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Title: Alexander Gymnasiums I and II Collection, 1905-2007View associated digital content.

ID: LU-RG08/002

Primary Creator: Lawrence University

Extent: 0.8 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject and type of material, then chronologically at the file level.

Subjects: Alexander, Lewis M., Alexander Gymnasium I, Alexander Gymnasium II, Lawrence University -- Buildings, Wriston, Henry M. (Henry Merritt), 1889-1978

Forms of Material: correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographic prints

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of materials documenting the history of Alexander Gymnasiums I and II. The first gymnasium was built in 1901, and the second one was built in 1929. Correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, and photographs are included in the collection.

Collection Historical Note

Alexander Gymnasium, located where Youngchild Hall of Science is now, was built in 1901. Funding for the gymnasium was provided by Lewis M. Alexander, president of the Lawrence Board of Trustees. After the construction of Alexander Gymnasium II in 1929, Alexander Gymnasium I was used solely by female students. The first gymnasium was also where students took final exams. Each student had an assigned seat and the rooms were proctored by faculty. Alexander Gymnasium I was razed in 1963.

Alexander Gymnasium II, Lawrence's current gymnasium, was built as the first Alexander Gymnasium became too small to accommodate the growing student population. The land where the second gymnasium was built was purchased by Lewis M. Alexander, who also provided funding to build the gymnasium. The architects of Alexander Gymnasium II were Frank A. Childs and William J. Smith of Chicago. When Alexander Gymnasium II was completed in 1929, the speaker at the dedication ceremony was Jesse Feiring Williams of Columbia University.

Alexander Gymnasium II continues to be used by the Lawrence community for athletic events to this day.

Subject/Index Terms

Alexander, Lewis M.
Alexander Gymnasium I
Alexander Gymnasium II
Lawrence University -- Buildings
Wriston, Henry M. (Henry Merritt), 1889-1978

Administrative Information

Repository: Lawrence University Archives

Accruals: Materials on Alexander Gymnasiums I and II will continue to be collected and placed in this collection by the University Archivist.

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 Boxes

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: Materials on Alexander Gymnasiums I and II were collected and placed in the Archives vertical file prior to 2005. The donor and source of the materials, as well as who collected them and arranged them in the vertical file is unknown.

Related Materials: Oversized Photographs, LU-AV-005.

Preferred Citation: Alexander Gymnasiums I and II Collection. LU-RG08-002.  Lawrence University Archives, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Processing Information: Preliminary processing was done prior to 2005, date and processor unknown. Further processing and finding aid was done by Julia Stringfellow, 2009.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Alexander Gym I],
[Series 2: Alexander Gym II],

Series 2: Alexander Gym II
Box 1
Folder 1: Articles, 1922-2007
Folder 2: Booklet done at time of building dedication, November 1929
Folder 3: Correspondence, architects Childs and Smith regarding building, 1923-1933View associated digital content.
Extent: 4 folders
Folder 7: Correspondence, general, 1923-1979
Folder 8: Correspondence, interior renovations, 1963-1964
Folder 9: Correspondence, landscape and location, 1927-1928
Folder 10: Correspondence, Lewis Alexander plaque, 1954
Folder 11: Correspondence, site of gymnasium, 1926-1928View associated digital content.
Folder 12: Dedication ceremony, includes correspondence and programs, 1929View associated digital content.
Folder 13: Miscellaneous materials, 1932-1973
Folder 14: Photographs, aerial views, 1932-1974View associated digital content.
Folder 15: Photographs, cornerstone ceremony, November 1928View associated digital content.
Folder 16: Photographs, construction, 1928-1929View associated digital content.
Folder 1 of 2
Box 2
Folder 1: Photographs, construction, 1928-1929
Folder 2 of 2
Folder 2: Photographs, exterior, 1929-1986
Folder 3: Photographs, groundbreaking ceremony, June 1928View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Photographs, interior, basketball court, 1937-1987
Folder 5: Photographs, interior, boiler room, foyer, locker room, and miscellaneous, circa 1929-1985View associated digital content.
Folder 6: Photographs, interior, swimming pool, circa 1929-1986View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Photographs, renovation, 1986
Folder 8: Renovation and rededication planning materials, 1984-1986
Folder 9: Subscriptions, 1923-1926
Folder 10: United States Naval Reserve, Electronics Facility Program, 1947-1959
Folder Oversized: Architect's sketch, 1928
Stored with oversized materials.

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