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

Hair waving

A beautician demonstrating finger waving at Bertie’s Beauty Salon, Lightfoot, Va., circa 1950s. (Is this the same as Bertie Herndon's Beauty Parlor,…see more

Dental clinic

Dr. Frederick Peagler working on a patient, Carrie Norcum, at a dental clinic at Bruton Heights School, circa 1950s.see more

West End Valet Dry Cleaning Shop

West End Valet Dry Cleaning Shop, Prince George St., Williamsburg, Va., ca. 1950s. Owner Charlie Gary and Inelle Hawkins in foreground, James Cumber…see more

Clarence Webb's Grocery

Clarence Webb inside his grocery, Prince George Street, Williamsburg, Va., circa late 1940s-1950s.see more

Ernest Wallace Hillside Café, or Wallace and Cook's Beer Garden

Ernest Wallace Hillside Café, also known as Wallace and Cook's Beer Garden, located on Raleigh Lane between Franklin and Nicholson Streets,…see more