & Co.
Maryland Trust Company
Mercantile Trust & Deposit Co.
Poe & Davies Bankers and Brokers
Shenandoah Valley National Bank
W.W. Lanahan & Co. Bankers

Interviews, Gray Family, transcripts (includes the following):
Revell, Cornelia S. Gray, May 1984, interviewer unknown, 21 pages, printed
Gray, Robert L. May 16, 1984, interviewer unknown, 22 pages, printed
Interviews may not be copied, published, or redistributed.

Interviews, Gray family, audio files on flash drive (includes the following):
Revell, Cornelia S. Gray, May 1984, interviewer unknown, approx. 52 minutes, MP3
Gray, Robert L., May 16, 1984, interviewer unknown, approx.. 61 minutes, MP3
Interviews may not be copied, published, or redistributed.

Receipts, 1915-1924, unnumbered leaves, typescript and manuscript

Winchester Elks Lodge No. 867, 1924, 1 booklet, printed

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