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Williamsburg documentary project

Repository: College of William and Mary. Special Collections Research Center

Collection Description (Extant): The Williamsburg Documentary Project collects, preserves, interprets, and distributes information on the Williamsburg area's rich non-colonial history. The WDP collection contains oral histories and digital artifacts pertaining to Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The project is run by the American Studies Program at the College of William and Mary, and American Studies undergraduate students provide most of the research work for the Project.

The WDP collects materials on a wide variety of topics, but a few particularly rich clusters of materials have accrued around the following topics: development and expansion, with a focus on the Duke of Gloucester Street and New Town (in James City County); African American life, with particular attention to desegregation; the Catholic and Jewish communities; changes in local agriculture; leisure practices, especially movie-going, local music, and golf; the history of the William & Mary radio station, WCWM; the history and experiences of undocumented immigrants; the development of retirement communities in Williamsburg; and the history and discourses surrounding the 'Wren Cross controversy' and the resignation of President Gene Nichol (2005-08).

Access Copy Note: Each oral history includes a wav file recording and an index.

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: Yes

Extent: approximately 400 oral histories

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The archive also has the James City County Oral History Collection, 1983-1986, which deals with black history in Virginia.

Interviewees: Barbara Watson, Doris Crump Rainey, J. Blaine Blayton, Kenneth Jimmison, Lloyd Wallace, Shirley Wallace, Madeline Gee, Shelly Givens, Sheryl Foxx, Dennis Gardner, Edith Marie Kearney, Edna Baker, Harriet Elizabeth Skinner Gerst, Robert Braxton, Ed Belvin, John Austin, Scottie Austin, Paulette Combs Ellis, Robert W. Jeffrey, Jr., Ron Kernodle, Ruth Kernodle

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African Americans--Civil rights--Virginia
African Americans--Virginia
Civil rights movements--Virginia
College of William and Mary
School integration--Virginia
Williamsburg (Va.)


Sound recordings


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