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James R. Wilkins Sr. 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

629 THL

Scope and Content: 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.
(1 box) Last updated 02/2011.

Biographical/Historical: James R. Wilkins, Sr., descendant of the two Virginia families Luck and Wilkins, was the author of two books. Pioneers and Patriots is about the Wilkins family and the founding of Jamestown. The Impossible Task is a history of Shenandoah University, which Wilkins helped bring to Winchester, VA. Wilkins was a businessman in Winchester and active in civic affairs until his death in 1996.

Bibliography: Worthington, Don, and Laura Hutchison Grant. “Businessman, Activist James R. Wilkins Sr. Dies at 86.” The Winchester Star, 14 September 1996, pgs.A1 and A2.

Cite As: James R. Wilkins Collection, 629 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.


Box 1

Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack, 1886, 1 item, 31 pages, printed

Hite, Jost - court records, 5 items, 4 pages, 1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy)

The Tucks of Virginia - family history compiled by Althea Jane Macon, 1964, 215 pages, printed (photocopy)

Wilkins, James R., Sr.—News Articles—unnumbered, printed (photocopy)

Wilkins, James R., Jr.—News Articles—unnumbered, printed (photocopy)

Wilkins, Richard Tuck – correspondence
1860s, 10 pages, manuscript
1870s, 2 pages, manuscript
1880s, 14 pages, manuscript

Wilkins, Richard Tuck - photocopies of correspondence, 1860s-1880s, 17 pages, manuscript (photocopy)

Wilkins, Richard Tuck - favorite poems, 1861-1862, 1 page, printed, photocopy

The Item -- newspaper, April 4, 1896, 2 pages, printed (photocopy)

Accounts book, April 1, 1799 - May 1, 1802, 1 item, 282 pages, manuscript, bound

Accounts book, August 1, 1860 - May 5, 1862, 1 item, 151 pages, manuscript, bound

Box 2

Harper's Weekly, Saturday, November 5, 1864, 8 pages, printed (photocopy)

Journal, 1821-1825, 1 item, 160 pages, manuscript, bound

Journal, 1860-1862, 1 item, 136 pages, manuscript, bound

Mapcase 3, Drawer 13

Confederate Engineers' Maps from the Jeremy Francis Gilmer Collection