American Red Cross, Winchester and Frederick County, 1361 THL

American Red Cross, Winchester and Frederick County, VA, Chapter 24 Collection, 1361 THL

Scope and Content: This collection contains an assortment of materials from the Winchester-Frederick County, VA Red Cross, Chapter 24. The first box contains annual meeting reports from 1952 to 1984 and executive committee meetings records, 1917-1986. Box 2 contains bloodmobile visits, correspondence, and emergency programs, 1918-1979. Box 3 has activities, reports, and miscellaneous program reports. The fourth box is made up of miscellaneous materials relating to the Red Cross including issues of Red Cross News and The Red Cross Magazine. The remainder of the collection contains scrapbooks, 1921-1987, and other Red Cross paraphernalia.

(5 boxes) Last updated 12/2009.

Biographical/Historical: The Winchester-Frederick County Chapter of the American Red Cross was established in 1917 and is active in the community with blood programs, first aid classes, and water safety programs.

The International Red Cross was established in 1859 by Henry Dunant of Switzerland out of a need for more effective and humane treatment of soldiers during wartime. He called for the creation of national relief societies to assist those wounded in war, and pointed the way to the future Geneva Conventions. Clara Barton (1821-1912) dominated the early history of the American Red Cross, which was modeled after the International Red Cross. She successfully organized the American Association of the Red Cross in Washington, D.C., on May 21, 1881. Created to serve America in peace and in war, during times of disaster and national calamity, Barton's organization took its service beyond that of the International Red Cross Movement by adding disaster relief to battlefield assistance. The American Red Cross is a large, active organization today, helping with relief efforts all over the world.

Bibliography: Web site for the American Red Cross, FAQs page—

Cite As: American Red Cross, Winchester and Frederick County, VA, Chapter 24 Collection, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.


Box 1

Annual meetings, 1952, 1966, 1969, 1979-80, 1984 12 items, printed

Annual reports, 1936-1954: 1936-37, 1940-44, 1946-48, 1953-54, 11 items, printed

Annual reports, 1963-1969, 5 items, typescript; printed

Annual reports, 1970-1984: 1970-76, 1984, 10 items, printed

Board of Directors meetings, 1960-1986: 1960-61, 1966-67, 1980-86, unnumbered items, printed

Executive Committee meetings, 1917-1923, unnumbered items, manuscript, printed

Executive Committee meetings, 1923-1929, unnumbered items, manuscript, printed

Box 2

Bloodmobile visits, 1960-1969, unnumbered items, typescript

Bloodmobile visits, 1948-1959, unnumbered items, typescript, printed

Correspondence, 1918-1920, unnumbered items, manuscript; typescript, photocopies

Correspondence, 1954, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1979 (all incomplete), 9 items, typescript, photocopies

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Program, unnumbered items, printed, typescript, photocopies

Emergency Operations Plan, 2 items, printed

Box 3

Activities reports, 1921-1922, 9 items, printed, photocopies

Fiftieth anniversary, 1967, unnumbered items, manuscript, photocopies

First aid, 3 items, printed, photocopies

Junior division, 6 items, manuscript, printed, photocopies

Membership, 4 items, typescript, photocopies

Miscellaneous, unnumbered items, printed, typescript, photocopies

News articles, unnumbered items, printed

Newsletters, 1980, 1986, 5 items, printed

Public Health Nursing Program, 1920-1922, unnumbered items, printed

United Fund campaign, 1971-1972, 1 item, printed

Water Safety Program, 3 items, printed, typescript

World War I activities, unnumbered items, manuscript, typescript, photocopies

Box 4 The National Red Cross

"All Honor to the American War Nurse," brochure, no date (World War I), 1 item, printed

Blood collection program, unnumbered items, typescript, photocopies

Christmas postcard with Red Cross postage stamp, 1908, 3 items

Disaster relief, 1905-1916, 1 item, typescript

"The Heart of a Nation," booklet, 1919, 1 item, printed

National Headquarters Museum, undated, 6 items, typescript

Red Cross News, October 1985, newsletter, 1 item, printed

Operating Committee, Washington Regional Blood Council, 1960-1962, unnumbered items, typescript, photocopies

The Red Cross Magazine, 8 items, printed, photocopies

Russian relief program, 1921, 3 items, printed, photocopies

War Fund Campaign, 1945, 1 item, printed

"The Work of a Chapter Board: A Guide for Chapter Board Members," 1981, 1 item, printed

Box 5

"Handbook for Chapter Workers," notebook containing unnumbered items, printed, typescript

International Red Cross pins and insignias, 23 items, metal

Ornaments—Season’s Greetings—American Red Cross—1996 "Help Can’t Wait!"
2 items, ceramic

Buttons Pins –7 items

Mapcase 5, Drawer 4

Red Cross poster, printed, damaged

List of Scrapbooks in Collection

Note: Scrapbooks are temporarily unavailable to researchers.

Years are listed as they appear in the scrapbook.



1928-1933 Roll call

September 1936-December1939


1942-1945 Blood drive





1953-1954 First aid

1954 Publicity


1952-1956 Blood drive




January 1964-July 1965

July 1965-January 1966

February 1967-April 1969

April 1969-December 1971

January 1972-December 1973

January 1974-1977

August 1979-May 1980


1990-1992; 1986; 1994

1950; 1984; 1993-1994; 1996

1939-2005, Press Clippings, Ephemera of Winchester-Frederick County, American Red Cross

1950s and 1960s Disaster Photographs from Other Chapters

Assistant Director’s Report, 1960 National Aquatic School, Camp Letts, Edgewater, MD

Small Crafts School (Culver Military Academy)
June 11021, 1963