The Gott Collection is comprised of his entire research library which included over 5,000 volumes, plus his loose paper files on surnames, place names, subjects and extensive research notes on the history and genealogical data collected by Mr. Gott during his lifetime. Although his broad focus was on Fauquier County he collected material on all the surrounding counties and states to which early Fauquier citizens migrated during the development and expansion of the country.
After 40 years in the practice of architecture, Mr. Russell retired and devoted most of his time to the study of the history or Northern Virginia and Fauquier County in particular. His interest came naturally. His father, Stanislaus Russelll, a distinguished Baltimore architect, was born near Orlean, Fauquier County, as was his mother, Harriet Lewis (Triplett) Russell. Among his works is an unpublished architectural survey of farm places in Fauquier, a manuscript of 700 pages. He co-authored with John K Gott, "Fauquier County in the Revolution," and "The Dixon Valley, its First 250 Years." He also wrote unpublished histories of the Rappahannock Mountain, Great Meadow, and Flint Hill Farm (the Estate of George Washington in Fauquier).
In 1993 Mr Russell's entire library and manuscript collection (in excess of 7,000 pieces) of maps, documents, genealogical material and books, was donated to the Fauquier Heritage & Preservation Foundation.
The Elizabeth McNamara Collection house here at the John Gott Library is largely based on records of the thirteen pioneer families from Nassau-Siegen, Germany who settled on the Rapidan River, 20 miles west of present-day Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1714. After 1719 the families moved to Fauquier (then Stafford) and settled Germantown, near Licking Run in the southern part of the county. McNamara was related to several of the Germanna families and spent years compiling genealogical information on them. She collected copies of family charts, census records, county records, military records and related materials, keeping extensive notes on each family. The McNamara Collection provides extensive genealogical and historical information on one of the earliest settlements in Fauquier County. These notes alone fill 84 archival boxes. Her focus was on the surnames Hitt, Crutcher, Weakley, and Peak but the collection covers many other families.
The Minnick Collection focuses entirely on Col. John S. Mosby and his Partisan Rangers. Mr. Minnick spent a lifetime collecting details on the life of Mosby and each of his Rangers. His well organized collection (recently acquired by the FHPF in 2018) is a treasure trove of information to researchers of this famous Confederate soldier.
The Peters Collection (acquired by FHPF in 2018) is specifically focused on the many leases granted before the American Revolution by Lord Fairfax and the resulting squabbles after the United States was established. These early leases covered thousands of acres in the northwestern part of Fauquier County. Ms. Peters conducted years of research on these parcels and her findings will be of interest to those tracing the roots of their early ancestors during the colonial period.
Catherine Price Kent (1916-1999), an accomplished and respected genealogist, was active in numerous organizations including the Daughters of the American Revolution, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the National Genealogical Society. Her extensive collection -- containing about 800 lbs of manuscripts and books -- is housed here in the Gott Library.
James Moyer (1935-1999) had a life-long interest in the Civil War and in particular the life and exploits of John Singleton Mosby. In 1969, following the end of a successful teaching career he met Virgil Carrington Jones who had been conducting tours through the Mosby Confederacy since the mid-1940s. When Jones discontinued his tours Moyer and fellow Civil War historian Thomas Evans, continued the tours which ranged through Loudoun, Fauquier, Clarke and Warren counties. Moyer and Evans co-authored a tour guide book containing many of the bus routes traveled during the Mosby tours: Mosby's Confederacy: A Guide to the Roads and Sites of Colonel John Singleton Mosby, During the 1990s Moyer and Evens wrote five books entitled Mosby Vignettes, Vol I - V. Mr. Moyer's research papers are house here at the Gott Library.