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Immigration to Kansas: a bibliography

This list is a compilation of general materials on the history of immigration to Kansas. All of these books are available to researchers in the Research Room of the Kansas State Historical Society.

Image of map of foreign settlements in Kansas, 1894, compiled by W.
 H. Carruth, included in the Ninth Biennial Report of the Kansas State 
Board of Agriculture

Adamic, Louis. A Nation of Nations. New York, NY: Harper and Bros., 1945. (GL 325.3/Ad15). See index for pages relating to Kansas.

Bird, Roy D. An Ethnic History of Shawnee County, Kansas. Topeka, KS: Topeka-Shawnee County Metropolitan Planning Commission, 1974. (K/325.1/B532).

Brown, Jean. "Immigration to Kansas." Kanhistique: Kansas History and Antiques 9 (August 1983): 5. (Oversize/K/978.105/K13/v. 9/no. 4).

Carman, J. Neale. "Continental Europeans in Rural Kansas, 1854-1861." In Territorial Kansas: Studies Commemorating the Centennial, 164-196. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, 1954. (SP 378/M/So 13/pp. 164-196).

__________. "Critique of Carruth's Articles on Foreign Settlements in Kansas." Kansas Historical Quarterly 25 (Winter 1959): 386-390. (SP/906/K13q/v. 25/no. 4/p. 386).

__________. Foreign-Language Units of Kansas: Historical Atlas and Statistics. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 1962. (K/325.1/C211).

__________. "The Foreign Mark on Kansas." Central Mississippi Valley American Studies Association Journal 2 (Fall 1961): 66-79. (SP/378/J/M584/v.2/no.2/p.66)

Carruth, William H. "European Contributions to Kansas Agriculture."  Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture for the Quarter Ending March, 1899, pp. 235-240. Topeka, KS: Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1899. (SP/630.6/K13q/v. 16/p. 235).

__________. "Foreign Settlements in Kansas." The Kansas University Quarterly 1 (October 1892): 71-84. (K/325.1/Pam.v.1/no. 2).

Chicago Grain and Provision Review. Where to Emigrate. Chicago, IL: Author, n.d. (Port/K/325.1).

Clark, Carroll D. "Racial and National Origins of Kansas Population." In People of Kansas: A Demographic and Sociological Study.  Topeka, KS: Kansas State Planning Board, 1936. (K/312/C547).

Cole, Arthur C. "The Passing of the Frontier." Mississippi Valley Historical Review 5 (December 1918): 288-312. (973.06/M69/v. 5/no. 3/p. 297).

Cole, Rodney M. "The Issue Was Kansas: The Persuasive Campaign of the New England Emigrant Aid Company." Doctorate dissertation, University of Kansas, 1970. (K/978.1/C676).

"Colonist Company [American Settlement Company] First Attempt to Colonize Council City Was a Fizzle." Osage County Chronicle. Oct. 2, 1913. [1 p.]. (Reel: B 210).

Connelley, William E. "First Settlers." Chapt. 18 in A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, I:356-365. New York, NY: Lewis Publishing Co., 1918. (K/978.1/C76/1918/v.1/pp. 356-365).

Correll, Charles M. "Other Immigrant Elements." Chapt. 15 in Kansas: The First Century, edited by John Bright.  New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1956. (K/978.1/B768/v. 1/pp. 355-370).

Promotional advertisement pamphlet by the Kansas Pacific Railway  
Company offering 6,000,00 acres of land for sale in KansasCurl, Thelma J. "Promotional Efforts of the Kansas Pacific and Santa Fe to Settle Kansas." Master's thesis, University of Kansas, 1950. (Reel: LM 325, no. 4).

Dana, C.W. "Kanzas." In The Great West, Or the Garden of the World, 177-226. Boston, MA: Wentworth and Co., 1858. (917.7/D19/pp. 177-226).

Dary, David A. "The Selling of the Great American Desert." In Entrepreneurs of the Old West, 226-248. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986. (K/978.1/D259e/p. 226).

Drury, J.W. "Most Kansans Have Grandparents Who Came from the 'Old Country.'" Junction City Union. Apr. 16, 1951. [1 p.]. (Reel: J 107).

