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...

April 25, 1853: Excavation for Main Hall began.
April 25, 1932: President Wriston announced that starting in 1933, Lawrence would offer a tutorial system which would give students more freedom in directing their own education and allow them to work closely with faculty.
April 27, 1935: Dr. George Works, a professor at the University of Chicago, spoke at a convocation on the tactics used by the Nazi government to control the behavior of students at German universities.
April 28, 1898: Seven Lawrence University students and one alumnus enlisted in Company G, Light Infantry, Wisconsin Volunteers, and departed for service in the Spanish-American War.
April 29, 1914: Booker T. Washington gave an address before Lawrence students and citizens of Appleton in the Methodist Church.
April 29, 1966: The first of what became the annual Great Midwest Trivia Contest was broadcast on WLFM, beginning at 10pm and lasting 29 hours.

What's new?

Class of 2017 Archives Project

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:27am
Calling all seniors: the LU Archives is seeking to expand our documentation of student life at Lawrence, and we need your help! This is an opportunity to reflect on and share with future generations of Lawrentians a bit about what life has been like for you as a student at Lawrence in the 2010s. If … Continue reading Class of 2017 Archives Project

World War I at Lawrence

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 4:36pm
This April marks the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into the First World War. As it did across the US and particularly in colleges and universities, the war had profound effects at Lawrence. Among the changes brought about during these years: Enrollment dropped quickly after war was declared as men students … Continue reading World War I at Lawrence

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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