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...

December 11, 1923: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed in the Memorial Chapel.
December 12, 1941: In response to the attack on Pearl Harbor, The Lawrentian published an article headlined: "Is Lawrence Doomed to be a Girl's School?"
December 14, 1928: President Wriston announced that all social events would be postponed until after the New Year due to an "epidemic" of bronchitis and severe colds.
December 14, 1939: President Barrows announced a $275,000 building project for the fraternity quadrangle which would include six buildings for the six fraternities on campus at the time.
December 17, 1918: The Memorial Chapel was dedicated on this date, one month after the Armistice ending World War I was signed, in honor of the 11 Lawrence students who died in military service.

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 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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