brdge_zpsf28c14a3.jpgThe research collections featured here are part of a research initiative of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies. It is a digital archive of rural studies conducted by undergraduate researchers at Kansas State University since 2010. Students working in selected research based classes may submit their study for inclusion in the archive. Submissions are edited for accuracy and original content before being published to this site. All contributions are subject to editing and verification by Center Staff.  Planning for this project was supported by a grant from Mark Chapman and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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The End of an Old Enemy: Smallpox in Clay County, Kansas, 1900-1925

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This study analyzes the cases of smallpox in Clay County, Kansas, between the years of 1900-1925. Evidence suggests proactive prevention methods were…

Pearl Opera House: Phantom of the Flint Hills, Alta Vista, Wabaunsee County, Kansas, 1880s-1970s

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This study traces the introduction of an opera house to the small town of Alta Vista, Kansas and follows it until its closing. This highlights the…

Tracking Success of African American Landowners in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, Circa 1900: A Case Study of African American Farmers at the Turn of the Century

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This paper explores the history of the Kansas Fever Exodus of 1879 and profiles four African American farmers in Wabaunsee County: Franklin Glass,…

Perpetual Persistence: The African American Community of Manhattan Bottoms, 1880-1920

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Using the case study of Jeremiah "Jerry" Mitchell, this study documents the early history of Manhattan Bottoms and the African American community…

Memorializing Martin: The Living Dream of Martin Luther King Jr. in Junction City, Kansas

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The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is immortalized in Junction City, Kansas, by the grassroots efforts of both individuals and the community, in an…