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James Farmer

Finding books

To find books in Simpson Library, use the library search box.

Each book in the catalog is tagged with subject terms that describe what the book is about. To search these subject terms, select “Subject” from the drop-down menu. Here are a few relevant subject terms to get you started:

If you'd rather browse the shelves, the best place to start is on the third floor of Simpson Library. Books on African American topics are shelved at call numbers E 185.2 through E 185.98.

Books in the stacks

These books may be checked out. To check out a book in Simpson Library, take it to the Circulation Desk on the first floor, and use your EagleOne card. If you are not affiliated with UMW, you can check out books if you apply for a Guest Patron card.


These books are part of Simpson Library's ebook collection. To read a book, just click on it. You may be asked to log in with your UMW username and password.

Children's books

These books present James Farmer's story to a younger audience. Readers of all ages might find these books useful for the photographs they contain.

Reference books

Reference books provide short overviews of various topics. At the ends of the articles, you'll often find recommendations for further reading. They may not be checked out, but you can make scans or photocopies of articles you find in reference books.

Reference books are located on the first floor of Simpson Library, to the left of the Reference desk.

James Farmer's personal library

In the University Archives are 34 books that belonged to James Farmer. The copies in the Archives are the same copies that were in Farmer's possession.

Here is a list of these 34 books.

To view these books, contact the Archives staff at