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Gordon W. Miller collection

Gordon W. Miller collection, 1787-2005
Gordon W. Miller collection
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  • Gordon Miller collection
  • Miller collection
  • These materials were gathered by Gordon W. Miller, History Reference Librarian at James Madison University's Carrier Library from 1977-2003, during more than a decade of research on the life of Gabriel Thomas Barbee and in particular Barbee's role as primary organizer of the Virginia Farmers' Alliance, 1887-1894
  • Photocopies of materials documenting Gabriel T. Barbee's influence in the Virginia Farmers' Alliance, 1887-1894
Biographical or historical data
  • Gabriel Thomas Barbee was born in Rappahannock County, Virginia, in 1814. In 1834 he moved to Petersburg in Hardy County (then Virginia, now West Virginia), where he worked as a merchant and a dealer in land. He served in the Virginia Senate from 1847-1851.
  • In 1887, after a trip to Texas where he came into contact with Farmers Alliance leaders, Barbee began holding meetings in Bridgewater to form a sub-alliance in Virginia. For the next three years he devoted most of his time to organizing a state Farmers' Alliance, serving as president in 1889 and 1890, by which time the organization had over 30,000 members in 85 county alliances.
Cataloging source
Gordon W. Miller collection
Series 1. Biographical & genealogical data on G.T. Barbee -- Folder 1: Gabriel Thomas Barbee of Bridgewater, Virginia and the Virginia Farmers' Alliance, by Gordon W. Miller. 2005. 38 p. -- Folder 2: General -- Folder 3: Deeds -- Folder 4: Census records, 1787-1900 -- Folder 5: Business dealings -- Folder 6: Smals diary entries -- Folder 7: Genealogical materials -- Folder 8-9: Newspaper articles ; Series II. Farmers' Alliance -- Folder 10: VA State Alliance documents -- Folder 11: VA State Alliance -- Folder 12: National Alliance - excerpts from books and journals on the Farmers' Alliance -- Folder 13: National Alliance - books -- Folder 14: National Economist, Official Organ of the Farmers Alliance - issues from 1889-May, 1890 -- Folder 15: National Economist - issues June, 1890-1893 ; Series III. Research trail. -- Folder 16: Correspondence - Letters by Mr. Miller to institutions and individuals concerning his search for traces of Barbee.
Control code
2/3 Hollinger box (16 folders)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections Librarian
Donated by Gordon W. Miller in January, 2005.

Library Locations

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      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
      38.438299 -78.8741916
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