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.

On This Day in Lawrence History...

August 6, 1999: President Warch, members of the Executive Committee, and science faculty witness the "topping out" of the new Science Hall - the placing of the last, uppermost piece of structural steel.
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?

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.

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