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Personal papers of Donald Stull

Call Number: PP 583


This collection consists of the professional working files of Donald Stull, an applied anthropologist who worked at the University of Kansas. The collection includes research materials from several major projects Stull conducted about contemporary Native American life, what aging means in central Kansas Mennonite communities, and rural meatpacking factory impacts on the boomtowns hosting them, as well as materials from other projects and activities in which Stull was involved.


  • Creation: 1967 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

Audiovisual materials remain unprocessed and may not be available for access.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Donald Stull (1946- )

Donald David Stull was born in Sebree, Kentucky, on June 25th, 1946. He earned a B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1968, an M.A. from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1970, and his PhD from UC-Boulder in 1973. He continued on to earn a Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975.

Also in 1975, Stull joined the faculty at the University of Kansas, remaining there until his retirement in 2015. His scholarship has been wide-ranging, including many collaborative research projects, but can be generalized into two broad subjects: contemporary Native American cultures, and the issues surrounding rural industrialization and the meatpacking industry.

Stull's published books include Slaughterhouse Blues, which had more than one edition, and was also published in a Japanese language edition. Stull served as co-editor of the journal Culture and Agriculture in 1996-1997 and editor-in-chief of the applied science journal Human Organization from 1999-2004. He was president of the Society for Applied Anthropology from 2005-2007.

In 2001 Donald Stull was presented with the Key to Garden City, Kansas and made an honorary citizen of that city due to his research contributing to the progress and quality of life for those citizens.

Stull retired from the University of Kansas in 2015 after 40 years of service.


19.5 Linear Feet (20 boxes + 2 oversize boxes, 2 oversize folders)

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Physical Location

PP 583

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Donald Stull, 2015-2016.


Guide to the Donald Stull Collection
Personal papers of Don Stull
Finding aid prepared by lmb, 2017. Finding aid encoded by lmb, 2017. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2022.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Don Stull, PP 583, 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