Duram, James C. and Eleanor A. Duram. "Letters from Paradise." Kansas History 9 (Spring 1986): 10-18. (SP/906/K13qh/v. 9/no. 1).

Durr, Fred. "Nativity and Color." In Population and the Labor Force, 43-46. Lawrence, KS: School of Business, 1957. (SP/378/Z/B96esc/pt. 4/p. 43).

Edward, W.G. "Old Million Club: Brought Many People to Kansas-Was Original Boomer Organization [Kansas Immigration and Information Association]." Wichita Eagle. June 7, 1908. [1 p.]. (Reel: W 1168).

Emigrants Committee. "Kansas Circular." Meigs County Telegraph. Pomery, OH: Author, 1855. (K/978.1/Mss.)

Emmons, David M. Garden in the Grasslands: Boomer Literature of the Central Great Plains. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1971. (333/Em 67).

Fitzgerald, Daniel C. "We Are All in this Together: Immigrants in the Oil and Mining Towns of Southern Kansas, 1890-1920." Kansas History 10 (Spring 1987): 17-28. (SP/906/K13qh/v. 10/no. 1).

"Foreign Farm Communities in Kansas." Harper's Weekly 46 (April 19, 1902): 513 (051/H23W/V. 46/Pt. 1).

 Foreign Population of Kansas: Census, 1910 and 1915. N.p.: n.d. (K/312/Pam.v.1).

Free Homesteads in the Garden of the World. Lawrence, KS: Kansas Publishing Co., 1870. (K/917.81/Pam.v.1/no. 2).

Goodnow, I.T. "Personal Reminiscences and Kansas Emigration, 1855." Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society 4 (1890): 244-253. (Reel: LM 933, no. 1).

Hale, Edward E. Emigration to Kansas. Boston, MA: Goege H. Ellis, 1879. (K/325.1/Pam.v.1).

__________. "New England in the Colonization of Kansas."  Reprinted from Chapt. 11 of The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, edited by William T. Davis.  Boston: D.H. Hurd & co., 1897.  (K/978.1/H13n).

__________. The Gospel of Freedom Extended by the Organization of Emigration. Fall River, MA: 1855. (Port/K/325.1).

Hinton, Richard J. "Emigration in 1856." [Topeka] Commonwealth. Oct. 22, 1879. [1 p.]. (Reel: T 1053)

Holbrook, Stewart H. "Kansas-Bloody But Safe." In The Yankee Exodus: An Account of Migration from New England,187-207. New York, NY: MacMillan Co., 1950. (973/H696/pp. 187-207).

Hollon, W. Eugene. Frontier Violence: Another Look. New York: Oxford University Press, 1974. (301.158/H727) Concludes that a substantial part of frontier violence was directed against minorities.

Howes, Cecil. "This Month in Kansas History: The Birth of a State." Kansas Teacher. Topeka, KS: Kansas State Teachers Association, 1943. (K/370.6/K13/v. 51/no. 9/pp. 46-48).

"Hungarians/Through Northern Kansas, Decatur County." Atchison Weekly Champion. July 9, 1881. [1 p.]. (Reel: A 953).

"Immigration Convention: A Large and Influential Gathering of the Representative Germs of the State at Atchison Yesterday." Leavenworth Democratic Standard. Aug. 3, 1881. [1 p.]. (Reel: L 829).

Jenkins, Jefferson. The Northern Tier: Or, Life Among the Homestead Settlers. Topeka, KS: Kansas Publishing House, 1880. (K978.1/J42/pp. 131-132).

Kansas Genealogical Society. "Foreign Language Churches of Kansas." The Treesearcher 19 (1977): 12-15. (K929/So89t/v. 19/no. 1).

Kansas Herald. The Kansas Herald Devoted to Immigration and Home Missionary Enterprise of the West. Marathon, NY: James H. Lathrop, 1871. (K/325.1/Pam.v.1).

Kansas Immigration and Information Association. A Kansas Souvenir, 1896. Topeka, KS: Crane and Co., 1896. (K/917.81/K13).

Kansas Immigration Society. Form Letter. Leavenworth, KS: Author, 1871. (Port./K/325.1/K13).

