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Title: Banta Bowl Collection, 1962-2016View associated digital content.

ID: LU-RG08/008

Primary Creator: Lawrence University

Extent: 0.6 Linear Feet

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

Subjects: Banta, George, Jr., Banta Bowl, Lawrence University -- Buildings

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 Banta Bowl, the site of Lawrence University football games and other athletic events. The Lawrence Bowl was built in 1965 and renamed Banta Bowl in 1978. Correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, and photographs are included in the collection.

Collection Historical Note

Banta Bowl was built in 1965 and initially called the Lawrence Bowl. The dedication of the new structure took place on October 2, 1965, was the largest Lawrence gathering of the year, and brought several former Lawrence presidents back to Lawrence. The site was a gift of an anonymous donor, and the stadium contained 5,400 seats. The stadium was sunk in the ravine just east of Whiting Field. The Bowl cost $35,000 to complete and was rededicated in 1978 as the Banta Bowl, named in honor of its donor, George Banta, Junior. Banta served as a member and chairman of the Lawrence Board of Trustees from 1930 until his death in 1977. He was also chairman and president of the board of the Banta Publishing Company of Menasha. The Banta Bowl continues to be the location of Lawrence football games and other athletic events. A major renovation was completed in 2015.

Subject/Index Terms

Banta, George, Jr.
Banta Bowl
Lawrence University -- Buildings

Administrative Information

Repository: Lawrence University Archives

Accruals: Materials on Banta Bowl will continue to be collected and placed in this collection by the University Archivist.

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 Banta Bowl 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.

Preferred Citation: Banta Bowl Collection. LU-RG08-008.  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, 2010.

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Folder 1: Articles regarding construction and dedication, 1962-1965
Folder 2: Construction, correspondence and contracts, 1962-1965
Folder 3: Dedication, convocation, correspondence and programs, 1965
Folder 4: Dedication, correspondence, guest list, and information, 1964-1965
Folder 5: Dedication, correspondence, Banta, George, 1964-1966
Folder 6: Dedication, correspondence, Hulbert, Marshall, 1965-1966
Folder 7: Dedication, correspondence, Rosebush, John, 1964-1965
Folder 8: Dedication, correspondence, Tarr, Curtis, 1965
Folder 9: Dedication, football game, correspondence, 1965
Folder 10: Dedication, programs, 1965View associated digital content.
Folder 11: General information, articles and correspondence, 1965-2000
Folder 12: Photographs, construction, 1963View associated digital content.
Folder 13: Photographs, dedication ceremony and rededication ceremony, 1965-1978View associated digital content.

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