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W. B. Gilmer Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2023-059

Scope and Content

The W.B. Gilmer Papers archive 160 documents from 1954-1962. All documents deal with the Defenders of State Sovereignty and Individual Liberties that was formed to preserve segregation in Virginia. the collection includes broadsides, circulars, letters, certificate of incorporation, and newspaper clippings.

Dates

  • 1954 - 1962

Creator

Language of Materials

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

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Biographical Note

There are two possible W.B. Gilmers for this collection. Weir Burton Gilmer, Sr. (1891-1964) and Weir Burton Gilmer, Jr. (1918-1962). One of these Gilmers was a member of the Defenders of State Sovereignty and Individual Liberties. This organization was a grassroots political organization created in Petersburg, Virginia in 1954 to preserve racial segregation in Virginia's public schools. The Defenders pushed for the closing of Virginia schools to avoid segregation within the state's schools. The Defenders dissolved in 1967.

External sources:

"Weir Burton Gilmer, Sr.", findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29936086/weir-burton-gilmer, accessed on June 15, 2023.

"Weir Burton Gilmer, Jr.", findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29936091/weir-burton-gilmer, accessed on June 15, 2023.

"Defenders of State Sovereignty and Individual Liberties", Encyclopedia Virginia, https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/defenders-of-state-sovereignty-and-individual-liberties/, accessed on June 15, 2023.

Extent

0.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Abstract

The W.B. Gilmer Papers archive 160 documents from 1954-1962. All documents deal with the Defenders of State Sovereignty and Individual Liberties that was formed to preserve segregation in Virginia.

Arrangement

The material in this collection is arranged chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

The W.B. Gilmer collection was purchased by Special Collections and University Archives in August 2020.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the W.B. Gilmer Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the W.B. Gilmer Papers was completed in June 2023.

Title
W. B. Gilmer Papers, 1954-1962
Status
Completed
Author
Sterling Bryant, Student Assistant
Date
2023 (CC0 1.0)
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308