Welcome!

The Lawrence University Archives collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials that document the history of both Lawrence University and Milwaukee-Downer College.  Located in the Seeley G. Mudd Library, it serves as a resource for Lawrence students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the wider community.

On This Day in Lawrence History...

April 25, 1853: Excavation for Main Hall began.
April 25, 1932: President Wriston announced that starting in 1933, Lawrence University would welcome a tutorial system which would give students more freedom in directing their own educational endeavors based off of their interests.
April 27, 1935: Dr. George Works, a professor at the University of Chicago, spoke at convocation on the tactics used by the Nazi government to control the behavior of students at German universities.
April 28, 1898: Seven Lawrence University students and one alumnus enlisted in Company G, Light Infantry, Wisconsin Volunteers, and departed for service in the Spanish-American War.
April 29, 1914: Booker T. Washington gave an address before Lawrence students and citizens of Appleton in the Methodist Church.
April 29, 1966: The first of what came to be known as the annual Great Midwest Trivia Contest was broadcast beginning at 10pm and lasting 29 hours.

What's new?

Newly digitized films!

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:36am
We are excited to announce that a new set of 16mm films from the LU Archives has recently been digitized and made available on YouTube, thanks to a gift from Mary Jo Powell ’75. The nine films added to the digitized collection span from 1927 to 1973 and include amateur footage as well as professional … Continue reading Newly digitized films!

Presidential Visitors to Lawrence

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:07am
‘Tis the season for presidential campaigning. In the past 100-plus years, Lawrence has received visits from many candidates and campaigners of different party affiliations: October 26, 1911: William Howard Taft, sitting president (not campaigning), spoke on the steps of Main Hall March 21, 1944: Wendell Willkie, Republican candidate for president, spoke in the Chapel November … Continue reading Presidential Visitors to Lawrence

Hours and location

During the academic year, the Archives is generally open Monday through Friday, 1-5pm. To ensure staff availability, appointments are encouraged - 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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