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Lawrence College and Milwaukee-Downer College Consolidation Collection


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Collection Overview

Title: Lawrence College and Milwaukee-Downer College Consolidation Collection, 1960-2018View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1963-1964

ID: LU-RG01/015

Primary Creator: Lawrence University

Other Creators: Milwaukee-Downer College

Extent: 1.2 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject or format.

Date Acquired: 09/27/2005

Subjects: Education, Higher -- Administration, Milwaukee-Downer College

Forms of Material: correspondence, newspaper clippings

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains records documenting the 1964 consolidation of Milwaukee-Downer College with Lawrence College to form Lawrence University. Official and legal documents, correspondence between the two institutions regarding the logistics of transferring people and materials, financial records, and publications describing the consolidation, including newspaper articles, are included. The bulk of the records date from 1963 to 1965, but materials discussing the future of Milwaukee-Downer that pre-date the consolidation, as well as materials documenting anniversaries of the consolidation, are also included.

Collection Historical Note

Milwaukee-Downer College, founded in 1895 with the consolidation of Milwaukee Female College and Downer College, was a prominent women's college in Milwaukee during the first half of the 20th century. By 1950, enrollment at Milwaukee-Downer was declining, and by 1962-1963, the trustees were forced to consider other arrangements. The decision to consolidate with then Lawrence College was announced jointly in Milwaukee and Appleton on October 22, 1963. The consolidation became official on July 1, 1964, and the institution adopted the name Lawrence University. In the fall of 1964, 21 Downer faculty members and 49 students transferred to Lawrence. The 43-acre Milwaukee campus was sold to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Subject/Index Terms

Education, Higher -- Administration
Milwaukee-Downer College

Administrative Information

Repository: Lawrence University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research. Student files in Box 4 are restricted until 2042, and faculty files in Box 4 are restricted until 2039.

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

Acquisition Method: Materials have been acquired over time.

Preferred Citation: Lawrence College and Milwaukee-Downer College Consolidation Collection. LU-RG01-015. Lawrence University Archives, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Processing Information: Preliminarily processed prior to 2005. Final processing and finding aid completed by Erin Dix, 2013.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Box 4],
[Folder Oversized: Large newspaper clippings, 1960-1965],

Box 2
Folder 1: Department of Occupational Therapy, 1963-1967
Folder 2: Department of Occupational Therapy, accreditation, 1965
Folder 3: Department of Occupational Therapy, annual report, 1965
Folder 4: Department of Occupational Therapy, grants, 1965-1966
Folder 5: Endowment funds from Milwaukee-Downer, circa 1964
Folder 6: Financial statements, 1964
Folder 7: Materials provided to trustees for first Lawrence University Board of Trustees meeting, 1964
Folder 8: Milwaukee-Downer faculty who transferred, 1963-1964
Folder 9: Milwaukee-Downer students who transferred, 1963-1964
Folder 10: Official documents, including Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of Lawrence University, 1964View associated digital content.
Folder 11: Photographs, 1963-2001View associated digital content.
Folder 12: Planning documents, announcements, and press release, 1963View associated digital content.
Folder 13: Publication, "Strength through Union", circa 1963-1964
Folder 14: Remley, Arthur, materials related to merger, 1963-1993

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