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Valley Female Institute 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 04/1983.  Last revised 04/2018.

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: 0. 21 linear feet

CREATOR: Valley Female Institute (Winchester, Va.)

DATE: 1854-1860

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains materials concerning the Valley Female Institute located in Winchester, Virginia from 1854 to 1860.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: In 1858 the Virginia General Assembly passed an act allowing the institute to grant degrees.  Mr. S.P. York and Mr. G. LaMonte were principals. The school was under Methodist sponsorship. The building, which was originally the second Methodist Church built in Winchester, is still standing at 112 South Cameron Street.  It currently houses law offices.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Quarles, Garland R., Winchester, Virginia: Streets, Churches, Schools, Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, Winchester, VA, 1996, pg. 199.

CITE AS: Valley Female Institute Collection, 211 WFCHS/THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.



BOX  1 

"Catalogue . . . of the Valley Female Institute," 3 booklets, printed
1856-1857, 1 item
1858, 2 items

Graduation address, [1858], by Elizabeth L. Payne, 1 item, 7 leaves, manuscript

Report card of L. Barr, April 1858, 1 leaf, manuscript on printed form

Report cards of M. E. Barr, 3 leaves, manuscript on printed form
1856 - February, October
1857 – June



Diploma awarded to Elizabeth L. Payne, June 24, 1858, 1 leaf, manuscript on printed form

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