Women’s Christian Temperance Union Collection

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

754 THL

Scope and Content: 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.
(1 box) Last updated 07/07.

Biographical/Historical: The Winchester chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was organized in October of 1884 in response to a call for total abstinence by Miss Jennie Smith at a Market Street Methodist Church revival. Miss Smith was known to everyone as the Railroad Evangelist. The union began with about 100 members and about the same number of honorary male members. By 1958, membership had grown to 152, but only 12 honorary male members. The work of the WCTU was mostly educational. By 1958, seven working departments were active in the local union: temperance and missions, Christian citizenship, literature, publicity, flower mission and relief, evangelism, and international relations for peace. The Winchester union held the state convention for the organization in 185l, 1892, and 1909.

Cite As: Women’s Christian Temperance Union Collection, 754 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA.


Box 1

“The Alcohol Problem,” By Deets Pickett, 1 item, printed

Alcoholism Pamphlets, 8 items, printed

Bible, Christians and Alcohol, 8 items, printed

“The Drunkard’s Emblem…,” by Dr. Benjamin Rush, no date, 1 item, published
*Item includes biographical sketches of Dr. Benjamin Rush, Joseph Foster, and Bailey Shumate

Frederick County Temperance Convention - June 7, 1834, minutes, 1 item, printed

History of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union of Winchester, VA, no date, 3 leaves, typescript

Minute Book—1884—Sept. 30, 1886, manuscript, unnumbered pages

Minute Book—Oct. 30, 1890-May 29, 1895, manuscript, unnumbered pages, leather bound

Progress, Publication of the International Reform Federation, February, April, June and November, 1953, 4 items, printed

Prohibition, 2 items, printed

States and Alcohol Problem, 7 items, printed

Virginia Church Temperance Council, Inc. Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1953
1 item, printed

“Voice from the Grave! An Argument for the Temperance Society,” by David Meade. … Winchester, VA, printed at Republican Office, 1861, 15 pages, printed

Winchester W.C.T.U., a Brief History – 1884-1958, 1 item, typescript (copy)

Mapcase 1 Drawer 1

Broadsides–Temperance Meeting–Frederick County sites, May 10, 1907, 2 items, printed