Archives & Library

Special Collections

The DHR Archives contains a trove of documentation about the state's historic resources such as the online items below, which include one of the 31 scrapbooks from the library of Ferol Briggs, as well as county-wide architectural survey reports.

As staff time allows for scanning of some of this material, DHR will post more survey reports and other documents online. Meanwhile, archives material is available to the public onsite at the DHR Archives in Richmond.

Ferol Briggs Scrapbooks:

  
Photo
Bookplate from Briggs'
"Exchange" scrapbook.

Ferol Briggs was a long-time librarian at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and the curator of the architecture school’s pictorial and slide collection at the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library. In the early 1970s, Mr. Briggs also worked as a field representative for the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission (predecessor agency to the Department of Historic Resources). In 1998-2000, working in concert with Suzanne Durham, then the archivist at DHR, Mr. Briggs collected over 50-years' worth of photographs, newspaper clippings, and brochures related to historic properties throughout the state into 31 scrapbooks that he then donated to DHR. Additionally, two scrapbooks related to Charlottesville and Albemarle County were donated to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society, and six Orange County scrapbooks were donated to the Orange County Historical Society. (Download an Excel file that shows locales of all Briggs Scrapbooks in DHR Special Collections.)

Volume 2 of the Briggs Scrapbooks (below) covers properties in Gloucester and Mathews counties. Bill Lawrence of the Gloucester Genealogical Society digitized the contents of that scrapbook and created the PDF versions linked below.

Scrapbook Title / Description Related Information
Photo The Ferol Briggs Scrapbook:
Gloucester & Mathews Cos
.

(Note: These are large PDF files.)

Scrapbook: Pages 0-50

Scrapbook: Pages 51-101

Scrapbook: Pages 102-139

Scrapbook: Pages 140-End

Briggs hand-written index to Vol. 2
State & National Register Sites:
Gloucester Co.

Mathews Co.

Slideshows:
Fairfield Archaeological Site (Gloucester Co.)

Old Thomas James Store
(Mathews Co.)


Survey Reports and Special Collections:

The following reports were produced as a result of DHR-sponsored Cost Share survey projects, or through projects funded through grants provided to Certified Local Governments. Please note that most of these are large PDF files and may take some time to download.

Locality Title(s) / Description(s) Year
Albemarle Co.
Survey Report for West Main Street Corridor and Proposal for Local Designation

Jul. 1996
Albemarle Co.
Fry's Spring Neighborhood Historic Survey: Informational Book

Jul. 2010
Albemarle Co.
Historic Preservation Strategies Report: Community of Crozet Architectural Resources Study

Apr. 2009
Amherst Co.
Historic Resources Survey Report

Jul. 2010
Arlington Co.
An Architectural Survey Update in Arlington County,
Virginia Phase IV


2013
Arlington Co.
An Architectural Survey Update in Arlington County, Virginia: Phase I

Sep. 2010
Arlington Co.
Second Phase of an Architectural Survey in Arlington County

1997
Arlington Co.
Third Phase of an Architectural Survey in Arlington County

1998
Arlington Co.
Fourth Phase in an Architectural Survey of Arlington County

1999
Arlington Co.
Second Half of the Seventh Phase of an Architectural Survey in Arlington County

2004
Arlington Co.
Eighth Phase of an Architectural Survey in Arlington County

Sep. 2004
Arlington Co.
Ninth Phase of an Architectural Survey in Arlington County

Sep. 2006
Arlington Co.
Tenth Phase of an Architectural Survey in Arlington County

Jul. 2008
Arlington Co.
Eleventh Phase of an Architectural Survey in Arlington County

Jul. 2009
Arlington Co.
Sixth Phase of an Architectural Survey in Arlington County

2002
Arlington Co.
First Half of the Seventh Phase of an Architectural Survey in Arlington County

2003
Bedford Co.
Bedford County Farm Survey Report

2014
Botetourt Co.
Architectural Survey of Botetourt County

2008
Botetourt Co.
Botetourt County Reconnaissance Level Survey

Jul. 1988
Brunswick Co.
Brunswick County Courthouse Physical Assessment

2010
Chesapeake
A Survey Update of Architectural Resources Within the Rural Overlay District of the City of Chesapeake, Virginia (2013)

Survey Report: African American Historic Resources (2010)

2010
Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk,
Virginia Beach
The Kit House in Southeastern Virginia: Architectural Documentation of Sears, Roebuck and Co. 2006
Chesapeake
Reconnaissance Survey of the City of Chesapeake.

Jul. 1987
Chesapeake
Reconnaissance and Intensive Survey of Architectural Resources in City of Chesapeake.

1999
Chesapeake
South Norfolk Historic and Cultural Preservation Overlay District Design Guidelines, City of Chesapeake.

May 2008
Chesapeake
South Norfolk Historic District Status and Recommendations, Chesapeake.

Nov. 2008
Culpeper Co.
Re-survey of the Culpeper National Historic District (VDHR File Number 204-0020).

Jun. 2013
Danville
Paxton Street Area

2014
Dinwiddie Co.
A Survey of Historic Architecture in Dinwiddie County

2009-2010
Fairfax Co.
Historic Property Survey Update of the City of Fairfax

2004
Fauquier Co.
Historic Context on Fauquier County's Dairy Farms

Fauquier County's Dairy Farms (Brochure)

2012
Fauquier Co.
Architectutal Reconnaissance Survey, Southern Fauquier County

Jan. 2016
Fluvanna Co.
Architectural History Identification and Assessment of Fluvanna County

1993
Frederick Co.
The Survey of Properties and Buildings within the National Register Winchester Historic District

Aug. 2011
Gloucester Co.
Country Stores and Rural Post Offices of Gloucester Co.

