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Williamsburg - Related Collections in the Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center in Swem Library has extensive holdings of manuscripts and rare books about Williamsburg, Virginia. This guide describes the bulk of those manuscripts and archives holdings, although it is not a comprehensive list.

Theses & Dissertations

The Albert Durant collection : African American life in the 1940s and 1940s in Williamsburg, Virginia, Daniel Frederick Hodapp. (Honors Thesis, 2003). In the SCRC book collection: LD6051 .W5m Amer.St., 2003, H63. Abstract: "The photographic works of Albert Durant represent a Williamsburg outside the realm of tri-cornered hats, restored buildings, and fifes and drums. It captures a thriving middle class African American community in Virginia during the 1940s and 1950s. The goal of this study is to understand the segregated lives of African Americans in Williamsburg during this period through the collection of photographs taken by a man on the periphery. It also places Durant, his photographic work, and the community he photographed into the larger context of the Civil Rights movement. Finally, this study will assess the meaning of the collection to the historical record"