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...

August 7, 2006: President Beck announced the largest philanthropic gift to Lawrence to date, an anonymous $15 million donation.
August 9, 1848: At their second annual meeting, the LU Board of Trustees finalized their decision to locate the institution at what was then known as "Grand Chute."
August 15, 1993: The original Bjorklunden lodge was heavily damaged by fire, destroying much of the original murals, furniture and woodwork by Winifred Boynton. The entire lodge was razed soon after the fire.
August 20, 1846: Amos A. Lawrence wrote to Reeder Smith, commissioning him to investigate the possibility of establishing a college on his land in Wisconsin.
August 22, 1886: Amos A. Lawrence, one of the founders and the namesake of Lawrence University, died at his home in Massachusetts.

What's new?

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

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

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.

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