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

Barber and Peruke Maker's Shop, Williamsburg, Virginia

Postcard featuring a costumed interpreter smoking a pipe outside the Prentis Store when it housed the Barber and Peruke Maker's Shop, published by…see more

Wigmaker's Shop, Williamsburg, Virginia

Postcard featuring a view of the interior of the King's Arms Barber Shop with the wigmaker at work, published by H.S. Crocker Co., Inc. for Colonial…see more

King's Arms Tavern

Postcard depicting the interior of King's Arms Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia, published by Colonial Williamsburg, Inc., ca. 1950s.

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Old Masonic Hall

Postcard depicting wooden Masonic Hall that stood on the site of today's current brick Masonic Lodge on Francis Street, Williamsburg, Virginia. The…see more

The Colonial Capitol of Virginia, Williamsburg, Virginia

Postcard depicting a horse-drawn carriage passing by the reconstructed Capitol at Colonial Williamsburg, produced by The Albertype Company, Brooklyn,…see more