Mission

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 12, 1849: Classes began at Lawrence University with about 40 students enrolled. By the end of the academic year, the records showed 105 students in attendance.
November 12, 2014: Lawrence held its first annual Giving Day, raising over $1.1 million for The Lawrence Fund.
November 13, 1924: President Samuel Plantz passed away suddenly in Sturgeon Bay, WI.
November 13, 1959: Richard M. Nixon, vice president and presidential candidate at the time, gave a talk in the Chapel.
November 13, 1987: Dizzy Gillespie was a guest at the Jazz Celebration Weekend, where he both participated in an informal discussion and performed with the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble.
November 14, 1919: Three hundred alumni returned to Lawrence for the first Homecoming celebration, featuring a football game against arch-rival Ripon College. Homecoming became an annual tradition, lasting until 2004.
November 16, 1964: Folk singer Pete Seeger performed in the Memorial Chapel.
November 17, 1961: The faculty voted to approve a change in the academic calendar from semesters to trimesters, to begin in the fall of 1962.
November 18, 1943: Architect Frank Lloyd Wright came to the Lawrence campus to give a convocation address as well as participate in a luncheon, an architecture class, and an informal discussion with faculty, students, and members of the Appleton community.

What's new?

Newly Digitized Materials

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 9:15am
In the past year, Archives students and staff have invested a lot of time and energy into digitizing several new sets of material. We are excited to announce that the following digitized materials are now available online: Ariel Yearbooks, 1897-1911: This is an addition to our existing collection of yearbooks online, which was previously a … Continue reading Newly Digitized Materials

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

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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