__________. Freight and Passenger Tariff. Leavenworth, KS: Hathaway Printer, 1871. (Port./K/325.1/K13).

__________. Hotel and Eating House Card. Leavenworth, KS: Times Printing Co., n.d. (Port./K/325.1/K13).

Kansas Land and Emigration Co. Emigration to Kansas: The Glory of the West. London, UK: R.H. Drew, 1869. (K/917.81/K13).

Kansas State Board of Agriculture. "Immigration." In Report of the State Board of Agriculture to the Legislature of Kansas, 1874, 303-307. Topeka, KS: State Printer, 1874. (SP/630.6/K13/1874/pp. 303-307).

Kansas State Historical Society. Immigration Clippings, 1854-1988. (3 vols.). Topeka, KS: KSHS, n.d. (K/325.1/Clipp.).

__________. "New England, Texas and Kansas." New England Emigrant Aid Company Clippings. Topeka, KS: KSHS, n.d. (K/978.1/N42/Clipp./v. 1/p. 79).

King, Rebecca J. "Identification of Foreign Immigrant Groups in Kansas." Master's thesis, Kansas State University, 1948. (Reel: LM 318, no. 4).

Kirkpatrick, Doris. "I'll Die for Kansas" [settlers from Fitchburg, Mass.]. In The City and the River, 265-269. Fitchburg, MA: Fitchburg Historical Society, 1971. (974.42/-F55/K636/v.1/p.265).

Klem, Mary J. "Missouri in the Kansas Struggle." Proceedings of Historical Association the Mississippi Valley 9 (1917-18): 393-413. (973.06/M69/1917-18/v. 9).

Kuhel, Pat. "Lebanese Immigrants in Southeast Kansas." Heritage of the Great Plains 17 (Fall 1984): 17-30.

Laird, Judith A. Argentine, Kansas: The Evolution of a Mexican-American Community, 1905-1940. Ann Arbor, MI: Xerox University Microfilms, 1975. (K/978.1/-W97/Ar37).

Luebke, Frederick. "Ethnic Settlement on the Great Plains." Western Historical Quarterly 8 (October 1977): 405-430. Kansas settlers and others in the region.

Lynch, William O. "Popular Sovereignty and the Colonization of Kansas from 1854 to 1860." Proceedings of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association, 1917-1918 (May 1919): 380-392. (973.06/M69/v. 9/Pt. 3).

___________. "Population Movements in Relation to the Struggle for Kansas." Studies in American History (June 1926): 383-404. (K/325.1/Pam.v.1).

__________. "The Westward Flow of Southern Colonists before 1861." The Journal of Southern History 9 (August 1943): 303-327. (975.05/J827/v. 9/no. 3/p. 303).

McQuillan, D. Aidan. "Adaptation of Three Immigrant Groups to Farming in Central Kansas 1875-1925." Doctorate dissertation. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1975. (K/630.1/M243).

__________. Prevailing Over Time: Ethnic Adjustment on the Kansas Prairies, 1875-1925. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, (K/630.1/M243/1990).

Melaragano, Kenneth J. "Immigrants Viewed Through the Baptismal Register." Papers in History: A Journal Published by the History Club of Pittsburg State University 13 (Spring 1982): 19-25. (SP/371.42/Q/H629/v. 13/no. 1).

Miller, Wallace E. The Peopling of Kansas. Columbus, OH: Fred J. Herr Press, 1906. (Reel: LM 227, no. 1).

Morrow, Robert. "Emigration to Kansas in 1856." Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society, 1903-1904. Topeka, KS: State Printer, 1904. (Reel: LM 935, no. 2).

Mould, David. The Kansas Immigrants. (2 vols.). Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, 1980-81. (SP/378/Z/C767ki/v. 1-2).

Murdock, Victor. "Lands Which Contributed in Building the Empire the State of Kansas: Part Played in Commonwealth by the Folk from Overseas, as Evidenced in One Corner of the State." Wichita Evening Eagle. July 5, 1935. [1 p.]. (Reel: W 1897).

Napier, Rita G., editor. A History of the Peoples of Kansas. Lawrence: Division of Continuing Education, University of Kansas, 1985. (SP/378/Z/C767hp) Scholarly essays of ethnic and minority group experience in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

New York Times. "Immigration from the South." In Kansas Territorial Clippings. Topeka, KS: Kansas State Historical Society, 1856. (K/978.1/Clipp./v. 3/Pt. 2/pp. 235-239).

