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Henry Whiting 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 03/1980. 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: 1.46 linear feet

DATE: 1703-1978

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Henry Whiting Collection contains articles, biographies, genealogies, 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 Hudson Whiting. The collection also contains data on the creation of the Abram’s Delight Museum and its furnishings.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Henry Whiting was born on July 20, 1923 in Aurora, Colorado, the son of Lt. Col. Edgar Whiting and Helen Hudson Whiting. The family moved to Winchester following Lt. Col. Whiting’s retirement from the army. In World War II, Henry Whiting served under General George S. Patton. Patton was a family friend as well as Whiting’s commanding officer. He later obtained a law degree from the University of Virginia and went on to practice law. He was named a Virginia Supreme Court Justice in 1987. He retired in 1995 and died in 2012.

Henry’s mother, Helen Hudson Whiting, was born in Pittsburgh in 1892 and was a Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin in 1915. She worked with the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society from the 1940s to the 1970s and was involved in the renovation of its historic properties. She was also a member of the Handley Regional Library Board during the 1960s, a member of the Red Cross and of Christ Episcopal Church.  She died in 1978.

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES: Obituary, Henry Hudson Whiting (1923-2012), Northern Virginia Daily, May 18, 2012; Foreman, Michael M. “Helen Hudson Whiting,” Some Worthy Women.  Winchester, VA: Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 2007.  Pp. 117-188.   

CITE AS: Henry Whiting Collection #184, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA



BOX 1  Local history A-L

Abram’s Delight – Early history of the museum, 39 leaves, manuscript and typescript

Abram’s Delight – Documents and New clippings, 7 items,

Abram’s Delight – Sketches of Hollingsworth furniture purchased by the Winchester –Frederick County Historical Society at the Family auction, 5 leaves, manuscript and printed

Autograph Book – unknown owner, 1892-1896, bound, manuscript

Braddock’s Army Campaign – 1755 (Jefferson, Frederick, Hampshire Counties), by Walter S. Hough, 3 leaves, typescript, copy

Century club – news article, c. 1946, 1 leaf; news article, 1955, 1 leaf (transcript)

Civil War – The Bandy Bell, Newsletter of the Winchester Civil War Roundtable, June 19, 1962

Civil War Centennial Brochures – 4 items, printed

Civil War – Chew’s Battery, December 21, 1864, 2 leaves, typescript  [NOTE:  Diary is in Hugh G. Pierce Papers 960 THL]

Civil War -- Pierce, Hugh O., Diary of – 51st Virginia Military Regiment, 2 leaves, typescript

Civil War -- Rainsberger, Joseph D. – Certificate of Service, Co. C, 1st New York (Lincoln Cavalry), printed

Clarke County Historical Collection, July, 1936, 28 pages, printed, original

Clarke County – News clippings, 1951, 1973, 3 items, printed

Dedication of Winchester-Frederick County War Memorial Building, November 11, 1956, 4 pages, printed

Fort Egypt, Page County, Virginia – “Fort Egypt in Page Shows How Pioneers Lived,”
2 leaves, typescript, copy

Garden Clubs -- Historic Garden Week Tour, 1955, 2 pages, printed

Garden Clubs – Winchester Council of Garden Clubs Constitution, n. d., 6 leaves, mimeograph

Garden Clubs – Clarke County Garden Club Programs, 1950-1953. 1963-1964, 1977-1978, 5 items, printed

Handley Library – Board Activities, 1962-1967, 25 leaves, typescript

Handley Library – Inventory Ledger, - Item in attic, n.d., 1 item, manuscript

Historic Preservation of Winchester – News clippings, 1960s, 12 items, printed

Historic Winchester – Pamphlets, Brochures, Prints, and street map, 8 items, printed

Lee, General Charles – 7 leaves, typescript

BOX 2 Local History M-Z     

Miscellaneous Item

Morgan, Gen. Daniel – News clippings, miscellaneous, printed

Notes on Winchester, Virginia history,4 pages, manuscript

Oaths of Office – 1889, 3 items, printed

Sale catalog #727 – Military Papers – Sale conducted by Stan V. Henkels, included the papers of Col. James Wood, 1894, 18 leaves, typescript

Shenandoah Valley History – Bibliography, September, 1951, 3 leaves, typescript

Stephens City – News clippings, 1951-1952, 3 items, printed

Thorn Hill Manor – 3 leaves, typescript

Valley Manuscript by Margaret Lynn Lewis,1703, 24 pages, bound, typescript, copy

Virginia Military Base Histories, 16 pages, typescript

Winchester News clippings

Wood, Col. James Wood – Notebook Transcript, 3 leaves, typescript

Winchester-Fredrick County Historical Society – Filings at Handley Regional Library, 3 leaves, typescript

Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society – Listings of purchases, 18 leaves, typescript and manuscript

Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society – Loan Agreement Form, 1950, 1 leaf, typescript

Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society – Petition concerning Helen Whiting and Mr. Belchic, 1 leaf, typescript

Scrapbook – news clippings about General Daniel Morgan, 1951-1952

BOX 3 People 

Burwell, Carter (1716-1756) – Sketch of, compiled by George Harrison Burwell, no date clippings – miscellaneous, printed

Class Prophecy – 4 leaves, manuscript

Connell-Hollingsworth Genealogy – 6 items, manuscript, original

Grim, Charles Family Genealogy – 7 items, manuscript, original

Henkel Papers and Notes – Inventory of, miscellaneous, manuscript, typescript, copy

Holliday-Hollingsworth Connection – 1 leaf, manuscript

Hyde, Eugenia – Correspondence, November 19, 1841-November 8, 1849, 13 pages, typescript (photocopy)

Lee Family Memorabilia consisting of:
2 steel knitting needles
1 steel hooked knitting needle – crochet
1 ivory hooked knitting needle
3 ivory knitting needles – crochet
1 crochet piece
1 doily – white
1 doily – red
1 cloth, square (yellow)
1 cloth, square (white)
1 crochet piece

Note: The listed items above were made by Robert E. Lee’s cousin’s wife at “Rutledge,” Middleburg, VA. Good condition, no date.

Miller Family – Speech before Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society by James Miller. December 1, 1958, 10 leaves, typescript

Memento – edited by Julia Mitchell, 1 item, manuscript

Nulton Memorabilia – 3 items, printed

Vance, Virginia E. – Memorabilia, 1938, 3 items: typescript, 1 leaf; printed, bound, 16 pages; news article

White, Elijah Family – Miscellaneous bills, notes, etc., printed, manuscript

Yates, Fred – Correspondence from Rob, May 2, 1903, 1 leaf, manuscript

BOX 4 Whiting Family 

Whiting, Mrs. Edgar – Correspondence, 4 items, typescript, copy

Whiting, Frank – Shenandoah Valley Academy Certificates of Proficiency, 1873-1874, 11 items, printed

Whiting, Helen – News articles, 1 item, printed

Whiting Family Genealogy and History, 17 leaves, typescript and printed (photocopy)

Whiting, Henry – News clippings

Whiting-Washington Connection – 9 leaves, typescript and printed (photocopy)

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