The Lawrence University Archives promotes understanding of Lawrence and Milwaukee-Downer College history by collecting, preserving, and making accessible unique materials that document this history. It is the official repository for University records of enduring value. In supporting the research needs of Lawrence students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the wider community, the Archives helps fulfill the teaching and learning mission of the University.

On This Day in Lawrence History...

June 26, 1865: President Mason resigned from Lawrence, citing "supposed religious heresies."
June 26, 1879: President Elias DeWitt Huntley was installed as Lawrence University's fourth president.
June 26, 1971: Lawrence University was recognized as an Official Wisconsin Landmark and historical site at the regional meeting of the Wisconsin Council for Local History.
June 29, 1853: The ceremony for laying the cornerstone of Main Hall took place, and the first president of the University, Edward Cooke, was installed.
June 29, 1906: Mrs. Russell Sage gave $100,000 to Lawrence University to build a women's dormitory as a memorial to her husband.
July 1, 1857: Lawrence University's first Commencement ceremony was held for the four men and three women in the first graduating college class.
July 1, 1964: The consolidation between Lawrence College and Milwaukee-Downer College took effect and the institution's name became Lawrence University.
July 2, 1936: The Lawrence College Vacation Tour set sail for Europe on the SS Hamburg from New York.
July 3, 1848: The frame for the preparatory (academy) building, the first building on campus, was raised.
July 4, 1925: Henry M. Wriston's thirty-sixth birthday, and the date he accepted the position as President of Lawrence University.
July 5, 1943: This date marked the beginning of classes on a new year-round academic calendar which would allow Lawrence students to "…obtain the maximum amount of college education before entering the armed services, and will also help meet the increasing demands for college trained women."

What's new?

Recent projects

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:52pm
Archives student assistants Colby Lewis ’17 and Emma Lipkin ’19 have been busy over the past several months with some exciting projects. Here are the highlights: Emma inventoried and photographed more than 300 artifacts (3-D objects) associated with Lawrence history. These range from t-shirts to trophies to items that are more difficult to classify… Colby … Continue reading Recent projects

Class of 2017 Archives Project

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:27am
Calling all seniors: the LU Archives is seeking to expand our documentation of student life at Lawrence, and we need your help! This is an opportunity to reflect on and share with future generations of Lawrentians a bit about what life has been like for you as a student at Lawrence in the 2010s. If … Continue reading Class of 2017 Archives Project

Hours and location

During the summer, the Archives is open by appointment only to ensure staff availability. Please contact us at archives@lawrence.edu or (920) 832-6753.

The Archives is located on Level B of the Seeley G. Mudd Library, between floors 2 and 3.

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