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...

January 17, 2005: Lawrence held the first annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
January 18, 1956: Halfway through construction, the fourth floor of Colman Hall started on fire.
January 18, 1965: The Mayor of Appleton, Clarence Mitchell, proclaimed a day of tribute to the Lawrence University quiz team that retired after winning five straight games in the General Electric College Bowl.
January 19, 1934: It was decided that starting in 1935, Lawrence seniors would be required to take a comprehensive exam particular to their major in order to graduate. The exams would be expected to take between 6 to 12 hours over the course of two days.

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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

Early Native American Students

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 3:06pm
In writings about Lawrence’s founding, you might have come across references to Native American students. There are a couple of quotations or statistics that have been cited regularly in publications about Lawrence, especially older ones: Lawrence was founded to provide “gratuitous advantage to both sexes of Germans and Indians.” Often mistakenly attributed to Amos Adams … Continue reading Early Native American Students

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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