Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
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W & D Records, 408 WFCHS
This collection consists of an account book kept by W & D of Frederick County, Virginia, between 1845 and 1847.
Wall, Asa. Papers, 1355 THL
This collection includes degrees awarded to Asa Wall from the University of Virginia, West Virginia State Board of Health, and the University of Pennsylvania. Asa Wall (1836-1906) was a surgeon for both the U. S. Army (prior to the Civil War) and the Confederate Army.
Wallace, Lee A. Jr. Papers, 1351 WFCHS
This collection contains the bibliography of Lee A. Wallace, Jr.’s book, Fifth Virginia Infantry, roster lists, the introduction to the roster lists, and the roster list notes.
Warren County, Virginia, Collection, 1492 THL
This collection contains the property tax records for Warren County, VA from 1836-1862. Warren County, VA was established in 1836 from Frederick County and Shenandoah County, VA.
Washington, George. Collection, 839 WFCHS/THL
This collection contains articles and personal papers concerning George Washington and his association with the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, USA.
Wayland, John Walter. Papers, 26 WFCHS
This collection contains correspondence, notes, and articles compiled and written by John Walter Wayland (1872 - 1962) including a number of abstracts of area county court records and four volumes on area graveyards. Wayland wrote over 40 books and hundreds of articles concerning Virginia history. His major focus was the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Wayside Theatre Records, 1707 WFCHS/THL
This collection contains flyers, brochures, news articles, playbills from the 1960s to 2013, and many other items associated with the Wayside Theatre in Middletown, VA. The collection also includes 14 scrapbooks covering activities at the theater from 1964-1978. There is an attached list of playbills, chronologically and alphabetically. Wayside Theatre, which was originally known as the Maralarrick Players, was founded in 1962. The theater closed on August 7, 2013.
Weekday Religious Education Collection, 1748 THL
This collection contains information regarding the Weekday Religious Education Program for Winchester and Frederick County public schools. The collection also includes information such as Board of Directors meeting and Annual meeting minutes, correspondence relating to the program, church and school affiliations, brochures, and various newspaper articles.
Weissenberger, Sheila. Collection, 1729 WFCHS
This collection includes the checkbook stubs of Christian Louis Goller dating from 1929-1937. It also includes a photograph of Goller along with a family view report of the family. Christian Louis Goller lived from 1888-1937.
Welsh, Lucy Jane. Collection, 594 THL
The Lucy Jane Welsh Collection contains records from the Carpers Valley Methodist Episcopal Church, including membership information and other administrative documents. The collection also includes copies of Bible records and newspaper obituaries from the Renner and Carpenter families.
Welltown United Methodist Church Collection, 314 THL
This collection contains church records, bulletins, and news clippings of the Welltown United Methodist Church of Frederick County, VA. It also includes a church history, and the deed for the purchase of the church grounds. Welltown is one of the oldest Methodist churches in Frederick County, founded in 1866 on grounds donated to the church by its first pastor, Edward F. Hedrick.
Whiting, Henry. Collection, 184 WFCHS
The Henry Whiting Collection contains articles, biographies, genealogies, a diary, military papers, and other miscellaneous materials concerning people and events of Virginia and Winchester history. It also contains genealogical information on the Whiting family, and Helen Whiting, Henry’s mother.
Whitt, Samuel. Collection, 1196 THL
The collection contains Confederate money from Corporation of Winchester and Bank of the Valley in Virginia and promotional cards for businesses Heiston, Witt and Son, J.M. Orndoff, Shenandoah Valley National Bank, and J.W. Rosenberger. Wood family receipts from 1803 to 1830 and two 1858 sheriff notices to pay for Red Fox Scalps are included. Also included from Winchester, VA are a 1937 color picture news newsletter from Pete’s Service Center and four receipts from the early 1800s.
Wilkins, James R. Collection, 629 THL
This collection contains ledgers and account books for the Miller Dry Goods Store of Winchester, VA, from 1799 to 1862. Also included is correspondence from Richard Tuck Wilkins, 20th Regiment Infantry, CSA, and from the University of Virginia where he attended and taught in the 1880s. The collection also contains the Gilmer Confederate Engineers’ Maps and genealogical information on the Tuck Family.
