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Family & Local History
Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Library
Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room, located in Handley Library

Note:  Archives hours are different from library hours.  See Directory.

Where do I start?
Follow the links below for researching tips at the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives in the Handley Regional Library. 

How to contact us:

What we have in Archives:

  • Online photographs Check frequently; more being added weekly.

  • Extensive collection of materials on the people, places and events of the Lower Shenandoah Valley from 1732 to the present. The focus of the collection is Winchester and Frederick County.

  • Over 4000 published books: abstracts of county court records, county histories, genealogies, regimental histories, and studies of battles from the French and Indian War to the Civil War.

  • Newspapers from 1787 to the present, (incomplete).  Some titles have been microfilmed; however none are indexed.

  • Census collection with all available United States Census records for the Lower Shenandoah Valley from 1790 to 1930.

  • Over 600 linear feet of manuscripts and ephemera, maps, photographs, and oral history tapes.

  • Manuscript collections and published books appear in the library’s online catalog.

The Archives Room is jointly operated by the Handley Regional Library and Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society.  

Need a library card?  Here's how to apply for one, and you can even do it online.

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041, ext. 17;   fax (540) 722-4769

Other Links:
Winchester Frederick County Historical Society   
Winchester Frederick County Historical Society blog

Genealogy Roundtable Activities
Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society
Some Virginia Treasures in the Library of Congress
Virginia Gazette (early Virginia newspaper) through Colonial Williamsburg
Virginia Heritage  Guide to Manuscript & Archival Collections in Virginia
City and county records in the Library of Virginia
Photos from the Archives' 30th Anniversary Party, Nov. 2009 (on library's Facebook page)
New book
Burials of Grace Lutheran and German Reformed Churches within Mount Hebron Cemetery of Winchester, Virginia
Visit Winchester, VA

Preservation of Historic Winchester


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