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...

May 22, 1925: Lawrence students held the first All-College Dance. The Lawrentian reported: "undesirable 'jazz' will be eliminated…regular dance music will be played, but there will be no mutes, no cow bells, or the like used."
May 23, 1969: Experimental rock musician Frank Zappa performed an 80-minute set in the Memorial Chapel.
May 24, 2000: The dedication ceremony for the Lincoln Reading Room in the Seeley G. Mudd Library was held.
May 27, 1854: The capstone dedication ceremony marked the near completion of Main Hall. The ceremony was attended by Appleton residents and an "excellent Sax Horn Band."

What's new?

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

World War I at Lawrence

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 4:36pm
This April marks the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into the First World War. As it did across the US and particularly in colleges and universities, the war had profound effects at Lawrence. Among the changes brought about during these years: Enrollment dropped quickly after war was declared as men students … Continue reading World War I at Lawrence

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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