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 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, 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

Recent projects

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:52pm
Archives student assistants Colby Lewis ’17 and Emma Lipkin ’19 have been busy over the past several months with some exciting projects. Here are the highlights: Emma inventoried and photographed more than 300 artifacts (3-D objects) associated with Lawrence history. These range from t-shirts to trophies to items that are more difficult to classify… Colby … Continue reading Recent projects

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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