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...

September 26, 1894: The installation ceremony for Lawrence University's seventh and longest-serving president, Samuel Plantz, was held.
September 27, 1951: Students protested what they termed President Pusey's "ban on necking" at Memorial Union - a reaction to administrative action limiting social interaction in fraternity and sorority spaces to chaperoned events.
September 28, 1964: This was the first day of classes for Lawrence University following the consolidation with Milwaukee-Downer College.
September 29, 1955: The university delayed the beginning of the school year by two weeks in order to ensure that no incoming students would be exposed to the polio outbreak that afflicted Appleton during the summer.
September 30, 1997: Tony Kushner opened the 1997-1998 convocation series with his address, "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism."
October 2, 1965: The first football game was played in the newly dedicated Lawrence Bowl, with 5,400 spectators cheering on Lawrence in their first home game in the stadium against St. Olaf College, winning 26-21.

What's new?

Early Native American Students

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 3:06pm
In writings about Lawrence’s founding, you might have come across references to Native American students. There are a couple of quotations or statistics that have been cited regularly in publications about Lawrence, especially older ones: Lawrence was founded to provide “gratuitous advantage to both sexes of Germans and Indians.” Often mistakenly attributed to Amos Adams … Continue reading Early Native American Students

Class of 2016 Archives Project

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 8:54am
Calling all seniors: the LU Archives is seeking to expand our documentation of student life at Lawrence, and we need your help! This is an opportunity to reflect on and share with future generations of Lawrentians a bit about what life has been like for you as a student at Lawrence in the 2010s. If … Continue reading Class of 2016 Archives Project

Hours and location

During the academic year, the Archives is generally open Monday through Friday, 1-5pm. 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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