Welcome to the research collections of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University. Initiated in 2010, this digital archive features the contributions of undergraduate students to the history of Kansas and of communities in jeopardy of being forgotten.  This project is supported by a behest from KSU alumunus Mark Chapman, donors, and by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For information about the Chapman Center, contact us at chapmancenter@ksu.edu

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The Chinese Laundries of Wichita, Kansas:
A Portrait of an Immigrant Community on the Western Frontier, 1880-1905

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The author uses historic newspaper reports, census records, city directories, and historic advertising to recreate the Chinese community found in…

“Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” (“Land of My Fathers”): A Comparative Study of Welsh Language and Culture in Settlements of Riley, Lyon, and Geary Counties, Kansas, 1850-Present


The author compares three types of Welsh communities found in Kansas to determine when the Welsh language ceased common usage. A variety of historic…

African American Landowners: Clay County, Kansas, 1880-1910

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This paper explores the agricultural history of Clay County, Kansas, and the African American workers who persevered during the time. Sources used…