Ferol Briggs was a long-time librarian at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and curator of the architecture school’s pictorial and slide collection at the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library. During 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).
Between 1998 and 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. He distributed this material into 31 scrapbooks that he then donated to DHR. Two scrapbooks related to Charlottesville and Albemarle County have been donated to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society, and six covering Orange County, 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.
The Ferol Briggs Scrapbook:
Gloucester & Mathews Counties:
Note: These are large PDF files:
For more on Gloucester and Mathews Counties, see