Brenna Buchanan's research on La Yarda
La Yarda was a neighborhood of housing owned by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and used to house its workers, primarily those that immigrated from Mexico. This collection contains research about La Yarda and the role it played in the establishment of the Mexican-American community in Lawrence, Kansas, conducted by Brenna Buchanan for a project when a University of Kansas architecture student.
- Creation: 1999 - 2009
- Buchanan, Brenna (Person)
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Information regarding the Chavez family has been removed or redacted from this collection at the family's request. For additional information, please contact the curator of the Kansas Collection.
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History of La Yarda
For much of the early 20th century it was common practice for railroad workers from Mexico to work in the United States for a period of time and then return to Mexico to be with their families. In 1924 the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad wanted to establish their work force in the area on a permenant basis and therefore created La Yarda, a small group of housing for the workers and their families outside eastern Lawrence, Kansas. The residents of La Yarda became a close knit community that thrived until a flood in 1951 forced them to abandon La Yarda. The former residents of La Yarda became the heart of the Mexican-American community in Lawrence.
.25 linear foot (1 document case)
Language of Materials
RH MS 1431
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Brenna Buchanan, 2010.
- Buchanan, Brenna (Donor, Person)
- Garcia family (Family)
- Delcampo family (Family)
- Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company -- Employees -- Housing -- Kansas -- Lawrence (Organization)
- Guide to the Brenna Buchanan Collection
- Brenna Buchanan's research on La Yarda
- Finding aid prepared by bd. Finding aid encoded by bd.
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- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
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- Preferred citation
Brenna Buchanan's research on La Yarda, RH MS 1431, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.