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

Adams, H. Clayton Papers, 1676 THL
SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains items from the life of H. Clayton Adams, including his work with the Winchester Jaycees during the 1950s and 1960s. Also in the collections are correspondence, awards received by Adams, a yearbook from his church, and several editions of Partyline, the newsletter of the Winchester Jaycees.
(1 box) Last updated 08/09.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Raised and educated in Tennessee, H. Clayton Adams practiced law in Winchester, VA. He was very active in local civic organizations, particularly the Winchester Jaycees.

Adams, Richard Collection, 1488 THL
This collection contains genealogical materials pertaining to the Strother, Adams, Moore, and Taylor families.
(2 boxes) Last updated 08/04.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Richard Adams lives in Winchester, VA.

Affleck, Charles Collection, 36 WFCHS
SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains a variety of items concerning the Civil War, Numismatics, Local history and businesses of Winchester-Frederick County, VA dating as far back as the early 19th Century. 
(8 boxes) Last updated 05/12.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Charles Affleck was born in Winchester, VA on May 3, 1896. After a career with General Mills in Atlanta, GA he retired to Winchester in 1951. Affleck, a noted expert on Numismatics was an active member of the Winchester- Frederick County Historical Society and was the driving force in the society obtaining the Civil War diary of Mrs. Mary Greenhow Lee. He died on September 21, 1974, and is buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

Affleck, John W. Collection, 279 THL
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The John W. Affleck Collection contains Huber family papers from Holland and Pennsylvania. Included are the original papers written in Dutch and an English translation. These papers range from letters to baptism certificate and range from 1733 to 1843.
(1 Box) Last updated 06/12. Digitized 02/07.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: John W. Affleck was a Winchester, VA resident and businessman. He was born at his family home "Bid-a-Wee" on Peyton Street in Winchester, VA on Jan. 1, 1850, to Alexander G. Affleck and Ann E. Hoover. For many years he was in the agricultural implement business with his brother Scott A. Affleck. On Dec. 26, 1883, he married Rosa Kerfoot and had five children. Affleck died on Dec. 27, 1930.

African-American Collection,  WFCHS
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The collection contains material relating to African-Americans in Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia, and Lower Shenandoah Valley from the eighteenth century to the present. It includes manuscripts, ephemera, and items found on the Internet.
(5 boxes) Last updated 3/16.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The first records of the presence of African-Americans in Winchester-Frederick County, VA dates back to the 1750s. Since that time African-Americans have played an important role in the development and history of the county.

Aitken, Helen Collection, 1129 THL
The Helen Aitken Collection contains original and photocopies of deeds to 101 N. Washington St., Winchester, VA from 1810 to 1965. Also included is a narrative history of this lot at the N.W. corner of Washington and Amherst Streets and 2 HABS blueprints showing 101 and other houses on the block. 
(1 box) Last updated 03/04.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Helen Aitken is the donor of this collection and a Winchester, VA resident.

Albin, Florence C. Collection, 1334 THL
This collection is comprised of a 2-volume scrapbook called "Historic Winchester and Vicinity," which was photographed and written by Florence C. Albin for the state edition of The Baltimore Sun, 1925-1929. 
(1 box) Last updated 04/04.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Florence C. Albin is the donor and creator of the scrapbooks in this collection.

