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...

November 29, 1979: Installation ceremony for Lawrence University's fourteenth president, Richard (Rik) Warch.
December 2, 1908: A special meeting of the Board of Trustees was held in which President Plantz recommended that the name of the institution be changed from Lawrence University to Lawrence College for all publications. He also advocated against changing the charter (the charter was amended to incorporate the name change in 1913.)
December 3, 1925: The Lawrentian editors announced that the paper would henceforth be published semi-weekly, "so that we may receive news rather than history."
December 3, 1956: Appleton mayor R. L. Roemer proclaimed the week beginning on this day to be "Lawrence College Week" in support of Lawrence's Development Fund for Greater Service.

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 winter break, the Archives will have limited open hours. 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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