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...

December 10, 1929: Count Felix von Luckner, also known as the "sea devil," gave a lecture sponsored by the Appleton Woman's Club in the Chapel. The Count was celebrated for waging war without taking any casualties by inviting the crew of a ship aboard his own ship the "Sea Eagle" before sinking his target.
December 11, 1923: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed in the Memorial Chapel.
December 14, 1928: President Wriston announced that all social events would be postponed until after the New Year due to an "epidemic" of bronchitis and severe colds.
December 14, 1939: President Barrows announced a $275,000 building project for the fraternity quadrangle which would include six buildings for the six fraternities on campus at the time.
December 15, 1937: In response to Japanese attacks in China, a "Peace group" at Lawrence began boycotting Japanese silk. The president of the group, Margaret Seip, also asked that students who supported the boycott should not date anyone who chose to wear silk socks or stockings.

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 winter break, the Archives will have limited open hours. To ensure staff availability, appointments are encouraged - 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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