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...

June 29, 1853: The ceremony for laying the cornerstone of Main Hall took place, and the first president of the University, Edward Cooke, was installed.
July 1, 1857: Lawrence University's first Commencement ceremony was held for the four men and three women in the first graduating college class.
July 1, 1964: The consolidation between Lawrence College and Milwaukee-Downer College took effect and the institution's name became Lawrence University.
July 2, 1936: The Lawrence College Vacation Tour set sail for Europe on the SS Hamburg from New York.
July 3, 1848: The frame for the preparatory (academy) building, the first building on campus, was raised.

July 4, 1935: Henry M. Wriston's thirty-sixth birthday and the date he accepted the position as President of Lawrence University.
July 5, 1943: This date marked the beginning of classes on a new year-round schedule which would allow Lawrence students to "…obtain the maximum amount of college education before entering the armed services, and will also help meet the increasing demands for college trained women."

What's new?

Class of 2016 Archives Project

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 8:54am
Calling all seniors: the LU Archives is seeking to expand our documentation of student life at Lawrence, and we need your help! This is an opportunity to reflect on and share with future generations of Lawrentians a bit about what life has been like for you as a student at Lawrence in the 2010s. If … Continue reading Class of 2016 Archives Project

Addition to online Lawrentian collection

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 11:44am
Three years ago, we debuted an online collection of digitized issues of The Lawrentian available through our institutional repository.  The collection contained issues dating from 1923 to 1992, digitized from microfilm at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Since this time we have added issues dating from 2006 to the present. But until recently we had a … Continue reading Addition to online Lawrentian collection

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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