Collections

Welcome to the Hampton History Museum Collections Portal. Use this site to explore selections from some of our premier collections, as well as images, documents, and artifacts collected at the Hunt for Hampton History.

New materials are published weekly, so come back often and see what's new!


Chamabers Girard Chambers, Jr. Collection – Selections of maps and surveys of Hampton and Elizabeth City County. A few maps date to the mid- to late-19th century, while most trace the suburban development of Hampton in the first half of the 20th century. New maps are added regularly, so check back often.
Cheyne
Cheyne Studio Collection – Photographs taken by Christopher Ethelbert Cheyne and William Ethelbert Cheyne between 1894 and the 1960s. Explore images of businesses, historic sites, and street scenes, as well as portraits. New photos are added regularly, so check back often.
Hunt for History Hunt for Hampton History Collections – Images, documents, and artifacts contributed by members of the community at annual Hunt for Hampton History events.

Searching the Collections


  • Search by Neighborhood or Place
  • Search by keyword or a person’s last name
  • View images in the collection
  • Coming Soon: Oral History Videos
  • Coming Soon: Search topics like Education and Schools, Civil Rights, Seafood Industry, and more!

Requesting Images