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L. Neill Woods 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

280 THL 

Inventory created by Archives Staff 09/1993. 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: 0.42 linear feet

DATE: 1930-1939

SCOPE AND CONTENT:  This collection contains drawings created by cartoonist Leslie Neill Woods for the Winchester Evening Star during the 1930s. Before Woods moved to Winchester, VA in 1911, he drew for the Baltimore World.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Leslie Neill Woods, born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1882, was also related to the prominent Woods family of Winchester. He studied at the Art Student League of NYC. After working at the Baltimore World, he moved to Winchester and was the artistic creator of “Ma Winchester” and “Pa Frederick.” These cartoons were a feature of the Winchester Star. The cartoons were both entertaining and also, according to an article in the Winchester Star” (Winchester Evening Star, Tuesday July 13, 1937) used to call attention the problems of the area which demanded official attention. NOTE:  His name is sometimes spelled with one “l” and sometimes as full name Leslie Neil(l) Woods.

CITE AS: L. Neill Woods Collection, 280 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.



Drawings by Neil Woods, photocopies and originals – primarily of “Ma Winchester” and “Pa Frederick,” and items of local interest 


Drawings by Neill Woods for the Winchester Evening Star, 1930s include the following:
Stone Gaol
Fort Loudoun
Seal of Winchester

PHOTOGRAPHS: Photographs and other images belonging to this collection may be accessed online through