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James City County Oral History Collection

Identifier: MS 00241

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The James City County Oral History Collection holds two copies of transcripts and one corresponding cassette tapes of the Oral History Project directed by Robinette Fitzsimmon of the James City County Historical Commission. The collections includes interviews of residents of James City County, the City of Williamsburg, and York County, Virginia.  Topics range from education to farming to Eastern State Hospital.  Time periods covered begin with family memories from the Revolutionary War to the 1980's.  Many interviewees were born in late 1800's to early 1900's.

Swem Library did not receive all the cassette tapes or transcripts as listed on the JCC Historical Commission Accession system.  These interviews were either never done or not received by Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center.

Audiocassettes have been digitized and are available to listen in the reading room. At least 72 hours advanced notice required for access.


  • Creation: 1983-1986
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1984


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Historical Commission of James City County, Virginia.


7.00 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Numerical order by numbers assigned by JCC Historical Commission.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audiocassettes have been digitized and are available to listen in the reading room. At least 72 hours advanced notice required for access.

Acquisition Information:

Gifts in 1989, 1993 and 2010.

Processing Information:

Reprocessed by Anne Johnson in 2009 and 2011.

Guide to the James City County Oral History Collection
Finding Aid Authors: Anne Johnson and Special Collections Staff.
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Script of description
Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Revision Statements

  • May 24th, 2018: Subject and participant (alphabetical and numerical) indices added to finding aid in May 2011.  Transcriptions combined in numerical order by numbers given by the JCC Historical Commisson.
  • 2019 August 30: Audio cassettes were previously moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection, but have since been repatriated to this collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository