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Cole-Lane Collection

Identifier: MS 00059

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

Collection includes materials related to the Lane and Cole families of Williamsburg, Virginia including wills, voting ballots, property reciepts, deeds, photographs, contracts, estate documents, invitations, diaries, and correspondence. The materials detail the political, economic and social issues in Williamsburg during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Specific Virginia properties are named, i.e. "Lilliput" and "Lightview." The emancipation of named enslaved individuals are in the last will and testament of Ezechael Lane, and the hiring of an enslaved man named William by L.W. Lane and William K. Davis in January 1862.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1794-1934


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 publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

Several of the documents reference "L.W. Lane" and it can be difficult to discern which family member is being referenced. The below geneology may assist in identifying who authored/is associated with the materials.

Captain L.W. Lane, Sr. (born January 6, 1839, died April 27, 1933) Colonel L.W. Lane, Jr. (born August 31, 1891, died March 7, 1934) L.W. Lane III (born February 1, 1892, died September 24, 1934)


2 Boxes



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ann Geddy Cross and Vernon M. Geddy, III, through the Williamsburg Historic Records Association

Guide to Cole-Lane Collection
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository