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 23, 1929: William Appleton Lawrence, the grandson of the university's founder, Amos A. Lawrence, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.
April 25, 1853: Excavation for Main Hall began.
April 25, 1932: President Wriston announced that starting in 1933, the university would begin a tutorial system which would allow students greater freedom in directing their own educational endeavors based on their interests.
April 27, 1935: Dr. George Works, a professor at the University of Chicago, gave a convocation address 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 trivia contest was broadcasted beginning at 10pm and lasting 29 hours.

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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