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Researching Lawrence History   Tags: history, lawrence university  

An introduction to sources available for researching topics related to the history of Lawrence University or Milwaukee-Downer College.
Last Updated: Jan 11, 2017 URL: http://guides.lib.lawrence.edu/luhistory Print Guide

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Introduction

A few books have been published about Lawrence history over time. These are often good starting places for becoming familiar with the basic chronology of our history or getting an overview of your research topic.

Local history books

Books about Lawrence

  • "A Great and Good Work": A History of Lawrence University, 1847-1964
    By Charles Breunig, 1994. 315 pages.
    A scholarly history of Lawrence from the founding up until the consolidation with Milwaukee-Downer College in 1964. Footnotes included. The library has 4 copies available to be checked out.
  • The History of Lawrence University, 1847-1925
    By William F. Raney, limited run published 1984. 493 pages.
    A scholarly history of Lawrence from the founding until the beginning of Henry Wriston's presidency. Footnotes included. Available digitally.
  • Creation of a Campus
    By Marguerite Schumann, 1957. 99 pages.
    A non-scholarly history of "Lawrence College buildings and the men who made them." Footnotes not included. The library has 5 copies available to be checked out.
 

Other sources

Some general information about Lawrence and Milwaukee-Downer history is also published on the LU Archives website.

This includes a brief history of Lawrence, brief history of Milwaukee-Downer, information about campus buildings, Freshman Studies, the Institute of Paper Chemistry, and symbols and traditions.

Other background information might be found in Archives blog posts.

Books about Milwaukee-Downer

  • The Milwaukee-Downer Woman
    By Lynne Kleinman, 1997. 60 pages.
    A monograph based on the author's doctoral dissertation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1991. It focuses on the period from 1895 to 1921 during Ellen Sabin's presidency, but includes some discussion of the years up to the 1964 consolidation with Lawrence. Footnotes not included. Available digitally.
  • Prelude to Merger...
    By Sherwin Howard, 1980. 252 pages.
    A doctoral dissertation on the consolidation of Lawrence and Milwaukee-Downer Colleges. Footnotes included. The library has 1 copy available to check out.
  • The History of Milwaukee-Downer College, 1851-1951
    By Grace Kieckhefer, 1950. 124 pages.
    A history of Milwaukee-Downer published in honor of its centennial in 1951. Footnotes not included. Available digitally.
  • The History of Downer College
    By H. A. Miner, 1920. 48 pages.
    A history of Downer College in Fox Lake, Wisconsin - one of Milwaukee-Downer's two predecessor institutions. Footnotes not included. The library has 2 copies available to check out.
  • Annals of Milwaukee College, 1848-1891
    By William Wight, 1891. 49 pages.
    A history of Milwaukee College - one of Milwaukee-Downer's two predecessor institutions. Footnotes not included. Available digitally.
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