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...

February 18, 1926: "The Vikings" received 252 of 408 student votes cast for a new name for Lawrence athletic teams, though it took a few years for the name to stick.
February 19, 1917: A parade made up of prominent Appleton citizens, Lawrence students, faculty and pep bands marked the beginning of the fundraising campaign for the building of what was then called the "Lawrence chapel-auditorium"
February 19, 1989: Lawrence students and Appleton citizens succeeded in claiming the title of "Most People Sledding Down a Hill in a Toboggan" with 187 people on a 104-foot toboggan. The event was memorialized in the 1989 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
February 19, 2010: Singer Bobby McFerrin returned to Lawrence for the fourth time and led a performance of "Migrations," a concert suite written by the director of jazz studies, Fred Sturm.
February 20, 1914: Formal installation ceremonies were held for Lawrence's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Gamma Chapter of Wisconsin. Four women students were the first to be initiated.
February 22, 1922: One of the worst ice storms ever to hit Wisconsin struck on this day, with 1-2 inches of ice in Appleton downing power lines and snapping trees.
February 22, 1924: Women on campus held the first documented "Best Loved" event, an annual tradition until 1967.
February 24, 1969: Students from the Afro-American Association presented President Curtis Tarr with a list of 10 demands.

What's new?

Newly Digitized Materials

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 9:15am
In the past year, Archives students and staff have invested a lot of time and energy into digitizing several new sets of material. We are excited to announce that the following digitized materials are now available online: Ariel Yearbooks, 1897-1911: This is an addition to our existing collection of yearbooks online, which was previously a … Continue reading Newly Digitized Materials

Archives Month, 2017

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:32am
What’s that you say? It’s Archives Month again?! That’s right. Here’s how we’re celebrating this year: For those of you on Instagram: we’ve just launched a brand new LU Archives Instagram account! We’ll use this platform to share photographs and videos of materials from our collections, fun finds, as well as some behind-the-scenes views of the … Continue reading Archives Month, 2017

Hours and location

During the academic year, the Archives is usually open Monday-Friday, 1-5pm. To ensure staff availability, appointments are strongly encouraged. Please contact archivist Erin Dix at archives@lawrence.edu or (920) 832-6753 to schedule an appointment.

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

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