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 5, 1941: Marian Anderson, celebrated African-American contralto, performed at an Artist Series concert in the Chapel. She was prohibited from eating in the Conway Hotel's public restaurant.
December 7, 1941: Hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor shocked the nation, the annual performance of Handel's Messiah was held in the packed Memorial Chapel and broadcast over the local radio stations.
December 8, 1941: In lieu of the weekly Monday Convocation, students listened to the radio broadcast of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressing Congress and the nation in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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.

What's new?

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 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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