The Lawrence University Archives collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials that document the history of both Lawrence University and Milwaukee-Downer College.  Located in the Seeley G. Mudd Library, it serves as a resource for Lawrence students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the wider community.

On This Day in Lawrence History...

May 2, 1961: Ella Fitzgerald perfomed at the Lawrence Memorial Chapel, drawing a full crowd.
May 2, 2002: A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Hiett Hall.
May 3, 1987: The folk rock music duo Indigo Girls performed in the Memorial Union coffeehouse.
May 3, 1866: Frederick Douglass delivered an address entitled "The Asssassination and Its Lessons" in the chapel of Main Hall.
May 4, 1970: Lawrence students marched down College Avenue protesting both the deaths of four students who were killed at Kent State and President Nixon's war efforts in Cambodia.
May 5, 2005: The installation ceremony for Lawrence University's fifteenth president, Jill Beck, was held.
May 8, 1945: President Nathan Pusey announced that a new curriculum for freshmen, Freshman Studies, would begin the following fall.

What's new?

Newly digitized films!

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:36am
We are excited to announce that a new set of 16mm films from the LU Archives has recently been digitized and made available on YouTube, thanks to a gift from Mary Jo Powell ’75. The nine films added to the digitized collection span from 1927 to 1973 and include amateur footage as well as professional … Continue reading Newly digitized films!

Presidential Visitors to Lawrence

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 9:07am
‘Tis the season for presidential campaigning. In the past 100-plus years, Lawrence has received visits from many candidates and campaigners of different party affiliations: October 26, 1911: William Howard Taft, sitting president (not campaigning), spoke on the steps of Main Hall March 21, 1944: Wendell Willkie, Republican candidate for president, spoke in the Chapel November … Continue reading Presidential Visitors to Lawrence

Hours and location

During the academic year, the Archives is generally open Monday through Friday, 1-5pm. 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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