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Winifred Barbour Simpson Papers

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Simpson (Winifred Barbour) Papers

Winifred Barbour Simpson papers

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Simpson, Winifred Barbour, 1913-2003
Winifred Barbour Simpson papers
Date [inclusive]
15.0 Linear inches
Collection is a small assortment of papers and scrapbooks produced by Winifred Barbour Simpson, from 1931 to 1984. The most notable items in the collection are her scrapbooks (which mostly concern her attendance of Charlotte Technical High School) and the papers that she and her (future) husband produced during WWII.

Preferred Citation note

Winifred Barbour Simpson Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

According to her obituary, Winifred Whitlock Barbour Simpson was born to Leslie Larkin and Mary Ella Thompson Barbour on January 10, 1913. She and her family were members of the Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, and Winifred later joined St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Charlotte. Winifred graudated from Charlotte Technical High School, in Charlotte, NC, in the spring of 1932.

During World War II she was employed with the federal government in Washington, DC. While there, she wrote poetry to support the war effort. Winifred was dating Leonard W. Simpson by the time the war started and the two correspondended reguarly throughout the war. A notable part of Simpson's collection is a series of V-mail letters (19 items) that she wrote to Leonard. Winifred had some artistic ability and several of her V-mail letters are embellished with her drawings--a very rare thing for V-mail.

After the war, she returned to Charlotte, and worked at the Circulation Desk at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library. She retired in 1978.

Simpson married Leonard Walker Simpson, but apprently had no children. She died on Thursday, April 24, 2003.

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Scope and Contents note

The Winifred Barbour Simpson papers mostly contains materials that she produced and scrapbooks that she compiled in the 1930s and 1940s. Other materials found in this collection were produced or collected by Leonard W. Simpson (Winifred's future husband) during his service in the US Army, from 1943 to 1945.

Winifred compiled two of her three scrapbooks while matriculating through Charlotte Technical High School in the early 1930s. These scrapbooks reveal that she was an active and popular student. She also had some creative ability, as she also composed poetry and drew pictures. Most of her poetry is found in the last her three scrapbooks--which she kept while working for the war effort in Washington, DC.

Winifred began dating Leonard W. Simpson in the early 1940s, and the two corresponded regularly during his years in the military. She used V-mail to correspond with Leonard (he normall responded with post cards), and many of her V-mail letters feature not only her writing, but also her art work--a very rare thing. Some of her V-mail drawings include self-portraits, or portraits of Leonard.

Other papers, and some of the photographs in the collection indicate that Winifred was a member of the Episcopal Church in Charlotte and she seems to have been an active member.

The collection also includes a small, but significant series of materials that Leonard Simpson compiled or collected during WWII, including his induction notification, USO handbook for soldiers, the US Army songbook, a form letter from President Roosevelt (reminding service personnel of their duty toward advancing democracy), and other military materials. The collection also contains the post cards that Simpson wrote to Winifred during the war. The accumulation of these materials makes this collection an excellent primary source for World War II history and its impact on the American civilian population.

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Arrangement note

The collection is divided into three series: Series I) the papers and scrapbooks of Winifred Barbour Simpson; Series II) the papers of Leonard W. Simpson; Series III) Photographs.

The materials within each series are arranged in a pre-dominantly chronological fashion.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte August 2011

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The UNC Charlotte Special Collections acquired the Winifred Barbour Simpson papers in two separate accessions from Stew Lillard in May of 2003.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, August 2011.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Charlotte Technical High School (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Charlotte Technical High School (Charlotte, N.C.) -- Photographs
  • Saratoga (Aircraft carrier : CVA-60) -- Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Social life and customs--20th century

Personal Name(s)

  • Selby, Forest, 1884-1969 -- Collectibles
  • Simpson, Leonard Walker, 1914-1994 -- Collectibles
  • Simpson, Winifred Barbour, 1913-2003 -- Collectibles


  • High school girls--North Carolina--Charlotte--Social life and customs--20th century
  • High school principals--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • World War, 1939-1945--Collectibles

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Collection Inventory

Winifred Barbour Simpson

Box Folder

Scrapbook - "Assorted Chocolates" 1931-1932 1.0 Items

1 1

Scrapbook - "Assorted Chocolates" - loose papers 1931-1932 7.0 Items

1 2

Scrapbook - "Student Days" 1932 1.0 Items

1 3

Scrapbook - "Student Days" - Loose papers 1932 10.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

The papers in this file were found in WBS's scrapbook "Student Days" but were unattached to any of the pages.

1 4

Scrapbook - "Poems" 1.0 Items

1 5

Scrapbook - "Poems" - Loose papers 12.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

The papers in this file were found in WBS's scrapbook "Poems" but were unattached to any of the pages.

1 6

V-Mail sent to Leonard W. Simpson 1944-1945, undated 19.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

Winifred Barbour sent several V-mail letters to her then boyfriend (later husband) Leonard Simpson during his years in the Army, during WWII. Many of these letters include Winifred's artwork drawn on the letters, in addition to her written letters.

1 7

War Ration Book One 1942 1.0 Items

1 8

Retirement Records 1945 3.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

Contrary to the title of the file, this is actually the title of the newsletter of the Civilian Retirement Branch of the A.G.O. This file contains two issues from 9 May 1945 and one from 28 September 1945.

1 9

Down Library Lane 1960-1961 3.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

The file contains two issues dated April-May 1960, and one dated April-May 1961.

1 10

Miscellaneous 1947-1984 6.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

Postcard (1947) written mostly in French. Letter from Francis O. Clarkson to WBS concerning the death of her mother (1968). Charlotte Oberver clipping (11/3/1984) concerning St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Page 3 from an unidentified newsletter. "from the mailbox" (probably a page from a newsletter). Gossip 'n stuff (probably a page from a newsletter).

1 11

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Leonard W. Simpson

Box Folder

WWII Service records 9.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

Morris Code (Morris Field Sub Depot newsletter), Order to Report for Induction for L.W. Simpson, "USO Information for Service Men," Army Song Book, Form letter from President F.D. Roosevelt, Cartoon "Private Simpson" (may have been drawn by Winifred Barbour), A Prayer for all Soldiers, Certificate for captured enemy equipment (2 December 1945), Certificate for captured enemy equipment (5 December 1945)

1 11

Correspondence - Postcards sent to Winifred Barbour 1943-1945 8.0 Items

1 12

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Box Folder item

Tech High Class of '32 1932 1.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

The photo has been damaged. This photo was used in a newspaper clipping that appears in Simpson's scrapbook "Student Days"" which is in better condition.

P46 10 P332/1

School children in front of a school circa 1932 1.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

(unidentified, but probably Technical High School)

P46 10 P332/2

Mr. Forest T. Selby, principal of Charlotte Technical High School circa 1940 1.0 Items

P46 10 P332/3

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church circa 1932

Scope and Contents note

Photo shows a boy standing next to the sign for the church

P46 10 P332/4

The priest of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. circa 1932

P46 10 P332/5

The choir of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church circa 1932 3.0 Items

P46 10 P332/6-8

Group photo of Winifred Barbour Simpson, Miss Pauline Williams and Vera C. Barbour, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 1924 June 1 1.0 Items

P46 10 P332/9

Naval photograph of the USS Saratoga, accompanied by an unidentified support ship. circa 1970 1.0 Items

P46 10 P332/10

Photo of an airplane taking off from the deck of an air craft carrier (probably the USS Saratoga). circa 1970

P46 10 P332/11

Photo of the flight deck of the USS Saratoga circa 1970 1.0 Items

P46 10 P332/12

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