The Library develops indexes, databases, and finding aids; scans full text
primary source documents, subscribes to commercial databases and selects free
Internet resources relevant to the academic and professional studies of eighteenth-century
British America and the Early American Republic. These sources encompass text
and images pertaining to the social life, architecture, language, politics,
trades, decorative and performing arts, and literature of the times.
Finding aids are collections of references and indices for specific collections
at Colonial Williamsburg. They are available in a variety of formats (html,
pdf and database) and include such topics as the Colonial Williamsburg Publications
Indexes, Genealogical Resources Guides, Photographic Collection Guides and
Picture Indexes and Special Collections Guides.
Designed by Colonial Williamsburg staff, these databases provide access
to favorite reference sources.
Internet finding aids compiled by our library staff. Each topic page has
links to a wealth of resources on the Web.
A list of resources to assist genealogical research. These include some
of library's finding aids, links to websites outside the Colonial Williamsburg
Foundation and a contact form to request help from one of our librarians.
A list of resources helpful for school projects. These include some of library's
finding aids, links to websites outside the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
and a contact form to request help from one of our librarians.
This list of professional resources includes links to websites outside the
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. An
alphabetical list and topical lists are available.
the Library Catalog
- Type in a keyword, subject, author or call number, choose the appropriate
search from a dropdown menu and click “Find”. The results will
include not only Rockefeller’s holdings, but also the holdings of the William
and Mary libraries. To find what is at Rockefeller, refine the search using
menu choices on the results screen.
- Search Other Libraries Using WorldCat
- WorldCat (www.worldcat.org),
a service of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), is the largest library
network in the world. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access
to their free resources on the Web, where most people start their search for
information. Type your search term into the box on the right for an instant
link to WorldCat.
- The Periodical Finder
- This growing list of periodicals to which Colonial Williamsburg researchers
have access to, both online and on paper.
- The Digital Library
- The Digital Library is a selection of primary sources and original research
held by the Library. It contains more than 500 research reports, scanned images
and encoded texts numbering several thousand manuscript pages.
- The Virginia Gazette, 1736-1780
- One of the Library's most important digital collections is the full collection
of the Virginia Gazettes published in eighteenth-century Williamsburg.
More than 8,000 digital images are available. If you know the issue you want
to see, select the Browse option below: otherwise, you may
Search the 1,300-page index to the Virginia Gazette
produced by Lester J. Cappon and Stella F. Duff in 1950 for the Institute
for Early American History and Culture.
Projects using the Virginia Gazette
in the 1770's
in the Virginia Gazette focuses on advertisements placed by
and for tradespeople in the Virginia Gazette and includes advertisements
from these years: 1736, 1737, 1740, 1745, 1746, 1754, 1755, 1756, 1757,
1766, 1768, 1769, 1771, 1776, 1777, 1779, and 1780.
- Subscription Database Links
- The Database Links in the dropdown box below include links to subscription
databases that are available to Colonial Williamsburg
users only. Read descriptions of these databases and contact the Reference Desk
for more information.