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...

February 20, 1914: Formal installation ceremonies were held for Lawrence's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Gamma Chapter of Wisconsin. Four women students were the first to be initiated.
February 21, 1968: Poet Allen Ginsberg made headlines in Appleton when he and 40 other Lawrence students apparently performed an "exorcism" at the grave of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
February 21, 2000: The Dean of Students Office and the Multicultural Affairs Committee named this day "Respect Day" in response to a string of hate-related vandalism.
February 22, 1922: One of the worst ice storms ever to hit Wisconsin struck on this day, with 1-2 inches of ice in Appleton downing power lines and snapping trees.
February 23, 1972: Henry Jackson, Democrat candidate for president, spoke in Stansbury Theater.
February 24, 1917: Lawrence raised $1,554 beyond the goal of $62,500 to build the Memorial Chapel, matching the amount donated by an anonymous Appleton citizen. $10,000 was also raised for a new pipe organ for the chapel.
February 25, 1954: The installation ceremony for Douglas Knight was held.

What's new?

Winter Carnival history

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 3:14pm
Lawrentians have been coping with Wisconsin winters since classes began in 1849. The Archives has accounts of students having sleigh-rides and making maple candy in the 1850s. In 1928, the athletics department organized a “winter sports carnival” – this featured inter-class competitions in skating, skiing, and tobogganing and was held for just a couple of … Continue reading Winter Carnival history

Archives Month, 2016

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 1:20pm
Once again, it’s everyone’s favorite time of year: October is American Archives Month! At the LU Archives, we like to recognize this month with some special activities. Here’s what we have lined up for this year: Wednesday, October 5th: We’ll be participating in #AskAnArchivist Day. Tweet us questions – about Lawrence or Milwaukee-Downer history, about … Continue reading Archives Month, 2016

Hours and location

During the winter 2017 academic term, the Archives will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, 1-5pm, or by appointment outside of those hours. Please contact us 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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