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Colonies and settlements in Kansas: a bibliography

Image of pamphlet by Benjamin Singleton encouraging African Americans to emigrate to Kansas, 1877The below compiled bibliographies include both specific and general information relating to the history of colonies and settlements in Kansas.  If there were four or more entries for a specific settlement, a separate bibliography was created.  Links to those are listed below. All of these sources are available to researchers in the Research Room of the Kansas State Historical Society.

Specific Kansas Colonies

Colonies in General in Kansas

Albertson, Ralph. "A Survey of Mutualistic Communities in America." The Iowa Journal of History and Politics 34 (October 1936): 375-444. (977.706/Io9/V. 34/no. 4).

Beason, Mildred C. "One of Our Pioneers Re-Lives Dugout Days [Chicago Colony]." Gove County Republican Gazette. Dec. 2, 16 and 23, 1937, and Jan. 6 and 13, 1938. [5 pp.]. (Reel: NP 1503).

Carney, Alfred. "Christening of a Kansas Town-Herndon [Hungarians]." Aerend: A Kansas Quarterly. 5 (Summer 1934): 174-5. (SP 370.7H/M/Ae8l/v.5/no. 3).

"Colonies Kansas has Harbored: Tragic History of Most of Them." Wichita Eagle. Aug. 12, 1906. [1 p.]. (Reel: W 1156).

Daughters of the American Revolution. "Partial List of Settlers Arriving With the Wisconsin Colony at the Settlement of Fossill Station Now Russell, Kansas" [Wisconsin Colony, Russell County]. Miscellaneous Genealogical Records. (K/369.133/K133m/v. 9/p. 29).

Dick, Everett. "Colonies and Colonizing Agencies." In The Sod House Frontier, 1854-1890, 185-201. Lincoln, NE: Johnsen Publishing Co., 1954. (K/978.1/D55/p. 185).

"The Dunkard Settlement." Ottawa Republican. Aug. 9, 1877. [1 p.]. (Reel: O 709).

"Early Ellis County Settlers Included Not Two, But Twenty-six, Separate Colonies." Hays Daily News. Jan. 24, 1960. [ 1 p.]. (Reel: NP 1177).

"Early Settlement [Dunkard Settlement]." Ottawa Republican. July 19, 1877. [1 p.]. (Reel: O 709).

"Elam Stock Farm." Manhattan Republican. Mar. 10, 1887. [1 p.]. (Reel: M 1513).

Goodspeed Publishing Co. "Northwestern Colony." Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. Chicago, IL: John Morris Co. Press, 1890. (K/978.1/-W97/G62/p. 48).

Howes, Cecil. "The Birth of a State." Kansas Teacher 51 (April 1943): 30-32. (K/370.1/K13/V. 51/no. 8).

Illinois and Kansas Colony Association. Announcement of the Illinois and Kansas Colony Association. N.p.: Quincy Tribune, 1871. (Port/K/978.1/-B28/B).

"An Iowa Colony that Came to Woodson County, 1898." In the Beginning 45 (January 1979): 10-13. (K/978.1/-W85/W85/V. 12/no. 45).

Jackson, A.P. and E.C. Cole. "[Advertisement for the Cimarron Oklahoma Colony, Kingman, Kan]." In Oklahoma!, inside front cover.  Kansas City, MO: Ramsey, Millett and Hudson, 1885. (976.6/J132/inside front cover).

"Judge J.C. Ruppenthal Speaks on History of Settlements Made During Development of County." Hays County News. Oct. 29, 1936. [1 p.]. (Reel: H 118).

Kellogg, R.S. "An Interesting Experiment: The Salvation Army Colony of Amity." The Jayhawker 2 (Jan. 15, 1904): 100-101. (SP/630.7/Q/J33/v. 2/no. 4).

"Kentucky Colony." [Topeka] Kansas Daily Commonwealth. Apr. 18, 1872. [1 p.]. (Reel: T 1038).

Lathrop, James H. Circular of the Kansas Herald and Empire Colony! Marathon, NY: Herald, 1871. (Port./K/325.1).

__________. "Empire Colony." The Kansas Herald Devoted to Immigration and Home Missionary Enterprise of the West. Marathon, NY: Author, 1871. (K/325.1/Pam.v.1/p. 21).

Malin, James C. "Colonel Harvey and His Forty Thieves [Chicago Colony]." Mississippi Valley Historical Review 19 (June 1932): 57-76. (973.06/M69/v. 19/no. 1).

"Maple Grove Colony." Norton County Advance. Dec. 29, 1880. [1 p.]. (Reel: N 319).

McMurry, Rhuy K.W. The Tennessee Colony [Reno County]. Greensburg, KS: Author, 1966. (BBB/M229/M22).

