Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Portrait of Girl. c. 1840. America. Image and original data provided by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has contributed approximately 1000 images of works from their collections to the Artstor Digital Library.

The collection in Artstor provides a broad range from the Foundation, including Colonial painting, primarily portraits; American folk art; decorative arts, from furniture to silver; and textiles and costumes, notably quilts.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates the world’s largest living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia—the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s preeminent outpost in the New World—interpreting the cultural establishment of America in the years before and during the American Revolution. The story of Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City tells how diverse peoples evolved into a society that valued liberty and equality.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s outstanding collections encompass nearly 70,000 examples of American and British fine, decorative, and mechanical art; 5,000 pieces of American folk art; millions of archaeological artifacts; and thousands of architectural fragments. The collections furnish more than 200 rooms in Williamsburg’s historic buildings and are also displayed in the art museums of Colonial Williamsburg: the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, where exhibitions are designed to tell stories and once-common objects—furniture, clothing, ceramics, and firearms—become interpretive tools.

The collections offer an unparalleled research resource. The Foundation’s archaeological holdings in 18th-century British and American materials are unrivalled, while its archaeological environmental collections provide a window into plant and animal populations.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collection In Artstor supports research and study in the fields of History and Art History.