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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Centennial Farmers Alliance No. 3344 Records, 1886-1985



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Centennial Farmers Alliance No. 3344
Title: Centennial Farmers Alliance No. 3344 Records
Dates: 1886-1895
Abstract: The Centennial Farmers Alliance No. 3344 Records, 1886-1895, consist of a ledger documenting the activities of the agricultural organization’s political activities.
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Extent: 1 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Centennial Farmers Alliance No. 3344 was a farmers union chartered on December 11, 1886 in Bell County, Texas, in response to the excessive cost of agricultural supplies, the falling price of cotton, and absorption of profit by production middlemen after the Civil War. Numerous farming unions were formed across the country and particularly flourished in the South in the 1880s, including the National Farmers’ Alliance and Industrial Union, more commonly referred to as the Southern Farmers’ Alliance, which eventually claimed a membership of almost three million. Strategies for economic improvement employed by farmers alliances included cooperatively owned stores and mills as well as trade-agreements in which committees promised merchants their members’ cash business in exchange for low prices. Farmers’ organizations also called for changes in governmental land policies, railroad regulation, and the use of silver as legal tender. Though the movement was largely unsuccessful, it served as the roots of the Populist Party.

Source:

Barnes, Donna A. “Farmers’ Alliance,” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed November 5, 2010.

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Scope and Contents

The Centennial Farmers Alliance No. 3344 Records, 1886-1895, consist of a ledger documenting the activities of the agricultural organization’s political activities. The ledger includes minutes of Alliance’s meetings, most of which were recorded by Secretary W. H. Madely, as well as accounts of the organization’s finances, membership lists, and quarterly reports.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Madely, W. H.
Subjects (Organizations)
Centeniall Farmers Alliance No. 3344 -- Archives
Subjects
Farmers -- Political activity -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Populism -- Texas -- History -- 19th Century
Places
Bell County (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Centennial Farmers Alliance No. 3344 Records, 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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2C441 Ledger

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