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.
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"