Newburyport (Massachusetts) Herald. "The New States and Territories." Indiana Magazine of History 32 (March 1936): 72-75. (977.206/In2/v. 32/no.1).

Nugent, Walter T.K. "Populism and Nativism in Kansas." Doctorate dissertation, University of Chicago, 1961. (Reel: LM 224).

__________. The Tolerant Populists: Kansas Populism and Nativisim. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1963. (K/329.84/N896).

Oliphant, Frank. "Immigration." Kansas Magazine 5 (September 30, 1893): 23-26. (K/050/N42/Sept. 1893/V. 5/no. 1/p. 23).

Porter, Anna I. "A New Field for Philanthropy." The Club Member 5 (June 1907): 6-8. (K396.05/C62/v. 5/no. 3/p. 6).

Powell, William E. "European Settlement in the Cherokee-Crawford Coal Field of Southeastern Kansas." In History of the Peoples of Kansas: An Anthology edited by Rita Napier, 275-282. Lawrence: Division of Continuing Education, University of Kansas, 1985.  (SP 378/Z/C767hp/pp. 275-282).

"Prohibition: Its Effect on Foreign Immigration." [Topeka] Commonwealth. July 16, 1881. [1 p.]. (Reel: T 1056).

Prouty, S.S. "The Kansas Emigrant of 1856." [Topeka] Commonwealth. Apr. 24, 1877. [1 p.]. (Reel: T 1048).

Reynolds, M.W. "Kansas as a Field for Immigration." In Facts and Figures About Kansas. Lawrence, KS: Blackburn and Co., 1870. (K/325.1/Pam.v.1).

Rister, Carl C. Southern Plainsmen. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1938. (978/R49s/pp. 24-30, 220-222).

__________. The Greater Southwest. Glendale, CA: Arthur H. Clark Co., 1934. (978/R395/pp. 356-362).

Schmidt, Carl B. "Kansas in Europe." [Topeka] Commonwealth. July 28, 1881. [1 p.]. (Reel: T 1083).

__________. "Reminiscences of Foreign Immigration Work for Kansas." Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society, 1905-1906. (Vol. 9). Topeka, KS: State Printer, 1906. (Reel: LM 936, no. 1).

"Settlers Descendants Preserve Ethnicity/Kansas-The First 125 Years." Topeka Capital Journal. Jan. 29, 1986. [2 pp.]. (Reel: T 2293).

Shawnee County Historical Society. "The Melting Pot: Shawnee County's Ethnic Communities." Shawnee County Historical Society Bulletin. Topeka, KS: Author, 1981. (K978.1/-Sh1/Sh1/no. 58).

Shortridge, James R. "People of the New Frontier: Kansas Population Origins, 1865." Kansas History 14 (Autumn 1991): 162-185. (SP 906/K13qh/v. 14/no. 3).

__________. Peopling the Plains: Who Settled Where in Frontier Kansas. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1995. (K/304.8/Sh81).

Smith, Ida L. "National Group Settlements." The Aerend 7 (Spring 1936): 105-112. (SP 370.714/M/Ae81/v. 7/no. 2/p. 105).

"Southern Emigration to Kanzas." Webb Scrapbook. (Vol. 11). N.p.: Author, 1856. (K/040/W38/V. 11/p. 40).

Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. "Population." In Economic Survey of Kansas, 171-191. St. Louis, MO: Author, 1930. (K/917.81/So89/pp. 171-191).

Swan, Robert A. The Ethnic Heritage of Topeka, Kansas: Immigrant Beginnings. N.p.: Author, 1974. (K325.1/Sw24).

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).

Taylor, Loren L. Ethnic History of Wyandotte County. Kansas City, Kans.: Kansas City Ethnic Council, 1993. (K/978.1/-W97/K133s/v.1-2)

Unruh, Tobias. Great Grandfather's Diary. Montezuma, KS: Abe J. Unruh, 1970. (K/325.1/Pam.v.2/no. 1).

Waldron, Nell B. "Colonization in Kansas from 1861 to 1890." Doctorate dissertation, Northwestern University, 1923. (K/325.1/W147).

Woman's Kansas Day Club. "Human tapestry of Kansas [foreign settlements]." 1951 (Vertical Oversize/K325.1/W84).