Willey, Sydney R. Collection, 1640 THL
The collection contains the Gardner Family Tree, which dates from 1838-2009 as well as genealogical information on the Braithwaite (1630-1967), and Wiley (1781-1996) families.
Williams, Philip. Family Papers, 172 WFCHS
This collection contains personal correspondence of Philip Williams (1802 - 1868) written from 1817 to 1898. It also contains correspondence to John J. Williams, personal correspondence of Philip Williams III, and miscellaneous papers such as receipts, school papers, and brochures concerning the Williams family. Also included are materials concerning the Civil War units 114th Regiment, 18th Reg. Connecticut Volunteers, and Winchester Light Infantry.
Williamson, Nathan. Collection, 14 WFCHS
Family Bible records from the Bowers, Diefendorfer, Wilson, and Wood families, as well as the descendent chart Robert Livingston. Also included in this collection is the One Hundredth Anniversary Commemorative of the Church of Christ of Augusta, West Virginia and membership directories of the Church of Christ of Winchester, Virginia.
WINC FM Collection, 1616 THL
This collection is comprised of histories, scrapbooks, news clippings, miscellaneous materials, and editorials from the WINC-AM/FM radio station from 1941 to the present. The editorials cover 1982 to 1989 and deal with national and local events and issues. The histories, several of which were written by Phil Whitney, cover many of the stations and personalities associated with the company from its beginnings to the present.
Winchester and Frederick County Aerial Photograph Collection, 1760 WFCHS
This collection contains 40 aerial photographs of Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia acquired from the Frederick County and Winchester City Planning Departments. The photographs show buildings and roads, local historical areas, businesses, fairgrounds, schools, and farms.
Winchester and Potomac Railroad Records, 1473 WFCHS
This collection contains annual reports, stock information, and papers concerning Winchester and Potomac Railroad of Winchester, VA. Also included is a lawsuit between Winchester & Potomac Railroad and the Orange, Alexandria, & Manassas Railroad. The Winchester and Potomac Railroad (W & P) was the first railroad in Winchester, VA. It was chartered by the Virginia General Assembly in 1831 and ran from Harper’s Ferry to Winchester. In 1902, through a third party, the W & P was acquired by the B & O.
Winchester Area Branch #7127, NAACP Records, 1697 THL
Minutes, correspondence, and other materials from Winchester Area Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from the 1940s to present.
Winchester City Records, 519 WFCHS/THL
This collection contains records for the city of Winchester, VA including city codes and information pertaining to the various departments for the city (fire, finance, personnel, planning and zoning, police, public utilities, and public works). The collection also includes maps of the city, blueprints for Rouss City Hall, and tax and local books for the years 1870-1910. Most of the information is dated during the 1900s. The city of Winchester personnel office is the official repository for city council minutes.
Winchester City School Records, 581 THL
This collection includes materials related to the Winchester, Virginia (USA) school system and individual schools within the city limits, covering 1871 to the present. The collection includes minutes of school board and committee meetings, reports, publicity and newsletters, and describe the history and growth of Winchester City Schools. The appendix to the collection inventory provides a list of schools and colleges, both public and private, which were established in Winchester over the course of the City’s history.
Winchester Council of Garden Clubs Records, 637 THL
This collection contains one newspaper clipping from 1948 announcing a council flower show, minutes, and related papers from 1954 through the 1990s. Also included are scrapbooks of flower shows. Four garden clubs in the Winchester, VA area were holding joint flower shows by 1948.
Winchester, England, Collection, 1224 WFCHS/THL
This collection is comprised of news articles, speeches, souvenir guides, educational material, correspondence, and other miscellaneous materials concerning Winchester, England, sister city to Winchester, VA, USA.
Winchester Fire Departments Collection, 698 THL
This collection contains new clipping, histories, souvenir booklets, and membership rolls of Winchester Fire Departments, 1897 to present. The two earliest fire companies in Winchester, Virginia were Friendship (organized in 1831), and Union (organized in 1833).
Winchester High School Records, 670 WFCHS
The collection includes diplomas, broadsides, commencement programs, and report card of Winchester High School, which was located in the John Kerr Public School building and operated from 1884 – 1919.
Winchester Hiram Lodge No. 21 A.F. & A.M. Records, 1589 THL
This collection is comprised of the records of Winchester Lodge No. 12, A.Y.M. ("Antient York Masons") of 1768 to 1807 and Winchester Hiram Lodge No. 21 A.F. & A.M. of 1810 to 2000. These records contain charters, bylaws, account ledgers, reports, obituaries, and Masonic sponsored programs and events. Also included are ephemera and an historical sketch of the lodge.
Winchester Host Lions Records, 1669 THL
The collection contains the records of the Winchester Host Lions Club from its founding in 1924 to 2011. Included in the records are minutes, correspondence and membership information such as attendance, dues, monthly activities, and charitable work. Also in the collection is information about the Lions International, and the Winchester Lioness Club.
Winchester Knitting Mills Records, , 1469 THL
This collection of the Winchester Knitting Mills Records, Winchester, VA, includes the charter, by-laws, minutes, stock certificates, and reports of examination prepared by Yount, Hyde & Company, giving financial information from 1963 through 1970. The name changed to Locksley Corporation on July 5, 1963.
Winchester Little Theater Collection, 2 WFCHS/THL
This collection contains playbills, newsletters, news clippings and 1900s a scrapbook produced by the Winchester Little Theatre.
Winchester Medical Center Records, 1626 WFCHS/THL
The collection contains reports, programs, articles, oral histories, hospital magazines and newsletters, and other materials concerning the Winchester area hospital, which opened in March 1903. Also included in the collection are historical nursing school materials, news articles and staff directories.Winchester Medical Center began as Winchester Memorial Hospital in 1903. The new facility, an $80 million hospital complex, opened in December 1989.
Winchester Medical College Collection, 190 WFCHS/THL
The Winchester Medical College Collection includes catalogs, announcements, histories, and news articles pertaining to the college and its founder, Dr. William P. McGuire. The Winchester, Virginia college was chartered in 1826 as the "Medical College of the valley of Virginia". It was begun by Dr. John Esten Cooke, Dr. Hugh Holmes McGuire, and Dr. A. F. Magill. The college operated for two years and closed until 1847, when it was revived and newly chartered by the commonwealth as the Winchester Medical College.
Winchester Regional Airport Collection, 1442 THL
This collection is comprised of environmental assessment reports and an article about the history of Winchester airports.Winchester’s first airport was Bowles Field, which was established in 1907. The airport was reorganized and expanded and became Winchester Municipal Airport on December 2, 1937.
Winchester Rotary Club Collection, 113 THL
This collection contains correspondence, newsletters, histories, membership rosters (1944-1997), minutes, and other papers of the club.The Winchester Rotary Club was organized in 1921 by Fred E. Clerk who served as the first president.
Winchester, Virginia, Bicentennial Commission Collection, 767 WFCHS
This collection contains materials pertaining to the 1752 bicentennial celebration of Winchester, VA held in 1952. Included are programs, brochures, names of participants, and names of people who had been residents of the Winchester area for 50-70 years.
Winchester-Clarke Garden Club Collection, 1454 THL
This collection contains minutes and other records of the Winchester-Clarke Garden Club (Winchester and Clarke County, VA), as well as the Garden Club of Virginia and the Garden Club of America (1950-present). Also included are tour booklets for Historic Garden Week in Virginia from 1948 to present, with some years missing. The club was formed in 1924.
Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission Collection, 1251 THL
This collection contains articles, reports, promotional literature and aerial photomaps of the Winchester-Frederick County (VA) area from 1988 to the present. The materials relate to the activities of the Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission.
WInchester-Frederick County Historical Society Records, 49 WFCHS
Records of the Winchester – Frederick County Historical Society including quarterly newsletters, promotional items, news clippings, papers about the museums, correspondence, and the visitors’ log of George Washington’s Office Museum.
Winchester-Frederick County Ministerial Association Records, 1290 WFCHS/THL
This collection contains correspondence, financial statements, and minute books concerning the Winchester Ministerial Association, the Frederick County Ministerial Association and (following the merger of these two organizations in 1955), the The Winchester-Frederick County Ministerial Association. Records run from 1913 to 2005.
Winchester-Frederick County Veterans Council Collection, 1301 WFCHS/THL
This collection is comprised of correspondence, brochures, articles, certificates, and other materials concerning the Winchester-Frederick County (Virginia) Veterans Council and their activities. The Winchester-Frederick County Veterans Council is an organization that honors and remembers veterans in the Winchester-Frederick County area.
Winchester-Frederick County, Virginia, Legal Papers, 1680 WFCHS
This collection contains a variety of legal documents concerning Winchester-Frederick County, VA. Frederick County was established in 1738 and Winchester, VA was established in 1752. Frederick County Court Records began in 1743.
Wine , J. Floyd. Collection, 457 WFCHS/THL
This collection contained the essays of J. Floyd Wine which cover a wide variety of subjects on the history of the Shenandoah Valley.
Wolfe, Judith L. Collection, 1520 THL
This collection contains a loose-leaf notebook entitled, "Descendants of Joseph and Mary Rust Miller of Buffalo Marsh." The 72 pages contain genealogical material of this family of Frederick County, VA. Joseph and Mary Rust Miller lived in "Buffalo Marsh," Opequon District, Middletown, Frederick County, VA. He was born in 1763 and died in 1853.
Wolfe, Mary Milller. Collection, 1661 THL
This collection contains a variety of materials compiled by Mary Miller Wolfe (1926 - 2004) and covering a period from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. The materials mostly concern the Miller and Henkel families and include photographs and drawings, news clippings, certificates of marriage and naturalization, as well as a stock share and business correspondence for Abraham Miller.
Women’s Christian Temperance Union Collection, 754 THL
This collection includes pamphlets and articles written about alcohol, alcoholism, and the use of alcohol related to Christianity and the Bible. Also included are the history of Winchester, VA’s Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), the Frederick County, VA Temperance Convention in 1834, and various news articles.The Winchester chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was organized in October of 1884.
Women’s Civic League Collection, 241 THL
This collection contains minutes (1936-present), booklets (1988-present), record books (1946-1948), and scrapbooks (1946-1974) concerning the Women’s Civic League of Winchester, VA. The Women’s Civic League of Winchester, VA, was organized in 1915 by Mrs. Robert Y. Conrad.The Women’s Civic League voted to disband on June 3, 2016.
Wood, James. Collection, 711 THL,
The James Wood Collection is mainly the handwritten correspondence, both business and personal, of Col. James Wood, Sr., and other members of the Wood family. Portions of the collection include Frederick County records (e.g., fee lists) and other information not directly related to the Wood family. The time period covered by the collection extends from the 1730s to the late 1800s.
Wood, James. Family Papers, 173 WFCHS
This collection contains the business papers of Col. James Wood Sr. and some of his family. The papers are accounts, diaries, receipts and various memorabilia of the family for the period from 1736 to1868. Included are papers of the Frederick County, Virginia Clerk’s office for the period from 1743 to 1769.
Woods, L. Neill. Collection, 280 THL
This collection contains drawings created by cartoonist Neill Woods for the Winchester Evening Star during the 1930s. Before Woods moved to Winchester, VA in 1911, he drew for the Baltimore World. (1 box) Last updated 01/03.
Wood – Woods Family Collection, 632 THL
This collection is comprised of various Virginia county records, excerpts from several books concerning the Wood(s) family. It also includes several issues of different genealogical magazines published by the Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society, Wood(s) family oriented magazines, genealogies and histories of various states and families, and other miscellaneous Wood(s) family materials.
World War I Collection, 1115 WFCHS/THL
This Winchester- Frederick County, Virginia collection contains accounts, sketches, booklets, rosters, maps, and other materials concerning people and events of World War I.
World War II Collection, 1050 WFCHS/THL
This collection contains military records, Virginia War Fund records, articles, scrapbooks, and other material concerning World War II. The primary focus is on soldiers of the Winchester-Frederick County, VA community.
WPA Records, 303 WFCHS/THL
This collection contains a series of reports on historical subjects of the Winchester-Frederick County area as prepared by the Works Progress Administration of Virginia in the years 1936-37. The reports cover subjects such as deeds, churches, homes, cemeteries, wills, etc. An index is included with the records.
Wright, Daniel. Collection, 1646 THL
The collection contains a variety of items pertaining to the life and work of Winchester native Colonel Daniel Wright (1883 - 1963), including news clippings, correspondence, memorabilia, articles concerning his travels and work in Panama, Greece, and elsewhere around the world.