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NAACP, Winchester Area Branch, Records, 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. 

Nassour, Ellis Collection, 1357 THL
This collection contains material acquired by Ellis Nassour in writing Honky Tonk Angel, an Intimate Biography of Patsy Cline. Included are transcripts of oral history interviews and five items of correspondence from Patsy Cline.
(1 box) Last updated 05/04.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Ellis Nassour was born on October 25, 1941 in Vicksburg, MS. He is based in New York City and is an entertainment journalist who has written for The New York Times, Theatre Week, and Broadway. In addition to his book, Honky Tonk Angel, he is also the author of the rock opera, The Creation of Jesus Christ Superstar (Hawthorn/Dutton, 1993) and Patsy Cline: An Intimate Biography *Tower Books, 1981). He is author and lyricist of Patsy—Honky Tonk Angel, a 2-act biographical musical based on the book.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Chapter 180 Records, 422 THL
This collection contains the constitution, by-laws, history, membership directory (1991), news clippings, scrapbook (1986-87) and charter (1967). Programs from 1997 for the Virginia Federation, 43rd Annual Convention (videotape included) and the Virginia Federation Memorial Service are included in this collection. (1 box) Last updated 02/13.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Formally known as the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) was founded in 1921 by fourteen Federal government retirees to improve the status of retired Federal employees, particularly in the areas of health care and retirement benefits.

National Cemetery Collection, 1502 THL
This collection contains the deed for Winchester, VA’s National Cemetery along with a brochure, news clippings, and other materials relating to the cemetery. Also included is a record of interments.
(1 box) Last updated 04/2008.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The National Cemetery, located in Winchester, VA, was dedicated in 1866. Its five acres contain the graves of 4491 Union dead and 2381 unknown dead. The cemetery grounds contain special monuments set up by Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, memorials to the 6th Army Corps, the regimental monuments of the 3rd and 34th Massachusetts, the 12th, 13th, and 18th Connecticut, the 114th New York, the 123rd Ohio, and the 8th Vermont. See which is listed in Internet Explorer Favorites on computers in the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Reading Room.

National Fruit Product Company Collection, 44 WFCHS
This collection contains articles, newsletters, advertisements, and a brief history of the National Fruit Product Company.
(1 box) Last updated 06/12.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Founded in 1908 in Alexandria, VA, National Fruit Product Company moved to Winchester, VA in 1915 to be closer to an apple producing area. The company, operated by the Armstrong Family until 2006 when it was sold to the Gum family, has grown to become of the largest producers of apple related products in the world producing 12 different varieties of fruit products in six plants throughout the United States. The company’s headquarters are still in Winchester, Va.

National Railway Historical Society, Winchester Chapter Collection, 1096 THL
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) Collection contains back issues of their newsletter “High Iron” dating from 1984 to 1996. The newsletter updates the group’s activities and members. Also included is a brief sketch of the NRHS. (1 box) Last updated 12/15.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The National Railway Historical Society was formed by a group of railroad enthusiasts on August 18, 1935. This group is made up of the Lancaster, PA Railway and Locomotive Historical Society and the Interstate Trolley Club of New Jersey who joined together on October 13, 1935. Its main purpose is to research, record, and publish rail histories, preserve and restore equipment, and operate field trips over railroad and trolley lines. Model railroading is also a part of the organization’s outreach. There are over 21,000 members. On April 1967, Winchester, VA was granted a charter and began holding meetings in Boyce Station, Boyce, VA.

Neville, Gabriel; Beam & Neville Records, 402 WFCHS
SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection incorporates account books of three origins - Gabriel Neville (1807[?]-1864), Beam & Neville (1865-1866); and P. G. Neville (1866-1900), all blacksmiths of Warren County (Ninevah), Virginia. (1 box) Last updated 01/12.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Gabriel Neville was a blacksmith in Ninevah, Virginia, a small hamlet in Warren County just a few miles north of Front Royal. After his death, his two sons, both Civil War veterans, operated the shop until their deaths.

Neville, Irvin Collection, 974 WFCHS
This collection contains materials from the years Irvin Neville served in WWI in the 80th Division. Includes photographs, papers, and various other items. (1 box) Last updated 12/03.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Mr. Neville was born in Mount Storm, Grant County, WV on July 31, 1895. He enlisted on September 17, 1917, and was discharged from Camp Lee, Virginia. After WWI, he worked in Clarke County, VA. Irvin Neville died on March 31, 1975 and was buried at Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, VA.

New School Colored Baptist Records, 550 THL
SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains the deed to the New School Colored Baptist Church, dated June 20, 1890 and located on the west side of Kent Street, Winchester, VA. Last updated 01/19/2011.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The New School Colored Baptist Church received their lot on June 20, 1890, and was located on the west side of Kent Street.

Noonen Livery Records, 1253 WFCHS
This collection is comprised of military records from the National Archives for Lieutenant Colonel. George E. Biles, receipts and disbursements of Noonen Livery (1866-1868); and pages copied from published books pertaining to the units mentioned in the Noonen Livery receipt book. Also in the collection are a series of orders issued by General Cuvier Grover on the use of contraband (African-Americans) within his command, and the restrictions placed on African-American troops within his command during the Siege of Port Hudson, LA. (1 box) Last updated 11/10.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: General Cuvier Grover, besides being involved in the Siege of Port Hudson, LA, served with the Union army during the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign and was present at the Battles of Third Winchester, Fishers Hill, and Cedar Creek. He was wounded at the Battle of Cedar Creek. He died on June 6, 1885, and is buried at the West Point Cemetery. Biles was the commander of the 17th U. S. Infantry Regiment (renamed the 88th U. S. Colored Troops on April 4, 1864), which was assigned to the Right Wing of the Union army at the Siege of Port Hudson, LA.

North End Citizens Association, 1645 THL
This collection contains minutes, news clippings, and correspondence from the North End Citizens Association, an organization founded to advance the restoration and development of the North End section of Winchester, VA. (2 Boxes) Last updated 03/14.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The North End Citizens Association was founded in late 1990’s to aid in the restoration of the North End of Winchester, VA. In the late 20th Century, the area was faced with deteriorating conditions, and an increase in crime. The advocacy group has promoted such projects as an improvement in street lighting, affordable housing, better representation in local government, and the opening of the Douglas Community Learning Center at the former Douglas School on North Kent St.

Nulton, Louis M. Collection, 874 THL WFCHS
This collection contains Nulton family genealogical material and memorabilia from Louis Nulton’s distinguished naval career.
(1 box) Last updated 3/2012.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Admiral Louis McCoy Nulton was born in Winchester, VA, USA, on August 8, 1869, the son of Col. Joseph A. Nulton and Anna Virginia Clark. At age 16, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. On Sept. 5, 1895, he married Minnie Clark Evans. They had two daughters. Nulton served in the U.S. Navy for 48 years, rising to full rank of Admiral in 1929. His excellent performance earned him many assignments in the international arena. He was praised by President Herbert Hoover in a letter for "attain[ing] the highest merit in battle efficiency of any division of its class" when Nulton served in 1929 as Commander of the U.S. Navy Battleship force in the Pacific. For this, he earned the rank of Admiral. After retirement, he and his wife lived in Winchester from 1933 to 1946. Admiral Nulton died November 11, 1954, and was buried in the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery at Annapolis.

Nuri, Ismet Family Collection, 363 WFCHS
The Ismet Nuri Family Collection contains pedigree and descendancy charts for several families, which were researched by Ismail Nuri.
(1 Box) Last updated 02/07.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Ismet Nuri was born on May 16, 1940, to Ismail Osman Nuri and Alma Booze Carpenter in Winchester, VA.