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Lawrence Farmers' Market records

Call Number: RH MS 1172


This collection contains a brief history, bylaws, operational duties, member rosters, advertisements, and financial statements regarding the yearly operations of the Lawrence, Kansas Farmers' Market.


  • Creation: 1985 - 2004


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Lawrence Farmers' Market

The Lawrence, Kansas Farmers' Market was started in the summer of 1976 at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot with only 3-4 vendors per week. Within three years, the numbers of vendors had grown to 49. In the years after, the Farmers' Market has grown to involve two locations in public parking lots, one between 8th and 9th streets and New Hampshire and Rhode Island, and the other between 10th and 11th on Vermont Street. The market now has over 80 vendors and operates 31 weeks of the year. The Market acts as a "producer-only" market, in which the consumer gets to interact with the producer, rancher, or cook of what they purchase. If an item is made, raised, or cooked in Kansas it can be sold at this market.


2.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Lawrence Farmers' Market collection contains documents and records that pertain to the operation of the Farmers' Market. There are documents on general information, rules and regulations of the Market, duties of the Market manager, coordinator and other board members and Kansas regulations pertaining to the Market. The collection also contains multiple years of member rosters, annual reports, accounting records, press releases, advertisements, information specifically regarding the Holiday Market, and annual newsletters.

Physical Location

RH MS 1172

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records donated by Mary Jo Mensie, a former treasurer and historian of the Lawrence Farmers' Market, 2004.


Guide to the Lawrence Farmers' Market Collection
Lawrence Farmers' Market records
Finding aid prepared by cjn, 2010; revised by mhr, 2015; revised by tmw, 2017.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Lawrence Farmers' Market records, RH MS 1172, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States