Alpha Omega Chapter, Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Records, 1474 THL
SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection consists of histories of the chapter, awards, by-laws, and a scrapbook (1967-1968) concerning the Alpha Omega Chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha International located in Winchester, VA.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Alpha Omega Sorority is a non-collegiate sorority and is part of the national organization called Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA), which formed in 1929. The ESA was the first non-collegiate sorority in America as a “What to Read Club” for women. The organization grew to over 1,200 chapters and participates in charity events. The organization’s single purpose is to inspire leadership and service by bringing good people together to pursue programs and projects that make a positive difference locally, nationally, and internationally. The local chapter, Alpha Omega, was chartered in September 1953 with 12 members.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Winchester Branch Records, 431 WFCHS/THL
This collection is made up of books, papers, scrapbooks, and business records of the Winchester Chapter of American Association of University Women (AAUW) from its inception in1931 to the present. The goals of the organization are devoted to women’s education, wider opportunities for women, international understanding and cooperation, and the applications of the training and abilities of college women to the complex problems of modern life. Membership in the organization is open to all women holding baccalaureate or higher degrees from accredited colleges or universities. 
(1 box) Last updated 08/06.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL The national organization of American Association of Collegiate Alumnae (ACA) to promote the role of the educated woman in the predominantly male business world. There were 17 charter members. A western association of Collegiate Alumnae was established in 1883 and then joined ACA in 1889. A southern Association of college women formed in 1903 and then merged with ACA in 1921 to become AAUW. The Winchester chapter of AAUW was established in 1931 to join the state organization. There were 19 charter members. The local organization has been very active in promoting and participating in local activities concerning political life, women’s rights, social questions, higher education for women, etc.

American Diabetes Association, Winchester Area, Dr. Robert C. Green Jr. Chapter Records, 1613 THL
This collection contains newsletters, membership notes, news articles for the American Diabetes Association in the Winchester (VA) Area/ Dr. Robert C. Green Jr. Chapter Records, covering 1978 – 2005. 
(2 boxes) Last updated 11/07.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Winchester Area/ Dr. Robert C. Green Jr. Chapter board of directors named this local organization to honor Dr. Robert C. Green Jr. for his help in founding the chapter, his work to continue its growth, and his dedication to the people in the Winchester area with Diabetes. The chapter has two fundraisers each year. One is selling chairs at the Apple Blossom Parade. The second is the Walk for Diabetes.

American Legion-Conrad Hoover Post Collection, 940 WFCHS
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The American Legion, Winchester, VA Collection contains materials such as programs for shows sponsored by the American Legion from 1920 and 1927; memorabilia from a battlefield and cemetery tour of France (1927); and a scrapbook from a 1927 American Legion Convention in France all of which are associated with the Conrad-Hoover Post 21 of Winchester, VA. The collection also contains the charter for the Charles Edward Williams Jr. Post 187 which was founded by Winchester-Frederick County African-American veterans in 1947. 
(2 box) Last updated 08/09.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The American Legion first came to Virginia in April of 1919 when a committee was sent from France by the Paris Caucus. A group of ex-service men from all over Virginia were elected as a temporary state executive committee to oversee the local posts in their election of delegates to represent Virginia at the national caucus in St. Louis on May 8-10, 1919. It was at this caucus that the American Legion was launched as a national organization. 
     The Robert Y. Conrad Post of Winchester, VA was the 21st post set up in Virginia. Major Conrad was killed in World War I at the Battle of Meuse-Argonne. After World War II, the name was changed to the Conrad-Hoover Post, in honor of Charles Hoover, the first Winchester-Frederick County resident killed in action during World War II.
     The Winchester-Frederick County African-American American Legion Post was founded in January, 1947 and designated the 187th post in Virginia. The post was named in honor of PFC Charles Edward Williams Jr., the first Winchester-Frederick County African-American to be killed in action in World War II.

American Red Cross, Winchester and Frederick County, VA, Chapter 24 Collection. 1361 THL
SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains an assortment of materials from the Winchester-Frederick County, VA Red Cross, Chapter 24. The first box contains annual meeting reports from 1952 to 1984 and executive committee meetings records, 1917-1986. Box 2 contains bloodmobile visits, correspondence, and emergency programs, 1918-1979. Box 3 has activities, reports, and miscellaneous program reports. The fourth box is made up of miscellaneous materials relating to the Red Cross including issues of Red Cross News and The Red Cross Magazine. The remainder of the collection contains scrapbooks, 1921-1987, and other Red Cross paraphernalia. 
(5 boxes) Last updated 12/2009.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Winchester-Frederick County Chapter of the American Red Cross was established in 1917 and is active in the community with blood programs, first aid classes, and water safety programs.
    The International Red Cross was established in 1859 by Henry Dunant of Switzerland out of a need for more effective and humane treatment of soldiers during wartime. He called for the creation of national relief societies to assist those wounded in war, and pointed the way to the future Geneva Conventions. Clara Barton (1821-1912) dominated the early history of the American Red Cross, which was modeled after the International Red Cross. She successfully organized the American Association of the Red Cross in Washington, D.C., on May 21, 1881. Created to serve America in peace and in war, during times of disaster and national calamity, Barton's organization took its service beyond that of the International Red Cross Movement by adding disaster relief to battlefield assistance. The American Red Cross is a large, active organization today, helping with relief efforts all over the world.

