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...

February 27, 1903: Lawrence University authorized the existence of local fraternity Delta Iota, which became nationally affiliated with Delta Tau Delta in 1935.
March 2, 1960: The Viking Room opened in the Memorial Union as the place to go "if you don't know what to do and don't feel like studying." (Beer was not served in the V.R. until 9 years later.)
March 5, 1920: Irish poet William Butler Yeats lectured in the Memorial Chapel, part of his transcontinental lecture tour.

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Winter Carnival history

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 3:14pm
Lawrentians have been coping with Wisconsin winters since classes began in 1849. The Archives has accounts of students having sleigh-rides and making maple candy in the 1850s. In 1928, the athletics department organized a “winter sports carnival” – this featured inter-class competitions in skating, skiing, and tobogganing and was held for just a couple of … Continue reading Winter Carnival history

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

Hours and location

During the winter 2017 academic term, the Archives will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, 1-5pm, or by appointment outside of those hours. Please contact us 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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