The Lawrence University Archives collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials that document the history of both Lawrence University and Milwaukee-Downer College.  Located in the Seeley G. Mudd Library, it serves as a resource for Lawrence students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the wider community.

On This Day in Lawrence History...

February 2, 1928: The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to build the new Alexander Gymnasium on the south side of the Fox River.
February 3, 1930: Instruction began at the Institute of Paper Chemistry, a graduate school affiliated with Lawrence until 1989.
February 6, 1899: The first local fraternity at Lawrence, Theta Phi, received permission to exist on campus.

What's new?

Founders Day, 2016

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 8:58am
This Friday, January 15th, 2016, is Founders Day at Lawrence. It marks the 169th anniversary of the granting of Lawrence’s charter by the Wisconsin Territorial legislature. In honor of this occasion, we’re hosting an Archives Open House! Stop by the Archives (Level B in the library) anytime 1-5pm on Friday to: learn about Lawrence’s founding … Continue reading Founders Day, 2016

New Library Displays

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 8:22am
Two new displays by Archives student assistants are on view in the front entrance to the Library: “Rephotography” by Emma Lipkin ’19, and “‘Occupy Lawrence’ (1972): Black Students and White Allies Take a Stand Against Institutional Racism” by colby lewis ’17. Using different means and to different ends, both displays explore a theme of Lawrence … Continue reading New Library Displays

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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