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Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Chapman Center for Rural Studies
Kansas State University
111 Leasure Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

(785) 532-0380

Winter Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:30AM - 3:30PM

Important Forms

Intellectual Property Citation Guidelines

Guidelines for Lost Town Papers

Consent to Publish and Distribute Form

Interview Release

Oral History Release

Document and Artifact Release


Student Internships

Student Internship Opp. IRG 2021

Research Resources

Interested in doing research on Kansas history?

The Chapman Center has a research room available for the public to use its research materials. It is located in 110 Leasure Hall. Come visit Monday-Friday from 8:30-5:00, or call our office at (785) 532-0380.

The Chapman Center has also produced a digital archive that is dedicated to Kansas history, and made it available for use by researchers. Please be sure to properly cite any material taken from our archives. The instructions on how to properly cite these materials can be found below under "Important Forms".

Lost Communities archive is a collection of in-depth Kansas community histories. Papers are searchable by keyword or letter.

Additional Collections archive contains various student projects related to the history of the daily life of Kansans. It includes multimedia, photographs, and papers that are searchable by keyword or letter. For specific collections click on the individual links in the menu to the left. 

A Quick Reference to Kansas is a compilation of data collected by Melvin Bruntzel which gives basic information about Kansas communities. Users must obtain a password in order to view this document. Click the Quick Reference to Kansas link or icon. Then use the Contact Us tab at the top of the page to fill out the form and retrieve the password. Once given the password, open the Bruntzel book.pdf and enter the password.

A list of local research resources is available including local historical societies, museums, and records centers. 


Education and Outreach

Kansas State Historical Society

Kansas Memory

Kansas Collection


Digitizing Kansas Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, 1883-1922

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, Kansas and Missouri

Flinthills Discovery Center

Kansas Heritage

Kansas History, USA

K-State Library

Legends of Kansas

Local Research Resources

National Council on Public History

National Endowment for the Humanities

Roy Rosenweig Center for History and New Media

Territorial Kansas Online