Virginia White Fitz, 77, the author of many articles and books on Virginia and Maryland Colonial history, died Nov. 26 of amyloidosis, a protein disorder of the tissues, at her home in Annapolis.

In 1984, Mrs. Fitz wrote "Spirit of Shady Side: Peninsula Life, 1664-1984," about the village near Annapolis in which she lived for more than 20 years. The book received the Marjorie Murray Bridgman Award from the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation.

In 1985, she and several other residents formed the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, and she served as its first president.

Mrs. Fitz became interested in local and Colonial history when she moved to Charlottesville in 1959. In 1969, she wrote a scholarly article in the William and Mary Quarterly about an ancestor, Ralph Wormeley, a 17th-century essayist. She later wrote many other historical and biographical articles.

In 1988, she published "Sweete Jane: Mistress of a Martyr King," a biographical novel based on the life of Jane Whorwood, a Royalist agent in the English Civil War who had a love affair with King Charles I.

Mrs. Fitz also wrote a history of the Capt. Salem Avery House, which was converted to a waterman's museum by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society in 1989. She served as editor for a history of St. James Episcopal Church, an Anne Arundel church established in 1692. She had also completed a biography of 17th-century English philosopher John Locke.

Mrs. Fitz was born in Long Beach, Calif. She was a 1949 cum laude graduate of Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass., and received a master's degree in history from George Washington University in 1972.

She and her husband, Army Lt. Col. Harold Carlton Fitz Jr., lived on military bases in the United States and the Panama Canal Zone before moving to Annandale in 1967. They settled in Shady Side in 1980 and enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. Mrs. Fitz moved to Annapolis in 2003.

From 1993 to 1995, she was president of the Maryland chapter of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. She was a member of the West River Sailing Club, the Annapolis Yacht Club and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She also served as a Girl Scout Leader for several years.

Her husband died in 1997.

Survivors include three children, Virginia Fitz Shea of Alexandria, Elizabeth Fitz Scott of Baltimore and Harold Carlton Fitz III of Jupiter, Fla.; two brothers; and five grandchildren.

Virginia White Fitz's book about Shady Side won an award.