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 23, 1851: The first recorded debate for the men's literary society, the Amphictyon Association, was held, on the subject: "Resolved that from the signs of the times we have reason to expect a dissolution of the union."
October 24, 1991: The dedication ceremony for Shattuck Hall was held.
October 25, 1961: Folk singer Joan Baez performed in the Memorial Chapel.
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 (now Chapman Hall) was dedicated. Downer provided a food service that could accommodate 600 faculty and students.
October 26, 2001: Chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall gave a speech titled "A Reason for Hope" in the Memorial Chapel as part of a fundraiser for the Mosquito Hill Nature Center in New London.
October 26, 2013: The installation ceremony for Mark Burstein, Lawrence University's sixteenth president, 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: Plantz Hall was dedicated.
October 27, 1967: Kohler Hall was dedicated.
October 28, 1944: Nathan Pusey was installed as Lawrence University's tenth president.

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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