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.

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 JSTOR, these digital items include photographs, documents, and artifacts. More information on how to search for images within JSTOR can be found on their website.

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

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.