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 19, 1989: Lawrence students and Appleton citizens succeeded in claiming the Guinness World Record for "Most People Sledding Down a Hill in a Toboggan" with 187 people on a 104-foot toboggan.
February 19, 2010: Singer Bobby McFerrin returned to Lawrence for the fourth time and led a performance of "Migrations", a suite of pieces composed by the director of jazz studies, Fred Sturm.
February 20, 1914: Formal installation ceremonies were held for Lawrence's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Gamma Chapter of Wisconsin. Four women students were the first to be initiated.
February 21, 1968: Poet Allen Ginsberg made headlines in Appleton when he and 40 Lawrence students apparently performed an "exorcism" at the grave of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
February 22, 1922: One of the worst ice storms ever to hit Wisconsin struck on this day, with 1-2 inches of ice in Appleton downing power lines and snapping trees.
February 23, 1972: Henry Jackson, Democrat candidate for president, spoke in Stansbury Theater.
February 24, 1917: Lawrence raised $1,554 beyond the goal of $62,500 to build the Memorial Chapel, matching the amount donated by an anonymous Appleton citizen. $10,000 was also raised for a new pipe organ for the chapel.
February 24, 1969: A group of students from the Afro-American Association presented President Curtis Tarr with a list of 10 demands.
February 25, 1954: The installation ceremony for President Douglas Knight was held.

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 academic year, the Archives is usually open Monday-Friday, 1-5pm. To ensure staff availability, appointments are strongly encouraged. Please contact archivist Erin Dix 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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