1999
Goochland Co.
A Survey of Historic Architecture in Goochland County.

2003
Halifax Co.
Historic Architectural Resources Survey of Halifax County

Jul. 2008
Hampton Co.
Historic Structures Survey of City of Hampton

Apr. 2008
Hanover Co.
Late 18th Century and Early 19th Century Life at Rutland Hanover County, Virginia  (Brochure)

May 2008
Hanover Co.
Update of Hanover County's Survey of Historic Resources

Jul. 2012
Hanover Co.
Hanover Historic Courthouse Masonry Restoration

Jun. 2012
Hanover Co.
Historic Structure Report: Hanover County Courthouse and Jail

Aug. 2004
Hanover Co.
Hanover Historical Analysis Rural Plains - Polegreen Church Study Area

May. 2010
Hanover Co.
Hanover County Twentieth Century Architecture in the Phased Suburban Development Areas and An Architectural History of Mechanicsville

Sep. 2005
Henry Co.
Survey Report

2009
Hopewell
Architectural Survey of Mail-Order Kit Houses in the A Village, B Village, Mansion Hills, and Crescent Hills Neighborhoods of Hopewell, Virginia

2010
King William Co.
An Architectural Survey of King William County (Cost Share 2014)

Jul. 2014
Lancaster Co.
Phase II of a Historic Architectural Survey in Lancaster County

1999
Loudoun Co.
The Archeology of a Loudoun Ordinary (2012)

Executive Summary Report for Survey Update of Town of Middleburg Historic District (2000)

 
Loudoun Co.
Architectural Survey of Three Neighborhoods Abutting the Leesburg Old and Historic District in Leesburg

Sep. 2002
Loudoun Co.
Executive Summary Report for Town of Middleburg Historic District Expansion Area Survey

Aug. 2002
Louisa Co.
Architectural History Identification and Assessment of Louisa County

1995
Mathews Co.
Mathews County Architectural Reconnaissance Survey Report

2014
Montgomery Co.
Survey Findings and Recommendations, Blacksburg Historic District Survey and Survey Update, Blacksburg

May 2007
Nelson Co.
Historic Resources Identification and Assessment

An Architectural Survey . . . Summary Report

1993

1998
Nelson Co.
Survey of Architectural Resources Norwood and Wingina Vicinities, Nelson County

Jun. 2014
Norfolk
Historic Architectural Survey of the City of Norfolk

Historic Architectural Survey of the City of Norfolk

Nov. 1994

Feb. 1997
Pittsylvania Co.
Pittsylvania County Tobacco Barn Survey

Jul. 2015
Portsmouth Co.
Olde Towne Historic District and High Street Corridor Historic District of Portsmouth

Aug. 1999
Prince George Co.
Archaeological Investigation of Six Sites (44PG5, 44PG470, 44PG471, 44PG472, 44PG473, and 44PG474) at Pocahontas Island, City of Petersburg

Sep. 2006
Rappahannock Co.
Historic Architectural Survey of Rappahannock County

May 2003
Richmond
Archaeological Data Recovery Investigation of the Lumpkin's Slave Jail Site
(Vol. I: Reseach Report)

Unearthing the Devil's Half Acre: Archaeological Data...Lumpkin's Slave Jail Site
(Vol. II: Artifact Inventory)

Aug. 2010
Richmond Area
Historic Context for Richmond Area Dairy Barns c. 1900-1955

Jun. 2003
Rockbridge Co.
Natural Bridge Resort Historic Survey Report, Rockbridge County

Jun. 2015
Russell Co.
Comprehensive Survey Report: Survey of Architectural Resources in Russell County, Virginia

Slideshow: Russell County Architectural Survey:
PowerPoint
Script for PowerPoint

Jan. 2009
Shenandoah Co.
Shenandoah County Historic Resources Survey, Survey Report

May. 1995
Southwest Virginia
Thematic Evaluation of County Public School Buildings in Southwest Virginia

Oct. 2000
Smyth Co.
Historic Architectural Survey of Smyth County

1997
Smyth Co.
A Survey of Historic Architecture in the Proposed Saltville Historic District, Town of Saltville

1999
Spotsylvania Co.
Historic Architectural Survey of . . .

Second Phase of an Architectural Survey of . .


1996

2000
Spotsylvania Co.
Comprehensive Survey Report: Reconnaissance Survey of 1,000 Resources Within the Fredericksburg Historic District and Potential Expansion Area, Fredericksburg

2008
Surry Co.
Condition Survey of the Slave Quarter Building at Walnut Valley (090-0023/44SY0262), Surry County

Mar. 2013
Tazewell Co.
Historic Architectural Survey of Tazewell County

2001
Virginia
Survey of State Owned Properties: Summary Historical Overviews

Mar. 1991
Warren Co.
Claiming Rocky Ground: Documentation of  Stone Walls in the Proposed Gooney Manor Loop Road Rural Historic District

Jan. 2004
Washington Co.
Historic Structures Report for Retirement, Town of Abingdon

Jul. 2014
Westmoreland Co.
"… They Live Much Upon Oysters Getting Vast Quantities of 'em and So Roast 'em in a Fire": Archaeological Data Recovery at Site 44WM0304, Associated with the Route 205 Project, Westmoreland County

2012
Westmoreland Co.
Survey of Architectural Resources in Westmoreland County

Jun. 2001
Wythe Co.
Comprehensive Survey Report: Survey of Architectural Resources in Wythe County, Virginia

Slideshow: Wythe County Survey:
PowerPoint
Script for PowerPoint
PDF of slideshow

Jun. 2013
York Co.
Historic Resources Survey of York County

Jun. 2000

Updated: 6.9.16