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Brenna Buchanan's research on La Yarda

Call Number: RH MS 1431


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


Conditions Governing Access

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.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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


Physical Location

RH MS 1431

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Brenna Buchanan, 2010.

Guide to the Brenna Buchanan Collection
Brenna Buchanan's research on La Yarda
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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.

Repository Details

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States