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...

February 15, 1856: An article in the Milwaukee Sentinel described Main Hall: “This building is the largest and best of its kind in the West.”
February 17, 1990: What would go on to claim the title "World's Largest Popsicle" in the 1990 edition of the Guinness Book of World records was created by Lawrence students, with the help of Boldt Construction, and displayed at Appleton's Icescape winter festival.
February 18, 1926: "The Vikings" received 252 of 408 student votes cast for a new name for Lawrence athletic teams, though it took a few years for the name to stick.
February 19, 1917: A parade made up of prominent Appleton citizens, Lawrence students, faculty and pep bands marked the beginning of the fundraising campaign for the building of what was then called the "Lawrence chapel-auditorium"
February 19, 1989: Lawrence students and Appleton citizens succeeded in claiming the title of "Most People Sledding Down a Hill in a Toboggan" with 187 people on a 104-foot toboggan. The event was memorialized in the 1989 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
February 19, 2010: Singer Bobby McFerrin returned to Lawrence for the fourth time and led a performance of "Migrations," a project organized by director of jazz studies, Fred Sturm.

What's new?

Winter Carnival history

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 3:14pm
Lawrentians have been coping with Wisconsin winters since classes began in 1849. The Archives has accounts of students having sleigh-rides and making maple candy in the 1850s. In 1928, the athletics department organized a “winter sports carnival” – this featured inter-class competitions in skating, skiing, and tobogganing and was held for just a couple of … Continue reading Winter Carnival history

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

Hours and location

During the winter 2017 academic term, the Archives will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, 1-5pm, or by appointment outside of those hours. Please contact us at archives@lawrence.edu or (920) 832-6753 to schedule an appointment.

The Archives is located on Level B of the Seeley G. Mudd Library, between floors 2 and 3.

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