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...

April 17, 1917: President Plantz announced that all athletic contests were to be cancelled as a wartime measure.
April 17, 1972: Six students from the Afro-American Association protested inadequate resources for African American students by occupying the business-administrative offices in the Carnegie Library.
April 19, 1865: A memorial service for President Abraham Lincoln, assassinated five days earlier, was held in the chapel of Main Hall, with all students and citizens of Appleton in attendance.
April 20, 1924: The first of many annual performances of Handel's Messiah, with 225 voices, was performed in the Memorial Chapel, led by Carl Waterman. The Lawrentian reported that "several hundred people had to be turned away."
April 22, 1936: A Peace Parade of 400 students marched around campus and was forbidden to cross Drew Street at College Avenue. Students were clubbed by the Appleton Police, and the event received national coverage.

What's new?

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

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

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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