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

Fort Magruder, Williamsburgh, Va.

This photo captures several men sitting atop redoubts as they contemplate the events that took place not so long ago at the site of Fort Magruder, the…see more

John Hall militia commission, 1783 January 21

Governor Benjamin Harrison signed militia commission, dated January 21, 1783, appointing John Hall 1st Lieutenant in the Pittsylvania County militia.see more

Deed of emancipation of Sall Black, 1791 March 31

Deed of emancipation for Sall Black dated March 31, 1791. By this deed, Benjamin Butterworth recorded his intention to free his young female slave…see more

Deed of emancipation of Josiah Cathon's slaves, 1793 February 2

Deed of emancipation for the slaves of Josiah West Cathon of Southampton County, Virginia dated February 2, 1793. By this deed, Cathon freed 5 slaves,…see more

Old Court House, Williamsburgh, Va.

A prominent colonial building still standing in Williamsburg in 1875, the Courthouse had played a more recent role in the Civil War as a hospital and…see more