Source Information

Library of Virginia Virginia, U.S., Colonial Records, 1607-1853 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2017.
Original data: Virginia Colonial Records Project. Library of Virginia. Richmond, Virginia, USA.

About Virginia, U.S., Colonial Records, 1607-1853

This collection consists of an index to nearly 15,000 reports that survey and describe documents relating to colonial Virginia history that are housed in repositories in Great Britain and other European countries.

This collection is presented courtesy of the Library of Virginia, the Colonial Records Project.

The Virginia Colonial Records Project was established in the 1950s by the Virginia Historical Society, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the University of Virginia Library, and Library of Virginia to reconstitute the archive of Virginia's colonial history--a documentary record decimated by war and fire during the Old Dominion's first three centuries.

Between 1955 and 1985, project agents visited more than one hundred libraries and archives in Great Britain, Ireland, and France to survey their collections for Virginia-related documents. Agents reported their findings about pertinent records on Survey Reports from which the project ordered microfilm of many original documents. The project has generated 14,704 of these Survey Reports (which vary in length from one to more than one hundred pages) and acquired 963 reels of microfilmed documents. The Electronic Index contains more than five-hundred thousand (500,000) personal- name and ship-name entries.

The browse can be used to search this collection by the survey report number.