Winchester Area Branch, NAACP

Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

1697 THL

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains the minutes, correspondence, and information on the workings of the Winchester Area Branch, NAACP, from the late 1940s to the early 21st Century. Most of the material comes from the 1970s through the early 1980s while the organization was directed by Raymond Ratcliffe. The collection also includes a letter from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Harano Childs, May 21, 1956, thanking him for support of Montgomery Improvement Association. Mr. Childs also received a comic book, “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story”,
(7 boxes) Last updated 02/17.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, commonly referred to as the NAACP, was founded in New York City, NY on February 12, 1909. Its stated purpose was to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. Local chapters of the organization have existed almost since the national society’s conception. Like the national organization, local chapters of the NAACP were actively involved in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and its aftermath. The Winchester Area Branch includes the city of Winchester, Frederick County, and Clark County, Virginia.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Taken from the collection.

CITE AS: Winchester Area Branch, NAACP Collection , 1697 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA

BOX 1 

33rd Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education – 1 booklet, 8 leaves, printed 

American Legacy Magazine – contains an interview with Historian Douglas Brinkley concerning research for a biography of Rosa Parks, pgs. 78-82, 1 magazine, printed 

Blank Forms – unnumbered leaves 

Brochures – 8 items, printed 

Constitution of the NAACP, 1994 – 2 copies in booklet form, printed 

Conventions, 1970s – unnumbered leaves, printed

 Conventions, 1980s – unnumbered leaves, printed 

Conventions, 1990s and 2000 – unnumbered leaves, printed

 Correspondence, August 24, 1948 – 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy) 

Correspondence, 1962-1975 – unnumbered leaves, manuscript, typescript, printed 

Correspondence, 1976-1977 – unnumbered leaves, manuscript, typescript, printed 

Correspondence, 1978-1979 – unnumbered leaves, manuscript, typescript, printed 

BOX 2 

Correspondence, 1980-1981, unnumbered leaves, manuscript, typescript, printed 

Correspondence, 1983 – unnumbered leaves, manuscript, typescript, printed 

Correspondence, 1990s – unnumbered leaves, manuscript, typescript, printed 

Correspondence, no date – unnumbered leaves, manuscript, typescript, printed 

The Crisis, January and March, 1975 issues – 2 magazines, printed

 The Crisis, 1977-1980 (November, 1977, May, 1979, June, 1980) – 3 magazines, printed 

Education – unnumbered leaves, manuscript, typescript, printed 

Flyers, 1949-1980s – unnumbered leaves, typescript, printed 

“How the NAACP Began”, January, 1995 – 1 booklet, 6 pages, printed and 1 brochure, 3 pages, printed 

Membership dues envelopes – 20 envelopes, printed 

Membership Campaigns – unnumbered leaves, manuscript, typescript, printed 

Michaux, Elder Lightfoot Solomon, Last Sermon, August 28, 1968 – 6 pages, printed 

Miscellaneous Items – unnumbered leaves, manuscript, typescript, printed 

BOX 3 Minutes 1975-2001 

Minutes, 1974 – unnumbered leaves, typescript 

Minutes, 1975 – unnumbered leaves, typescript 

Minutes, 1976-1978 – unnumbered leaves, typescript 

Minutes Book, 1979-1981 (incomplete) – October 4, 1979, November 6, 1980, December 4, 1980, February 5, 1981, booklet, unnumbered leaves, manuscript 

Minutes Book, January 22, 1981 – 1 book, manuscript 

Minutes, 1980s – unnumbered leaves, typescript

 Minutes, 1994-1996 – unnumbered leaves, typescript 

Minutes, 1997-2001 – unnumbered leaves, typescript 

BOX 4 

Membership Directories, 1970s-1980s – unnumbered leaves, manuscript, typescript 

News Articles – unnumbered leaves, printed 

Newsletters, 1958; 1970s-1990s – unnumbered leaves, printed 

Public School Survey, 1976 – 27 leaves, typescript and printed 

Recruitment Poster – n.d., 1 item, printed 

Raymond Ratcliffe Foundation – unnumbered leaves, typescript 

Requests for Assistance, 1970s-1990s – unnumbered leaves, manuscript, typescript 

Request for Assistance, no date – unnumbered leaves, typescript, manuscript 

Rules and Guidelines – unnumbered leaves, typescript and printed 

Stationary – 12 leaves, printed 

BOX 5

 Treasurers Reports, 1970s – unnumbered leaves, typescript 

Treasurer Reports, 1974 – unnumbered leaves, manuscript 

“While You Were Out” Notes, n.d. – unnumbered leaves, printed and manuscript

 Winchester Housing Code, 1977 – unnumbered leaves, printed 

Plaque – Grand Feature Float Civic and Service Admiral Byrd Award, First Place, Apple Blossom Festival, 1981, Winchester, VA 

BOX 6 

Scrapbook – covering events between 1970-present 

Winchester Area Branch NAACP ball point pen – 1 item 

Folded American Flag, recipient unknown 

BOX 7 

Childs, Harano – folder contains the following:

Letter from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Harano Childs, May 21, 1956, thanking him for support of Montgomery Improvement Association, 1 leaf, mimeograph copy,

news article, “Man uncovers Dr. King letter during move” by Alison Laurio,

Winchester Star, February 20, 2015, pages C5, C6.2 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Article by John Copenhaver, Harono’s son- in-law, about Mr. Childs and the letter.

1 leaf, typescript 

“Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story”—comic book/graphic novel of Dr. Martin Luther King; 8 leaves, printed 

“Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story”—comic book/graphic novel of Dr. Martin Luther King; 8 leaves, printed, 3 scanned copies 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund of the Winchester NAACP

Program from announcement of scholarship fund, 1 leaf, printed,  

Note: letter and comic book have been scanned and framed with a photo of Harano Childs

and a short article about them. This has been hung on the first floor of Handley Library

as you enter hallway to the elevator. 

MAP CASE 1 DRAWER 16 

Charter – Winchester Area Branch, National Association for the Advancement of

Colored People, January 12, 1976