Special Collections

The special collections of the Seeley G. Mudd Library cover a wide range in topic, age, and rarity. While our interesting and varied collections range greatly in topic, all are important to the history of Lawrence, Appleton and Milwaukee-Downer College. The library houses the following special collections.

Milwaukee-Downer Collection Civil War Collection Wisconsin Collection Kruse Collection

Overview of the Collections

Lawrence University has four named special collections that constitute approximately 7,200 titles with particular strength in Americana of the nineteenth century, including the American Civil War, the Wisconsin Territory and the state of Wisconsin.

Using the Collections

Items from the Civil War and Milwaukee-Downer Collections do not circulate, but may be used in the library. See our Use of Special Collections page to learn more about use of the collections or contact a reference librarian. Items from the Kruse and Wisconsin Collections do circulate and may be checked out from the library. 

Special Collections Blog

Special Collections for Enhancing Classroom Experience

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 2:06pm
Written by Jill G. Thomas, Director of Technical Services This academic year the Mudd Library welcomed five classes that engaged with our special collections: History of the Book, ENGL 527/HIST 385; Early Medieval Art and Architecture, ARTHI 210; Gothic and Northern Renaissance Art and Architecture, ARTHI 213, Intermediate Artist Books, ART 322; and Lincoln: Revolutionary … Continue reading Special Collections for Enhancing Classroom Experience