Special Collections

The special collections of the Seeley G. Mudd Library cover a wide range in topic, age, and rarity. While our interesting and varied collections range greatly in topic, all are important to the history of Lawrence, Appleton, and Milwaukee-Downer College. The library houses the following special collections.

Milwaukee-Downer Collection Civil War Collection Wisconsin Collection Kruse Collection

Overview of the Collections

Lawrence University has four named special collections that constitute approximately 7,200 titles with particular strength in Americana of the nineteenth century, including the American Civil War, the Wisconsin Territory, and the state of Wisconsin.

Using the Collections

Items from the Civil War and Milwaukee-Downer Collections do not circulate, but may be used in the library. See our Use of Special Collections page to learn more about use of the collections or contact a reference librarian. Items from the Kruse and Wisconsin Collections do circulate and may be checked out from the library. 

Special Collections Blog

What’s New in Special Collections? New Lincoln Collection Items

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:42pm
The Mudd Library recently processed some excellent pieces for the Lincoln Collection. Some of these items are currently on display in the case outside the Lincoln Reading Room. Although received previously, these first three pamphlets were just this year added into the collection. All three are a gifts from one of the collection’s benefactors, Robert […]

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