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...

Notice any patterns?

October 16, 1997: The dedication ceremony for Briggs Hall was held.
October 16, 2003: The dedication ceremony for Hiett Hall was held.
October 17, 1925: A crowd of 5,000 attended the dedication of Whiting Field.
October 17, 1963: Two ceremonies were held: one for Trever Hall's dedication and another for Curtis Tarr's installation as Lawrence's twelfth president.
October 19, 1906: The dedication ceremony for the Carnegie Library was held.
October 19, 1974: A ceremony was held for the laying of the cornerstone of the Seeley G. Mudd Library.
October 19, 2000: The dedication ceremony for Science Hall, now Thomas A. Steitz Hall of Science, was held.
October 22, 1963: The consolidation between Lawrence College and Milwaukee-Downer College was announced and dominated the headlines in both Milwaukee and Appleton.
October 23, 1851: The first recorded debate for the men's literary society, the Amphictyon Association, was held, on the subject: "Resolved that from the signs of the times we have reason to expect a dissolution of the union."

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 academic year, the Archives is generally open Monday through Friday, 1-5pm. 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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