Kate McVicar Collection

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

Kate McVicar Collection, 1018 THL

Scope and Content: This collection was kept by Kate McVicar of Winchester, VA, and contains five large scrapbooks filled with newspaper articles and pictures, along with other short, published articles from a variety of sources. The subjects covered are heavily in the liberal arts fields, and the articles she wrote often include the history and her opinions of local historical events.
(4 boxes) Last updated 06/13.

Biographical/Historical: Mary Katherine McVicar (Kate) was born in Winchester, VA, in 1843 to John McVicar and Catherine Thatcher. Kate McVicar spent her life writing for The Winchester Journal and then for The Winchester Times, both newspapers of Winchester, VA, under the name "Nemo." She was widely read as her articles pertained to historical accounts and general criticism. With the establishment of The Winchester Evening Star, she had a weekly column and continued to write for them for 24 years. Kate McVicar never married. She died on February 12, 1920, and was buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, VA.

Cite As: Kate McVicar Collection, 1018 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Organization:

Note: These scrapbooks, in hard-backed ledger books, primarily contain articles by Kate McVicar ("Nemo"), published in The Winchester Star, c. 1890s-1920.

Box 1

Scrapbook, indexed, n.d.

Scrapbook, 1908, inscribed to Harry F. Byrd

Box 2

Scrapbook, 1908, inscribed to Bessie Stine McCann

Box 3

Scrapbook, 1912, inscribed to John W. Barr

Scrapbook, 1914(?), dedicated to Judge Handley?s generous deed

Box 4

Autograph Book ? Contains poem and sentiments to Kate McVicar from friends and soldiers during the Civil War, 16 pages, printed and manuscript

Scrapbook, indexed, 1919, inscribed with poem "Rest in Peace" for Robert Y. Conrad

"Echoes of the War," index and copies of articles, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy); 24 leaves, printed (photocopy); "Echoes of the War," articles by Kate McVicar ("Vale") in The Winchester Evening Star, March 12-May 29, 1901

"Winchester, Virginia" by Kate McVicar, Book of the Royal Blue, Volume 7. Number 2, November, 1903, article on pages 8-11, 1 item, printed

Burial instructions for Kate McVicar, written by her, 1919, 2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)