For transferring University records, please refer to our guidance on Records Management.
The Lawrence University Archives collects unique materials that document the history of Lawrence and Milwaukee-Downer College. Each collection in the Archives contributes to a broad, nuanced documentation of Lawrence as an institution and a community. Collections also serve as primary resources for teaching and research by Lawrence University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the wider community. Donations to the Archives directly support these pursuits.
What to Donate
The Archives is primarily interested in complete collections which fully document the life and work of individuals and organizations affiliated with Lawrence or Milwaukee-Downer, but will often accept single items as well. We cannot accept donations which are in poor condition (moldy, insect-ridden, or otherwise) unless they are of extraordinary intellectual value.
From alumni or students: Correspondence, memoirs and reminiscences, diaries, scrapbooks and photo albums, photographs, and audiovisual materials that reflect your time at Lawrence
From faculty or staff: Correspondence, memoirs and reminiscences, diaries, scrapbooks and photo albums, professional papers, syllabi and course materials, speeches and lectures, photographs, and audiovisual materials
For more details on our collecting priorities, please refer to our Collection Development Policy.
How to make a donation
If you are considering a donation, please contact the archivist. Once the details of a donation are agreed upon, both parties sign a deed of gift. This deed transfers ownership of the records to the University and ensures that we are able to make materials available to researchers. Please note that the Archives cannot provide monetary appraisal of any donated items.
Resources for Care of Personal Collections
Caring for Your Collections, from the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate
Preparing, Protecting, Preserving Your Family Treasures, from the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate
Caring for Your Family Archives, from the National Archives (U.S.)
Guidelines for Creators of Personal [Electronic] Archives, from the Paradigm Project (Personal Archives Accessible in Digital Media)