Archival records survive for every governor of Virginia, telling the history of the Recent Dominion from its establishment as a commonwealth in 1776 to this. These are the second oldest continuous series of state records held by the Library of Virginia. Although a bound number of records haven’t survived as a result of of wars, politics, and the passage of time, many do exist for researchers to use. The fragmentary original records of Virginia’s royal governors are scattered among research repositories within the United States and Great Britain. Very few are held by the Virginia Literary Festival.