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...

March 27, 1883: President Huntley resigned.
March 29, 1972: George Wallace, Democrat candidate for president, spoke in the Chapel.
March 29, 1984: George H.W. Bush, Republican candidate for president, spoke in the Chapel.
March 30, 2012: Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for president, spoke in Stansbury Theater.
March 31, 1984: Lawrence students stayed for 24 hours in abandoned fallout shelter in Trever Hall to raise awareness and protest the global nuclear arms race.
April 1, 1968: The faculty voted its approval for the establishment of the Lawrence University Community Council (LUCC) by an overwhelming majority.
April 1, 2016: Former President Bill Clinton, campaigning for Hillary (Democrat candidate for president), spoke in Warch Campus Center.
April 2, 1951: A party was held celebrating the opening of the Memorial Union. The celebration marked the end of the extra efforts of 500 Lawrence faculty and students who put in extra hours of cleaning and general maintenance in order for the Union to open on time.

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Winter Carnival history

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 3:14pm
Lawrentians have been coping with Wisconsin winters since classes began in 1849. The Archives has accounts of students having sleigh-rides and making maple candy in the 1850s. In 1928, the athletics department organized a “winter sports carnival” – this featured inter-class competitions in skating, skiing, and tobogganing and was held for just a couple of … Continue reading Winter Carnival history

Archives Month, 2016

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 1:20pm
Once again, it’s everyone’s favorite time of year: October is American Archives Month! At the LU Archives, we like to recognize this month with some special activities. Here’s what we have lined up for this year: Wednesday, October 5th: We’ll be participating in #AskAnArchivist Day. Tweet us questions – about Lawrence or Milwaukee-Downer history, about … Continue reading Archives Month, 2016

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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