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.

We are living history and the Lawrence University Archives needs your help!

The Lawrence University Archives is collecting student, faculty, and staff responses to the ever-changing situation presented by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

We ask that you share any content you have created or collected as a response to the changes made at Lawrence University, including, but not limited to documents, policies, art, photos, journal-entries, and correspondence.

Teaching and outreach

The LU Archives supports creative teaching and learning by serving as a laboratory for classes working with primary research materials. Hands-on interaction with archival sources has many benefits for students. Faculty interested in having classes use the Archives are welcome to contact the archivist at any time. We have worked with courses in history, art history, film studies, musicology, anthropology, studio art, theatre arts, English, and other disciplines.

We are also more than happy to collaborate with other departments on campus, student groups, or local organizations on outreach activities such as exhibits, programs, or presentations.

Use our database to search or browse descriptions of all Archives collections, also called finding aids. Need help navigating the Archives Catalog? This how-to guide can help!

Hosted via Artstor, these digital items include photographs, documents, and artifacts. More information on how to search within Artstor can be found on their website.

The Lawrentian, selected yearbooks, oral histories, and more from Lawrence and Milwaukee-Downer history.

Records management

Records management is the systematic control of records throughout their life cycle - from their creation or receipt to their disposal or transfer to Archives. At Lawrence, these records may include minutes, invoices, reports, recordings, emails, and so on. For faculty and staff wondering how long to keep this stuff around and what to do with it, the Archives can provide consultation.

For more information about records management at Lawrence, visit our records management guide.