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...

January 15, 1847: An Act to Incorporate Lawrence Institute of Wisconsin was signed by the Territorial Legislature.
January 17, 2005: Lawrence held the first annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
January 17, 1970: U.S. Senator from Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson spoke at the "Environmental Pollusion: Crisis and Challenge" symposium convened by the Lawrence biology department.
January 18, 1855: Our earliest surviving Faculty meeting minutes are from this date.
January 18, 1956: Halfway through construction, the fourth floor of Colman Hall started on fire.
January 18, 1965: The Mayor of Appleton, Clarence Mitchell, proclaimed a day of tribute to the Lawrence University quiz team that retired after winning five straight games in the General Electric College Bowl.
January 19, 1934: It was decided that starting in 1935, Lawrence seniors would be required to take a comprehensive exam particular to their major in order to graduate.
January 19-20, 1897: Students, faculty, and alumni celebrated the university's semi-centennial. This was Lawrence's first major anniversary celebration.

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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