Information on the type used in Williamsburg during the eighteenth century has always been elusive. Exposing the sources of these types and reconstructing the inventory of each printer has never been attempted by scholars in the past. Much of this is due to the labor-intensive scrutiny that this evidence requires in order to make accurate deductions.
If it were not for the important help of other scholars, particularly James Mosley, and the development of some new techniques such as mylar overlays, the WIP would not have been able to finally shed light on this important facet of the printing business.
In the work done to date, five typefounders have been linked to Williamsburg's printers with certainty. They are: