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Our collections database contains descriptions (including box and folder inventories) of many collections held in the Archives, as well as selected digitized content. The site is a work in progress; not all collections are yet indexed here.

If you have questions about our collections, please contact us at or (920) 832-6753.

About Our Collections

The Archives currently holds about 2,000 linear feet of collections. These collections represent a wide variety of unpublished materials from both Lawrence and Milwaukee-Downer College, including presidential papers; records from University offices and departments; papers of faculty and alumni; and a number of scrapbooks, photographs, and artifacts. The Archives also houses collections of published materials such as yearbooks, student newspapers, and other campus publications. Collections date back as far as the founding of Lawrence in the mid-1840s, and new materials are continually acquired.

Milwaukee-Downer College Collections

Milwaukee-Downer College consolidated with Lawrence College to form Lawrence University in 1964. Archives collections documenting Milwaukee-Downer include a large set of college records that was transferred to Lawrence with the consolidation, files documenting people and subjects associated with Milwaukee-Downer, and a number of scrapbooks and personal papers collections that have been donated to the Archives since the consolidation.

Another large collection of Milwaukee-Downer’s records is owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society and held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Archives. A full description of these materials is in ArCat, the WHS Archives catalog.

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