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Williamsburg Historic Records Association

The Williamsburg Historic Records Association exists to help collect and preserve documents relating to the history of Williamsburg especially in the years after the 18th century. It encourages individuals, families, businesses, and other institutions which have intertwined themselves with the development of Williamsburg and its surrounding area to consider donating documents and other historical materials to the William & Mary Libraries Special Collections Research Center in the Earl Gregg Swem Library. Contributions have ranged from a single photo or postcard to large collections of personal or institutional records.

Those donations will be screened by professional archivists in the Special Collections Research Center in the Earl Gregg Swem Library for possible inclusion in the University's collections. For a list of donations so far associated with WHRA, click here.

The Association encourages those interested to become members--annual dues are modest: $5 (regular); $10 (sustaining); $25 (patron).  The Association's annual meeting, free and open to the public, comes usually on the last Sunday of April and features a speaker on some aspect of Williamsburg's history.

The 2019 meeting will be held on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. in the church hall of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1333 Jamestown Road. Our speakers, Marianne Martin and Tracey Gulden of Colonial Williamsburg, will bring back memories of the College Pharmacy, Scribner's Bookstore, and other businesses by discussing and illustrating how the concept of Merchants Square developed from the restoration period to what is today.

Past speakers have included Bobby Braxton (on the development and history of Braxton Court); Robert Doares (on the Rev. Charles Minnigerode [1814-1894]); Judge Jeff Fairbanks (on anecdotes of the local courts); Carson Hudson (on Williamsburg during the Civil War); Louis Kale (on the restoration of the Wren Building); Thad Tate (on post-colonial travellers to Williamsburg); Carol Dubbs (on her book Defend This Old Town); Lisa and Sean Heuvel (on "William and Mary: Historical Memory and the Civil War"); Rosemary Thornton (on Camp Penniman); Nicholas Luccketti (on William & Mary's athletic director in the mid-1960’s, H. Lester Hooker, Jr.).

The Association was founded in 1984 by Dr. Janet Coleman Kimbrough.  It includes among its more than 200 members historians, archivists, librarians, history buffs, and other local history enthusiasts. 

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 1708
Williamsburg VA 23187

Current Board Members of the Association include:

President: Jay Gaidmore

Vice President: Bill Geiger

Secretary: David Riggs

Archivist: Jay Gaidmore

Treasurer: Del Moore

Members at Large (appointed by the Board): Carol Dubbs

The current newsletter is available from Jay Gaidmore.