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

Italian Renaissance Books Discovered

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 3:59pm
Written by Jill G. Thomas, Director of Technical Services While looking through some library records, I recently discovered an interesting set of books. To investigate further, I pulled down two that were the oldest, 1565 and 1575.  They are both very nice octavos, vellum bound, but the best part is that they are printed by … Continue reading Italian Renaissance Books Discovered

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