The History & Legacy of UMW

UMW Digital History Archive

James Farmer

The current sites and projects on notable Civil Rights activist and former UMW professor James Farmer are split into two categories: biographical and archives of his lectures at the university.

The James Farmer website is a biographical site dedicated to resources on the life and contributions of Farmer. We are currently in the process of trying to restore the timeline associated with this site, so we thank you for your patience.

James Farmer Lectures provides a digital archive of Farmer’s Reflection lecture series including the ability to download the audio files.

The James Farmer at Mary Washington College (Oral Histories) site was a 2020 project that conducted oral histories with some of his former students. This project also transcribed/captioned recordings of Dr. Farmer’s lectures and collected some of his classroom materials. This site features three main topics: James Farmer’s legacy, a timeline of his time at Mary Washington, and Dr. Farmer in the classroom.

The Renaming of James Farmer Hall Project was completed in 2022. This project tells of Dr. James Farmer’s legacy as a part of the University of Mary Washington. This project was put onto a new website to inform people about the history of the building as well as the process and why behind the change of name to James Farmer Hall. This site also includes links to many previously done projects on Dr. James Farmer.