Colonial Williamsburg Research Division Web Site


The online manuscripts include transcripts and images of selected historical documents from seven of the Foundation’s collections: the Blathwayt Papers; the Governor’s Land Papers; the Humphrey Harwood Account Book; the Francis Nicholson Papers; the Prentis Papers; the Peyton Randolph Papers; and the Spotswood Papers.

Blathwayt Papers
Official papers of William Blathwayt (1649-1717).
Governor’s Palace Land Papers
Letters, deeds, and miscellaneous legal papers regarding sale of certain parts of the land formerly attached to the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, Va.
Humphrey Harwood Account Book
Account book of Humphrey Harwood (d. 1788), brickmaker and builder in Williamsburg, Va.
Francis Nicholson Papers
Letters and papers of Francis Nicholson (1660-1728).
Prentis Papers
Ledger of accounts receivable of the Prentis Store dating from about 1778.
Peyton Randolph Papers
Letters of Peyton Randolph (1778-1826) to his wife, Maria Ward Randolph (1784-1826), with some letters from Maria Randolph and others.
Spotswood Papers
Personal correspondence of Alexander Spotswood (1676-1740).