University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Gillespie County Alliance Minutes, 1886-1896



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Farmers' Alliance--Texas
Title: Gillespie County Alliance Minutes
Dates: 1886-1896
Abstract: The minutes relate to the activities of the Gillespie County Farmers’ Alliance in finance, membership, and agriculture.
Extent: 1 item
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Sketch

The Farmers’ Alliance, also known as the Grand State Farmers’ Alliance of Texas, was initially organized in Lampasas County, Texas, in 1875, but quickly spread to many regions throughout Texas. Its mission was to fight against horse thieves, Indian and Mexican bandits, and land sharks. Though steeped in violent history and acts, the Alliance was mainly a nonviolent movement for agrarian reform in both the political and economic sectors of life in Texas. Gillespie County started its own branch with farmer Fred C. Striegler acting as business agent.

Sources: Smith, Ralph. "The Farmer's Alliance in Texas, 1875-1900: A Revolt against Bourbon and Bourgeois Democracy."The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Jan., 1945), pp. 346-369.

Brown, Richard Maxwell. "Strain of violence: historical studies of American violence and vigilantism." Oxford University Press US, 1975.


Scope and Contents

The Gillespie County Alliance Minutes, 1886-1896, include correspondence, speeches, receipts, and minutes by Fred C. Striegler. The minutes relate to the activities of the Gillespie County Famers’ Alliance in finance, membership, and agriculture.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Grand State Farmers' Alliance of Texas--Gillespie County--Archives.
Subjects
Agriculture--Texas
Politics--Texas
Land use--Texas
Places
Gillespie County (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gillespie County Alliance Minutes, 1886-1896, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2D211 Gillespie County Farmers's Alliance Minutes, 1886-1896