Douglas Alumni Association Collection, 555 THL

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

555 THL

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection is comprised of testimonies, articles, biographies, booklets, and other material concerning the alumni of Douglas School in Winchester, VA. (6 boxes) Last updated 02/2016.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Douglas School was established May 31, 1875, through an agreement between John Linn, trustee for the Old School Congregational Baptist Church and the Winchester School Board. The Old School Church was used for the school, and classes first met in 1878. The school was first called Winchester Colored School and in 1916 the name was changed to the Douglas School. Due to increasing growth of the student body, the school moved its 150 students and 6 teachers to a new Winchester location on North Kent Street in 1927. From 1940 to the 1960s, the building was expanded to accommodate the increasing number of students. With integration, Douglas School closed in 1966. The building now serves as the Douglas Community Center.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Winchester/Frederick County Historical Society Journal, Volume 3, pages 3, 5-11

CITE AS: Douglas Alumni Association Collection, 555 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA

Note: Information about the Douglas School Alumni members inducted into the Edwin K. Barksdale Wing of the Hunter Maddex Hall of Fame is located in the John Handley High School Records 145 WFCHS/THL. The Edwin K. Barksdale Wing honors former student athletes from Douglas School as part of the John Handley (Sports) Hall of Fame which are selected by the Judges Athletic Association.

BOX 1

Faculty -Barksdale, Edwin - testimonies, news articles, records, 24 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Faculty – Barksdale, Edwin – news articles, unnumbered leaves

Faculty – Parks, Margaree, 1 leaf, printed

Faculty –Wheeler, Ethel, 2 leaves, printed

Faculty—Notice to teachers regarding extension course, 1937, one leaf, printed

Faculty -- Requirements for class credit for service personnel and veterans, Douglas School, April 20, 1953, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy)

Graduation -- Commencement Program – June 16, 1922, 3 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Graduation -- Commencement Program -1941, 5 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Graduation -- Commencement – Valedictory Address by Arthur Gaither, 1947, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy)

Graduation -- Commencement Invitation – June 7, 1960. 1 leaf, printed (photocopy)

Graduation -- Commencement – Valedictorian Address by Charlena Marie Washington, 1964, 2 leaves, typescript

Graduation -- Diploma – Washington, Charlena Marie, Douglas High School, Winchester, VA, June 10, 1964, 1 item, printed (in jacket)

Graduation -- Baccalaureate Service June 6, 1965 – 1 item printed

History -- Douglas School, unknown author and date, 2 leaves, typescript

History -- Lease between School Board of the City of Winchester, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

History -- School Board Minutes, Abstracts from 1871-1950, compiled my Judy Hubert, 9 leaves, typescript

Newspaper—Douglas Beacon—May, 1939, seven leaves, mimeograph (photocopy)

Music – Band and Glee Club activities

Music -- Douglas School Band - concert ticket, 1960, 1 item, 1 leaf, printed

Principal -Gaskins, Kirk N. Sr. –biographical sketch and timeline of school, 8 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Principal –Gibson, Powell W., 2 leaves, printed

Principal -Quiett, John H. –biographical sketch, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Program—Miss Douglas/Declamation Contest, Douglas School, March 23, 1945, 1 leaf, mimeograph; transcript, 1 leaf, typescript

Prom 1964 invitation, 1 item, printed

Prom Program – Douglas School, n.d., 7 leaves, mimeograph (photocopy)

School Book – “The New Blue Book of Favorite Songs”, 1941, 285 pages, printed

Sports -- Basketball tournament, 1954 - souvenir program, 6 leaves, 4 pages, printed/manuscript (photocopy)

Sports -- Basketball tournament program, 1956 – Tri-State Union Basketball Tournament, March 23-24, 1956, 4 pages, printed

Sports – Program, 1965 Athletic Banquet, Douglas High School (shaped like a basketball), 6 pages, mimeograph

Students’ Handbook, -- Douglas School, Winchester, VA, no date, 7 leaves, printed

Veterans Who Attended Douglas

BOX 2 - Yearbooks

Yearbook--Panorama, 1955, 6 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Yearbook – The Doug-Out, 1956, 41 pages, printed

Yearbook – The Doug-Out, 1959, 48 pages, printed

Yearbook—Memoirs—Class of 1966

BOX 3 – Alumni Association

Alumni - Cartwright, Joseph G. - biography, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy)

Alumni – Finley, Charles

Alumni -Finley, Floyd R.- biography, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy)

Alumni -Gaskins, Andrew Taylor Wayne - autobiography, 6 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Alumni – Byrd, Harmon, 6 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Alumni – Byrd, Harmon, 1 leaf, printed (photocopy)

Alumni – Interviews, 19 items, 7 leaves, typescript; 99 leaves, typescript (photocopy); 16 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Minutes and Officers – Douglas School Alumni Association, 1969-May, 1981, 19 pages, manuscript

Douglas Alumni Association Newsletters – August, 2000-August, 2005

Douglas Alumni Association – Program, Banquet 1948, three leaves, printed (photocopy)

Program – 1988 Douglas Alumni Association Dinner Dance, 10 pages, printed (2 copies)

Ticket – Douglas Alumni Dinner Dance, 1990, 1 leaf, printed

Ticket – Annual Douglas Alumni Dinner, October 7, 1995, 1 leaf, printed

Landmark Designation -- National Register of Historic Places Nomination (completed), April 21, 2000, 28 leaves, typescript on printed form (photocopy)

Landmark Designation – Virginia Historic Landmark, 1999, 1 leaf, printed

BOX 4 – News Articles

News Articles – 1910-1919           1934                 1944             1954
                            1920-1924          1935                 1945              1955
                            1925-1926          1936                 1946              1956
                            1927                    1937                 1947              1957
                            1928                    1938                 1948
                            1929                    1939                 1949
                            1930                    1940                  1950
                            1931                    1941                  1951
                            1932                    1942                  1952
                            1933                    1943                  1953

BOX 5 – News Articles

News Articles – 1958                      1963                           1980-9                      
                            1959                     1964                            1990-9
                           1960                      1965                            2000-present
                            1961                     1966-9                         unknown date
                            1962                     1970-9

BOX 6

Blacks who owned businesses in Winchester, abstracted from city directories, 11 leaves, 3 pages, manuscript

1877-1878

1898-1899

1905

1914-1915

1921-1922

1936

Black Heritage Tour – draft December 1, 1996, 1 leaf, typescript

Negro Minstrels – 2 leaves, printed (photograph)

Negro Day Nursery, Inc. - commencement program, 1956, 1 item, 1 page, printed

Records of local black families (used for displays), 3 items 
      Court records, excerpts, 1803-1815, 2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)
      Free inhabitants, District 16, 2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)
      Marriage records, pages 90A,B 1820-1853, 2 leaves, typescript on printed form Faculty

OVERSIZE SCRAPBOOKS

Douglas High School, “The Barksdale Years”—scrapbook of athletic events at Douglas High School from 1953-1966 under Ed Barksdale, contains scans and photocopies of news clippings as well as an alumni tribute to Barksdale in 1986; 1 oversize scrapbook, unnumbered pages, printed. All materials compiled by Jimmy Dix.