Making History: Transcribe is made possible in part by federal funding provided through the Library Services and Technology Act program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Albert Durant Photography Collection: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

The Albert Durant Photography Collection encompasses photoprints, negatives, slides, and personal papers that document the photographic production of Williamsburg's first black city-licensed photographer, Albert Durant. Durant's photographic output provides a priceless visual history of African American life in Williamsburg, Virginia, and surrounding communities from the late 1930s to the early 1960s.

For more information about Albert Durant and the collection, see the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library’s digital collections site.


We need your help filling in the blanks for the many photos in this collection having little to no identification information.A username and password are needed to add identifying information to the photos. To get started, please contact the project manager at Once you login using the username and password obtained from the project manager, simply click on the photo to enlarge it and view portions more closely. Type any names, dates, places, or events you can identify in the transcription box. For names of individuals in group portraits, please supply the person’s name plus indicate their position within the group. For example: Gloria Smith, bottom row, second from right. We would also love to receive your short reminiscences connected with a particular photo that brings back special community or personal memories. This will help improve our caption data for the photos, assist future researchers who use the collection, and supply important links to the community’s story.