Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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 12/1979. Last revised 12/2019
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: 4.25 linear feet
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The collection contains records and other materials from the Winchester and Frederick County Ministerial Associations, including correspondence, minute books, directories, and bulletins. Further records from the period following the merger of these two organizations in 1955 include directories, meeting minutes, news clippings, and announcements.
This collection also includes a religious survey of Winchester conducted in 1946 by the Association. It contains file cards with information about church attendance and religious affiliation of approximately 2,500 Winchester City residents.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Ministerial associations were ecumenical organizations working to support fellow clergy and to address local issues. They sprang up in many locations across the United States in the twentieth century. The Winchester Ministerial Association was active at least as early as 1913. A similar association for Frederick County began meeting in 1929 and continued until about 1942. In 1955, there was an effort to revive the Frederick County association and join with the Winchester organization, giving rise to the Winchester-Frederick County Ministerial Association.
Initially, both the Winchester and Frederick County Ministerial Association drew its members from clergy of the main Protestant churches in the area. Its membership gradually expanded to include a greater number of Protestant congregations as well as the clergy from Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and Beth El Jewish Congregation.
In its early years, the Winchester and Frederick County Associations were concerned with many aspects of religious and moral life of the residents of Winchester and Frederick County. To encourage religious observance and adherence to Christian living, the Association weighed in on a variety of matters such as education, law enforcement, and public morals. The organization’s focus changed in the later twentieth-century as it attempted to offer more pastoral care, social services, youth programs, and support for drug and alcohol addiction and mental health issues.
CITE AS: Winchester-Frederick County Ministerial Association Records, 1290 WFCHS/THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, Virginia
ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Acquired as a gift.
BOX 1: Winchester Ministerial Association, 1913 - 1945
Correspondence, 1920s, 17 leaves, typescript, manuscript, printed
Financial Statements, 1920s
Minute Book, Jan. 1, 1913-April 20, 1920, 1 volume (unnumbered pages) ; 25 cm
Minute Book, June 27, 1921-September 17, 1928, 1 volume (150 pages, some blank) ; 31 cm; includes folder of loose papers found in minute book
Religious Census Instructions – Feb. 13, 1939, 2 leaves, typescript
Bulletins, 1944-1945, 4 items, printed
BOXES 2-4: Religious Survey of Winchester, 1946
The Religious Survey of Winchester contains over 2,500 file cards organized alphabetically, as follows:
Box 1: Adams – Guess
Box 2: Habel – Rycus
Box 3: Quartz - Zuckerman
BOX 5: Frederick County Ministerial Association; Reorganization
Frederick County Ministerial Association ledger book, 1929-1933, contains Constitution, minutes, clippings, correspondence, 1 volume (100 pages, some blank) ; 26 cm, manuscript/typescript/printed
Frederick County Ministerial Association - ledger book, 1933-1935, contains membership roll, minutes, news clippings, 1 volume (152 pages, some blank) ; 26 cm, manuscript/typescript/printed
Ministerial association reorganization, 1955, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy)
BOX 6: Winchester-Frederick County Ministerial Association Meeting Minutes, 1965-2005
Minutes, 1963-1969, 16 leaves, 3 pages, typescript (photocopy)
Minutes, 1970-1974, 63 leaves, 16 pages, typescript (photocopy)
Minutes, 1975-1979, 29 leaves, 35 pages, typescript (photocopy); 2 leaves, manuscript
Minutes 1980-1984, unnumbered pages, typescript (photocopy)
Minutes 1985-1989, unnumbered pages, typescript (photocopy)
Minutes 1990- 1991, 22 leaves, 1 page, typescript (photocopy); 1 leaf, manuscript
Minutes, 1991-1992, 40 leaves, typescript (photocopy)
Minutes, 1993-1994,57 leaves, typescript (photocopy)
Minutes, 1005-1996, 25 leaves, typescript (photocopy)
Minutes, 1997-1998, 50 leaves, typescript (photocopy)
Minutes, 1999-2000, 33 leaves, typescript (photocopy)
Minutes, 2001-2002, 46 leaves, typescript (photocopy)
Minutes, 2003-2005, 48 leaves, typescript, (photocopy)
Directories, 1967-1979 (incomplete), 6 items, typescript (photocopy)
Directories, 1980-1989 (1988 missing), 9 items, typescript (photocopy)
Directories, 1990-1996, 10 items, typescript (photocopy)
Directories, 2000-2005, six items, typescript (photocopy)
Announcements, Miscellaneous Items
MAPCASE 1, DRAWER 6
Winchester Ministerial Association poster "Church Directory"