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

Adam Cuningham letter to William Cuningham, 1736 March 23

Letter of Adam Cuningham, Newcastle upon Tyne, to his father William, in Edinburgh, March 23, 1736. In this letter, Cuningham requested a meeting with…see more

Adam Cuningham letter to William Cuningham, 1730 May 24

Letter of Adam Cuningham, Bristol mines, to his father William, in Edinburgh, May 24, 1730. Cuningham wrote to his father detailing his struggles in…see more

Adam Cuningham letter to William Cuningham, 1729 August 2

Letter of Adam Cuningham, King George County, Virginia, to his father William, in Scotland, August 2, 1729. Concerning his decision to leave…see more

Adam Cuningham journal, 1728 May 5-October 28

The journal of Adam Cuningham records his voyage to Virginia from Scotland, April 4-October 21, 1728. Cuningham recounts the many adventures of the…see more

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