Mission

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.

Interested in supporting our mission by donating materials to our collections? Find out more

Teaching and Outreach

The LU Archives supports creative teaching and learning by serving as a laboratory for classes working with primary research materials. Hands-on interaction with archival sources has many benefits for students. Faculty interested in having classes use the Archives are welcome to contact the archivist at any time. We have worked with courses in history, art history, film studies, musicology, anthropology, studio art, theatre arts, English, and other disciplines.

We are also more than happy to collaborate with other departments on campus, student groups, or local organizations on outreach activities such as exhibits, programs, or presentations.

Records Management

Records management is the systematic control of records throughout their life cycle - from their creation or receipt to their disposal or transfer to Archives. At Lawrence, these records may include minutes, invoices, reports, recordings, emails, and so on. For faculty and staff wondering how long to keep this stuff around and what to do with it, the Archives can provide consultation.

The Lawrence University General Records Retention Schedule specifies retention periods and disposition instructions for many common University records. For further information about records management at Lawrence, visit our records management guide.