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...

June 19, 1889: A dedication ceremony was held for Ormsby Hall, the first women's residence hall at Lawrence.
June 20, 1899: The dedication ceremony was held for Stephenson Hall of Science.
June 22, 1904: The Trustee Committee on the Library reported that "it was absolutely imperative that...means be provided to relieve the intolerable congestion existing in the present library," at the time located in Main Hall.
June 26, 1879: President Elias DeWitt Huntley was installed at Lawrence University's fourth president.
June 26, 1971: Lawrence University was recognized as the first coeducational college in the state of Wisconsin and named an Official Wisconsin Landmark and historical site at the regional meeting of the Wisconsin Council for Local History.
June 29, 1853: The ceremony for laying the cornerstone of Main Hall took place, and the first president of the University, Edward Cooke, was installed.
June 29, 1906: Olivia Slocum Sage gave $100,000 to Lawrence University to build a women's dormitory as a memorial to her husband, Russell Sage.

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 summer, the Archives is open by appointment only to ensure staff availability. 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.