Amick, Daisy Collection, 144 WFCHS
This collection contains an assortment of records from the Revolutionary War, primarily of Frederick County, VA; Hampshire and Jefferson Counties, WV; Allegheny County, MD; and Bucks County, PA, USA. Also included are genealogical materials of the Lower Shenandoah Valley, VA, personal correspondence (1937-1980), court records, cemetery lists, scrapbooks, and wills. (9 boxes) Last updated 01/07.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Daisy Dean Amick, the compiler of this collection, was a Frederick County, VA resident who lived from 1906 to 1981. She served in World War II as a Lt. Army nurse. She was an active member of the Fort Loudoun chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) in Winchester, VA.

Apple Blossom Festival Collection, 46 THL
SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection includes programs, scrapbooks, articles, extensive photographs and ephemera, 1924 to present.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is an annual event celebrating the apple blossom season and the anticipated crops for the fall harvest in the Shenandoah Valley. The festival started in 1924 and has been an annual program in Winchester, VA. The festival was not held 1942-1945 during WWII. The growth of the festival is reflected in the increasing program size and cost. Personalities from the entertainment, political, and sports worlds have played leading roles in the festivities.

Apple Capital Chorus Collection, 866 WFCHS
This collection contains programs from productions of the Apple Capital Chorus from 1984-2010.
(1 box) Last updated 11/12.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Winchester Apple Capital Chorus was founded in 1961 as the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society which was originally called the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, is a non-profit organization that began in 1938. All of the chapters in the society put on performances on a regular basis and donates all of the proceeds to charity.

Aqueduct Bridge Duty Roster, 1352 THL
This collection is comprised of the duty roster for December 9, 1863 to June 6, 1864 for guards on the Aqueduct Bridge at the north end (Georgetown?). The detachments for this duty include the 9th Regiment (VRC), District of Alexandria, 19th Regiment (VRC) Co. A, and 22nd Regiment (VRC)—unit of the 4th Brigade, Military District of Kentucky, Co. G. The roster also details the watches of the day, who was on them, how long they lasted, and who was in command.
(1 box) Last updated 04/04.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Aqueduct Bridge was designed by Major William Turnbull, built of wood with stone pilings, and completed in 1843. It was built to transport cargo-carrying boats on the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal in Georgetown across the Potomac River to what is now Virginia. The aqueduct brought water in from a reservoir in Maryland, through Georgetown, and into Washington, DC. During the Civil War, the aqueduct was drained and a roadway was built on it for Union troops. Later, the boat channel was restored to the bridge and the roadway was placed over the channel. In 1923, the bridge was closed when Francis Scott Key Bridge was built about a hundred feet east (downstream). In 1962, seven of the eight remaining pilings from the Aqueduct Bridge were removed.

Armed Forces Collection, 570 THL
This collection is comprised of service records and photographs of men and women from the Winchester, VA area who served in the Armed Forces during peacetime. .
(1 box) Last updated 12/13.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The United States Armed Forces are comprised of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.

Armel, John Papers, 1354 WFCHS (MMF)
This collection contains the letters written by Private John F. Armel, Company K, 107th Pennsylvania Infantry, to his wife from December 4, 1864-March 1, 1865. Private Armel was serving at Petersburg in late 1864 and early 1865.
(1 folder)Last updated 02/13.

Autograph Album Collection, 1740 WFCHS
SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains the autograph albums collected and maintained by various individuals. Within each album are handwritten notes and pleasantries from family members, friends, colleagues and acquaintances.  
(1 box) Last Updated 12/15
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Autograph albums were a common keepsake for people in the 19th and 20th centuries as it was a way to collect notes and thoughtful passages of loved ones.