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...

October 24, 1991: The dedication ceremony for Shattuck Hall was held.
October 26, 1911: President William Howard Taft spoke to a huge crowd from the steps of Main Hall.
October 26, 1968: The Jason Downer Center, a cafeteria that could accommodate 600 faculty and students (now Chapman Hall), was dedicated.
October 26, 2013: The installation ceremony for Lawrence University's sixteenth president, Mark Burstein, was held.
October 27, 1898: A disastrous fire nearly destroyed the almost-completed Stephenson Hall of Science. Newspapers reported that Ormsby and Main Halls were saved from burning by "a squad of students on the roofs."
October 27, 1961: The cornerstone-laying and dedication ceremony for Plantz Hall was held.
October 27, 1967: Kohler Hall was dedicated.
October 28, 1944: Nathan Pusey was installed as Lawrence University's tenth president.
October 30, 1917: A seven-course banquet was held in celebration of the dedication of Sage Hall, a residence hall for women.

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 academic year, the Archives is generally open Monday through Friday, 1-5pm. 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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