Meek, J.S. ""When Colonists Came:' Tennessee Immigration Was Interesting History" [Tennessee Colony, Dickinson County]. Abilene Daily Reflector. Mar. 24, 1922. [1 p.]. (Reel: A 2284).

Meek, Theresa L. "Women Played an Important Part in Taming of the Plains" [Tennessee Colony, Dickinson County]. Herington Times-Sun. June 25, 1936. [1 p.]. (Reel: H 276).

Meredith, William J. "The Old Plum Grove Colony in Jefferson County, 1854-1855." Kansas Historical Quarterly 7 (November 1938): 339-375. (SP/906/K13q/v. 7/no. 4/p. 339).

Miller, Wallace E. The Peopling of Kansas. Columbus, OH: Fred J. Heer Press, 1906. (Reel: LM 227).

Miner, H. Craig. "Colonists." In West of Wichita: Settling the High Plains of Kansas, 1865-1890, 67-79.  Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1986. (K/978.1/M662/pp. 67-79).

Minckley, Loren S. "Survey of Frontenac." Americanization Through Education. Frontenac, KS: Superintendent of Public Schools, 1917. (K379/F92/M66/pp. 11-61).

New Haven Colony. Ho! For Kansas!! The New Haven Colony of Kansas. New Haven, CT: Stafford Co., 1871. (K/325.1/Pam.v.1).

"Our County: A Reliable History [Chicago Workingmen's Colony]." Kinsley Republican. Jan. 4, 1879. [2 pp.]. (Reel: K 669).

Peabody Centennial Committee. "Wisconsin Colony Encourage Settling at Peabody." In Peabody: The First 100 Years, 3-5.  Peabody, KS: Peabody Gazette-Herald, 1971. (K/978.1/-M34/P311/pp. 3-5).

Peacock, Barbara. "Riponites Create Kansas Commission." In Prairiesta: Review of Russell County History, 1871-1981, 30-31.  Russell, KS: Prairiesta, 1981. (K/978.1/-R91/P884/1981/pp. 30-31).

Pollock, Harry R. "Colonies in Ellis County." A Study of Juvenile Delinquency in Ellis County, 1900-1937. N.p.: Author, n.d. (K/978.1/-EL5/Pam.v.2/no. 8).

"Reminiscences: A Short History of the Settlement of the City of Russell." Russell Record. Apr. 19-May 10, 1902. [8 pp.]. (Reel: R 91).

"Retrospective and Prospective: View of Peabody" [Wisconsin Colony, Peabody] Peabody Gazette. Dec. 28, 1882. [1 p.]. (Reel: P 917).

Ruppenthal, Margaret E. "Colonel Asa Kinney and the Wisconsin Colony" [Wisconsin Colony, Russell County].  Russell County News. Feb. 2, 9 and 23, 1933. [4 pp.]. (Reel: NP 3151).

"A Socialist Colony." Ft. Scott Weekly Tribune. Aug. 17, 1899. [1 p.]. (Reel: F 588).

Stimac, Charles. Historical Sketch of St. John the Baptist Parish, Kansas City, Kansas. N.p.: Woman's Kansas Day Club, 1951. (Vertical Oversize/K325.1/W84).

Stoll, Steven. Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, 2002. (631.45/St68).

Swenson, Russell G. "Land Ownership Among Ethnic Groups in Cloud County, Kansas, 1885-1975." The Kansas Geographer (Spring 1981): 45-55. (SP 630.7/Z/G29/No. 16).

"Tennessee Colony Formed in County [Harper County]." Anthony Republican and Bulletin. 60th Anniversary Edition. May 19, 1938. [1 p.]. (Reel: A 339).

Turner, Norton A. "The First White Settlers." Russell Record Anniversary Edition. Topeka, KS: KSHS, 1914. (K/978.1/-R91/R245/p. 7).

Waldron, Nell B. "Colonization in Kansas From 1861 to 1890." Doctorate dissertation, Northwestern University, 1923. (K325.1/W147).

Walker, J.A. "Views of Kinsley and Vicinity, and a Sketch of the History of Edwards County [Chicago Workingmen's Colony]." Edwards County Leader. Mar. 14 and 28, 1878. [3 pp.]. (Reel: K 563).

Weston, William. "[The Illinois Prohibition Colony and the National Temperance Colony]." In Weston's Guide to the Kansas Pacific Railway, 1872, 56. Kansas City, KS: Bulletin Steam Printing, 1872. (CK/385/Un3/W528/p. 56).

"What Has Been Done by the Geneva, Ohio, Colony." Pawnee County Clippings. Topeka, KS: KSHS, 1873. (K/978.1/-P28/Clipp./v. 1/pp. 1-2).