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Lucia R. Briggs Papers, 1921-1990 | Lawrence University Archives

By Katherine Elchert

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Title: Lucia R. Briggs Papers, 1921-1990View associated digital content.

ID: MDC-MS/002

Primary Creator: Briggs, Lucia

Other Creators: Milwaukee-Downer College

Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Materials are arranged alphabetically by format.

Subjects: Briggs, Lucia, Education, Higher -- Administration, Milwaukee-Downer College, Women college presidents

Forms of Material: newspaper clippings, photographic prints

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes the correspondence of Lucia R. Briggs, the second President of Milwaukee-Downer College, along with articles written about and by her. It also contains photographs documenting Briggs’s 30 year tenure at Milwaukee-Downer College.

Collection Historical Note

Lucia R. Briggs, president of Milwaukee-Downer College from 1921-1951, was born in 1887. As the daughter of LeBaron Russell Briggs, Dean of Harvard (1891-1902), of its Faculty of Arts and Science (1902-1925) and President of Radcliffe College (1903-1925), Briggs was experienced with campus life. After graduating from Radcliffe College in 1909, and going on to receive her M.A. in 1912, Briggs spent several years teaching on the East coast.

During her 1921 inaugural address, Briggs pledged to continue the tradition of liberal arts at Milwaukee-Downer College. Like her predecessor, Ellen Sabin, Briggs valued the combination of a broad liberal arts curriculum along with the need for practical, professional training. Throughout her presidency, the endowment of the college significantly increased, student enrollment grew and new buildings were added to the Milwaukee campus. Under her tenure, the curriculum was increasingly strengthened and reorganized. Retiring from office in 1951, Briggs passed away nine years later on January 10, 1960.

Subject/Index Terms

Briggs, Lucia
Education, Higher -- Administration
Milwaukee-Downer College
Women college presidents

Administrative Information

Repository: Lawrence University Archives

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Property rights and copyright reside with Lawrence University.  For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Milwaukee-Downer College after it merged with Lawrence University in 1964

Preferred Citation: Lucia R. Briggs Papers. MDC-MS002.  Lawrence University Archives, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Processing Information: Preliminary processing was done prior to 2005. Further processing and finding aid was completed by Katherine Elchert, 2008.

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Box 1
Folder 1: Articles about Briggs, 1926-1990
Folder 2: Articles by Briggs, 1921-1943View associated digital content.
Folder 3: Correspondence, academic gown, 1975-1976
Folder 4: Correspondence, Carnegie Corporation Art Collection 1930, 1926-1930
Folder 5: Correspondence, Chester, Mrs. William and Chapman Gift, 1935
Folder 6: Correspondence, general, 1926-1950
Folder 7: Correspondence, Klingler, Mrs. Charles, 1935
Folder 8: Correspondence, Schmidt, Margaret and Thompson, Mrs. H.F., 1935
Folder 9: Correspondence, Sheels (crew boats), 1932-1938
Folder 10: Photographs of Briggs, circa 1920-1950View associated digital content.

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