Shenandoah Valley Academy Records

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

121 THL/WFCHS

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Shenandoah Valley Academy Collection contains catalogs, yearbooks, printed materials, and photographs of cadets, activities, and the physical plant. (3 boxes) 09/2016.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Shenandoah Valley Academy, a preparatory school for young men, succeeded the Winchester Academy, one of the oldest boys’ schools in the U.S., which was chartered by the Burgesses of Virginia in 1785. The Winchester Academy closed in 1861 with students and faculty alike joining the Confederate forces. In 1865, after reorganization, the trustees changed the name to the Shenandoah Valley Academy. It operated at various locations in Winchester until 1939 when it closed for financial reasons. The trustees sold part of the property to pay obligations and deeded the rest to the Frederick County School Board.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Quarles, Garland R. The schools of Winchester, Virginia, Winchester, Virginia: Farmers and Merchants National Bank, 1964.

CITE AS: Shenandoah Valley Academy Records, 121 THL/WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

ORGANIZATION:

BOX 1

Catalogs, 6 items, printed
1869
1870
1879-1880
1882-1883
1884-1885
1894
1895-1896

Catalogs, 4 items, printed
1907-1908
1909-1910
1918-1919
1920-1921
1921-1922

Catalog, 1937-1938, 2 items, printed

Commencement Exercises Invitation, June 7, 1912, 1 invitation, 1 envelope, 1 card for Mr. William Craighill Perry, printed; June 5, 1914, 1 invitation, 1 envelope, 1 commencement program

The Chevron (cadet publication), 9 items, printed
1912 – November, December
1913 – January, February, March, April, May
1926 – June
1929 -- December
1931 – January

Correspondence, 1 leaf, manuscript, 4 leaves, typescript; 4 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Deeds, 3 items, manuscript (photocopy): includes the following:
November 13, 1894 – Albert and Annie Somerville to Richard A. Robinson, 2 leaves
January 1, 1895 – Richard A. Robinson to [trustees] Henry Stephenson, Albert Baker, William P. McGuire, E. Holmes Boyd, and John J. Williams to J. B. Lovett, 5 leaves
December 30, 1907 - [trustees] E. Holmes Boyd, W. P. McGuire, R. Gray Williams, H. D. Fuller, and A. M. Baker to B. M. Roszel, 5 leaves

News clippings, 4 leaves, printed (photocopy)

"Principles of Action," by Lt. Col. B. M. Roszel, article in The Quartermaster Review, Volume 4, No. 2, September-October 1924, 1 item, printed

Radio script, 1930, 5 leaves, typescript/manuscript

Roszel, Mrs. Brantz Mayer - birthday greetings, September 18, 1953, 1 leaf, typescript

Scrapbook pages—2 leaves, original photographs glued to paper, identified photos also included on Past Perfect

Sigma Rho Delta Literary Society celebration - invitation, May 29, 1907, 1 item, printed

"University and College Record for Session 1902-'03 of Boys Trained at the Shenandoah Valley Academy, Winchester, Virginia," 1 item, printed

BOX 2

Report cards of students, 1908-1936, unnumbered items, manuscript on printed form

BOX 3

Account book, 1866-1874

Account book, 1870, 1 item, 20 pages, manuscript

Invoices – includes the following:                                                                                      

  • Horace P. McKee, April 19, 1926

Album of Shenandoah Valley student autographs, 1880 – belonged to William L. Clark, Jr.

Insignia for hat, 2 items, brass

YEARBOOK COLLECTION

Yearbooks, The Sentry, 9 items, printed
1915
1917
1915-1918, 1 volume
1918, 2 copies
1919, 2 copies
1920, 2 copies

"Catalogue and Prospectus," 3 items, printed
1908-1921
1921-1929
1929-1934

MAPCASE 1, DRAWER 11
Sheet music – "SVA Cadet March," by Henry F. Seal, 1908, 1 item, 3 pages, printed