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...

July 18, 1963: President Douglas M. Knight announced that the largest individual gift in Lawrence's history up to that point was made by former general manager of the International Paper Company, Casper E. Youngchild, in order to build what would become the Casper E. Youngchild Hall of Science.
July 19, 1850: The second academic year at Lawrence began.
July 23, 1984: Lightning struck the flag pole on top of Main Hall, splintering the pole and causing extensive damage to the top of the cupola.
July 25, 1914: Myra Goodwin Plantz, wife of President Samuel Plantz and a highly successful fundraiser for Lawrence, died. The Memorial Chapel is dedicated in part to her memory.
July 27, 1944: New president Nathan Pusey was introduced to the student body in a Convocation.
July 28, 1963: Construction began on Youngchild Hall, tripling the floor space for the science departments and providing for improved facilities and equipment for faculty and student use.

What's new?

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

Class of 2017 Archives Project

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:27am
Calling all seniors: the LU Archives is seeking to expand our documentation of student life at Lawrence, and we need your help! This is an opportunity to reflect on and share with future generations of Lawrentians a bit about what life has been like for you as a student at Lawrence in the 2010s. If … Continue reading Class of 2017 Archives Project

Hours and location

During the summer, the Archives is open by appointment only to ensure staff availability. 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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