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...

May 16, 1857: On his only trip to Appleton from his home in Boston, Amos Lawrence wrote home to his wife: “On the whole, I conclude that this is a pretty good monument for you and me, and Uncle Sam [Samuel Appleton.] It will stand in future generations and be blessing the country and the world when we shall have crumbled away. It is a great and good work, and I am glad to have had a hand in it.”
May 17, 1971: The Board of Trustees approved a recommendation by President Thomas Smith to allow floor-by-floor co-ed housing, beginning in Trever Hall.
May 19, 1973: The Fox Valley Renaissance Festival was held on Main Hall green and was considered a great success. The festival involved displays of handcrafts, live music and theatrical performances, a jousting tournament, archery, fencing and "human chess."
May 19, 1997: Maya Angelou delivered a Convocation address in the Memorial Chapel.
May 20, 1976: The Seeley G. Mudd Library was formally dedicated, though it had opened for use the previous spring.

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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