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Chelsea, Kansas photograph collection

Call Number: RH PH 23


Views of people, businesses and activites in Chelsea, Butler County, Kansas at the turn of the 19th into the 20th century.


  • Creation: 1899 - 1908

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 Chelsea, Kansas

Chelsea was the first area settled in Butler County in the southeastern part of Kansas before the county was organized in 1859. A post office was established in Chelsea from 1858-1907, and the town initially served as the county seat. In 1864, however, county boundaries were redrawn, and El Dorado became the county seat. Chelsea continued to struggle in the 1870s with drought and the 1874 grasshopper plague. The town site moved twice by 1880 in order to improve its opportunities for survival, the second move in order to be close to the railroad. The railroad line did not go by the town until 1924, however. By 1978 the townsite was destroyed, under water from a new El Dorado Lake dam project.

[Information retrieved from Brooke Morris, “Chelsea, Butler County,” Lost Kansas Communities, accessed January 22, 2021,]


.25 Linear Feet (17 photographic prints in 1 document case)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH PH 23

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, University of Kansas Anthropology Department, 1979

Processing Information

Modern photoprints from copy photonegatives of the original photoprints.

Guide to the Chelsea, Kansas Collection
Chelsea, Kansas photograph collection
Finding aid prepared by rw 2008. Finding aid encoded by rw, 2008. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Chelsea, Kansas photographs, RH PH 23, 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