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Williamsburg (Va.) Area Ephemera Collection, 1858-2015

Williamsburg (Va.) Area Ephemera Collection, 1858-2015
Mss. 1.09
14.6 Linear Feet
Scope and Contents

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.

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Series 1 is a single collection of postcards, ephemera, and research.  In Series 2, the ephemera is divided into subjects, and in Series 3, the ephemera is divided into genre.
Special Collections Research Center
Agricultural exhibitions--Virginia--Williamsburg
Agriculture--Virginia--History--19th century
Baptist Church--Virginia--History
Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg, Va.)
Busch Gardens (Williamsburg, Va.)
Charles City County (Va.)--History--20th century
College of William and Mary--Presidents
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation--History
Education--Virginia--Williamsburg--19th century
Educational and Civic Association (Williamsburg, Va.)
Isle of Wight County (Va.)--History--20th century
Jamestown (Va.)--History--20th century
Jamestown Festival (1957)
Land use--Virginia--Williamsburg
Mathews, Mary
Matthew Whaley School (Williamsburg, Va.)
Methodist Church--Virginia--Williamsburg
Middle Plantation Agricultural Society (Williamsburg, Va.)
Miller, Shirley Fout
Miss Williamsburg Pageant (Va.)
Mt. Ararat Baptist Church (Williamsburg, Va.)
Occasion for the Arts
Peninsula News (Toano, Va.)
Peninsula Transit Corporation
Public libraries--Cultural programs
Pulaski Club (Williamsburg, Va.)
Smithfield (Va.)--History--20th century
The Palace (Williamsburg, Va.)
The Virginia Comedians
Unitarian Church (Williamsburg, Va.)
United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association. Chapter #609 (Williamsburg, Va.)
Virginia--Politics and Government--19th century
Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg, Va.)
Virginia Independence Bicentennial Commission
Virginia Shakespeare Festival
Williamsburg (Va.)--Civic league
Williamsburg (Va.)--History--18th century
Williamsburg (Va.)--History--20th century
Williamsburg (Va.)--History--21st century
Williamsburg (Va.)--History--Drama
Williamsburg (Va.)--Library
Williamsburg (Va.)--Maps
Williamsburg (Va.)--Newspapers
Williamsburg (Va.)--Photographs
Williamsburg (Va.)--Post Office
Williamsburg (Va.)--Restoration
Williamsburg (Va.)--Social life and customs
Williamsburg (Va.). 300th Anniversary Commission
Williamsburg Baptist Church (Williamsburg, Va.)
Williamsburg Businessmen's Association (Va.)
Williamsburg Community Council  (Williamsburg, Va.)
Williamsburg Community Music Festival
Williamsburg High School (Williamsburg, Va.)
Williamsburg Press, Inc
Williamsburg Theater (Williamsburg, Va.)
Yorktown (Va.)
Yorktown (Va.)--History--20th century
Yorktown Day
Yorktown Sesquicentennial
Bumper Stickers
Clippings (information artifacts)
Fliers (printed matter)
Greeting cards
Journals (periodicals)
Signs (declaratory or advertising artifacts)

Detailed Description

Full Finding Aid/Box List

Administrative Information

03/24/2009. Additions are being made to this collection on an ongoing basis.
Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Various gifts and purchases..

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.

Related Materials

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).

Preferred Citation
Williamsburg (Va.) Ephemera Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Series 1 folder list was added by Anne Johnson in March 2015 and Series 2 was reorganized into subject and genre in April 2015.
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