The John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library's collections encompass more than 10,000 rare books, 50,000 manuscripts and 100,000 images. The collections document the history and culture of colonial British America, the American Revolution and the early national period. Materials created by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation staff document the restoration of Williamsburg in the first half of the twentieth century. A growing sample of collections is available here.

Recent Items

Mrs. Lucy Y. Gray's pupils, 1818

A roster of pupils attending the Tappahannock Seminary on the Rappahannock River. The school was originally founded by Lucy Yates Wellford Gray in…see more

Regulations to be observed by the pupils of the Tappahannock Female Seminary

A list of rules to be followed by the students attending the Tappahannock Seminary on the Rappahannock River founded by Lucy Yates Wellford Gray in…see more

Carte de visite of Lucy Yates Wellford Gray

Carte de visite supposed to depict Lucy Wellford Yates Gray, founder and principal of the Tappahannock Seminary on the Rappahannock River. see more

John Page letter to Richard Caswell, 1777 September 26

Virginia's Lt. Governor John Page writes to North Carolina Governor Richard Caswell concerning British naval operations in the region. The British had…see more

George Givens militia commission, 1776 May 14

George Givens was born in Orange County, Virginia in 1740. At some point, he moved his family to Botetourt County. He had served as a lieutenant in…see more