This collection covers the Greater Williamsburg Area, including Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, James City County, York County and other nearby communities. It includes gifts and purchases whose contents are ephemeral in nature and not well-suited as stand-alone collections. The items are usually transient documents of everyday life and can include menus, flyers, advertisements, and programs but can also be postcards, games, ticket stubs, and the like.
The majority of materials in Series 2 have been collected and contributed by the Williamsburg Historic Records Association (WHRA). New items will be added on an ongoing basis. For this reason, the indicated date range is approximate at this point.
Most tourist related ephemera is filed under Series 2, Area Attractions. The remainder of the ephemera relates to the activities, government and life of the local residents of the Williamsburg area.
Some of the 20th century ephemera was accessioned as gifts from The Williamsburg Press (owner Bill Royal) and the Virginia Gazette but are filed by subject.
Most accessions are gifts via the Williamsburg Historical Records Association. Includes Acc. 1995.52, 1996.37, 1996.10; 1996.26;1996.28; 1998.43; 1999.02; 1999.13; 1999.25; 2000.25;2001.25; 2002.20; 2003.19; 2003.24; 2003.30; 2003.33; 2003.62; 2004.21; 2004.28; 2005.08; 2005.09; 2005.43 2006.20; 2006.83; 2007.07; Acc. 2007.08; 2007.95; 2008.01; 2008.09; 2008.40; 2008.65; 2009.112; 2009.014; 2009.12;0 2009.009 and 2009.330.
For information on accession received after May 2009, please consult a staff member.
Ephemera and, more generally, printed materials donated through the WHRA are accessible through this Ephemera Collection. Other organizational records and personal papers donated by or through the WHRA are described in separate catalog records with WHRA as added creator. Furthermore, all WHRA records will have at least one subject heading 'Williamsburg (Va.)--History--[century] to facilitate access.
Related Collections include: Mss. 2006.47 Williamsburg Historic Records Association Organizational Records; Virginia Cities Williamsburg (Mss. 39.4 V82ci); Virginia Counties James City, York County(Mss. 39.4 V82) and S. F. (Bill) Royall, Jr. Papers (Mss. Acc. 1989.02).