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Office of the President

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Collection Overview

Title: Milwaukee-Downer College Records, 1848-2008View associated digital content.

ID: MDC-RG/003

Primary Creator: Milwaukee-Downer College

Other Creators: Lawrence University

Extent: 93.51 Linear Feet. More info below.


Materials are arranged in eleven series approximating the arrangement of the Milwaukee-Downer College Records owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Series 1: Office of the President, 1909-1964

Series 2: Board of Trustees, 1895-1964

Series 3: Business Office, 1890-1964

Series 4: Dean's Office, 1925-1964

Series 5: Registrar's Office, circa 1895-1964

Series 6: Faculty, 1896-1964

Series 7: Student Activities, 1891-1964

Series 8: Alumnae, 1871-2008

Series 9: Public Relations Office, 1938-1964

Series 10: History Files, 1848-2004

Series 11: Photographs, 1927-1964

Subjects: Education, Higher -- Administration, Milwaukee-Downer College, Milwaukee-Downer College -- Alumnae, Milwaukee-Downer College -- Faculty and staff, School songs, Women's colleges -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee, Women college students

Forms of Material: account books, correspondence, minutes, photographic prints, reports, scores, scrapbooks, songbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains the administrative, financial, and historical records of Milwaukee-Downer College, primarily dating from 1895 to 1964. Records of its predecessor institutions, Downer College and Milwaukee College, dating back to 1848 are also included, as well as records documenting the activities of Milwaukee-Downer alumnae since the consolidation with Lawrence College in 1964. Materials include correspondence, financial records, and subject files of the Board of Trustees, Office of the President, Business Office, and other administrative units, as well as records documenting student activities and academic departments. Bulletins and catalogs, student yearbooks and newspapers, photographs, and scrapbooks are also included.

Collection Historical Note

Milwaukee-Downer College was formed in 1895 with the consolidation of two women's colleges, Milwaukee College and Downer College of Fox Lake, Wis. Milwaukee College had been founded in 1851 as the "Milwaukee Normal Institute and High School." Wisconsin Female College was founded in Fox Lake in 1855; its name was changed to Downer College in 1889 following a bequest by Judge Jason Downer.

Ellen Sabin, who began as Downer College's president in1891, went on to serve as the president of Milwaukee-Downer College until 1921. She was succeeded by Lucia Briggs, who served as president until 1951. John B. Johnson was the third president of Milwaukee-Downer College, serving from 1951 to 1964.

Milwaukee-Downer College consolidated with Lawrence College in 1964 to form Lawrence University. Its 43-acre campus was sold to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Subject/Index Terms

Education, Higher -- Administration
Milwaukee-Downer College
Milwaukee-Downer College -- Alumnae
Milwaukee-Downer College -- Faculty and staff
School songs
Women's colleges -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
Women college students

Administrative Information

Repository: Lawrence University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 113 boxes and 287 volumes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research, with exceptions for personnel and student records noted in the contents list.

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

Acquisition Method: The bulk of these records were acquired by Lawrence University following the consolidation in 1964. Records in the Alumnae series have accumulated over time since that date.

Related Materials: Another subset of Milwaukee-Downer College Records is held by the Wisconsin Historical Society. The finding aid for this collection is available here: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mil0000l.

Preferred Citation: Milwaukee-Downer College Records. MDC-RG-003. Lawrence University Archives, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Processing Information: Portions of the collection preliminarily processed before 2014. Full processing and finding aid completed by Erin Dix, 2014.

Finding Aid Revision History: Box numbers revised, 2016-12.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Office of the President, 1909-1964],
[Series 2: Board of Trustees, 1895-1964],
[Series 3: Business Office, 1890-1964],
[Series 4: Dean's Office, 1925-1964],
[Series 5: Registrar's Office, circa 1895-1964],
[Series 6: Faculty, 1896-1964],
[Series 7: Student Activities, 1891-1964],
[Series 8: Alumnae, 1871-2008],
[Series 9: Public Relations Office, 1938-1964],
[Series 10: History Files, 1848-2004],
[Series 11: Photographs, 1927-1964],

Series 7: Student Activities, 1891-1964
Sub-Series 1: Subject files, 1899-1964
Box 27
Folder 1: Athletic Association, Athletic Conference of American College Women newsletter, 1922
Folder 2: Athletic Association, Constitution and by-laws, 1901-1961
Folder 3: Athletic Association, Correspondence and receipts, 1917-1962
Folder 4: Athletic Association, Meeting minutes, 1899-1961
Extent: 18 folders
Box 28
Folder 1: Athletic Association, Record book, 1911-1935
Folder 2: Athletic Association, Treasurers book, 1929-1963
Box 29
Folder 1: Directories, 1918-1952, 1963
Extent: 2 folders
Folder 3: Le Cercle Francais, 1915-1936
Folder 4: City Students, 1924-1930
Folder 5: Home Economics Club, 1920-1937
Includes recipe book, "Our Favorites: By Senior Home Economics Class 1920 of Milwaukee-Downer College," April 1920
Folder 6: Latin Club, undated
Folder 7: Latin League, circa 1935-1936
Folder 8: Liebling Club, 1918-1934
Folder 9: Marie Wollpert Verein (German Club), 1927-1954
Folder 10: Phi Beta Kappa, 1940
Folder 11: Student Government Association, 1917-1962
Folder 12: Studio Club, 1934
Box 30
Folder 1: Hat Hunt, "An Analysis of Hat Hunt in Relation to Conformity to Group Pressures," by Sandy Erickson, 1960
Folder 2: Hat Hunt, Hat Book, 1900-1940
Folder 3: Hat Hunt, Hat Book, 1941-1963
Folder 4: Hat Hunt, lists of Hat Girls, 1908-1964
Folder 5: Hat Hunt, photographs, circa 1900-1950View associated digital content.
Folder 6: Hat Hunt, photographs, circa 1950-1964View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Hat Hunt, photographs, circa 1953
Folder 8: Hat Hunt, photographs, 1962-1964
Acquisition Information: Donated by Joan Bennison '66, 2017-04-11.
Folder 9: Hat Hunt, photographs of the hat, 1908-1996
Folder 10: Hat Hunt, rules, 1903-1959
Folder 11: Hat Hunt, scrapbook, circa 1925
Folder 12: Hat Hunt, scrapbook, 1955
Folder 13: Hat Hunt, sources used by Walter Peterson for Historical Messenger article, 1964
Box 31
Folder 1: Hat Hunt, articles and historical information, 1931-1983
Folder 2: Hat Hunt, newspaper clippings, 1925-1964
Folder 3: Hat Hunt, photograph and written clue, 1948
Acquisition Information: Donated by Joan Hill '50, 2015-01-23.
Folder 4: Hat Hunt, scrapbook, 1927
Box 32
Folder 1: Red class of 1959 memorabilia, circa 1955-1959
Sub-Series 2: Publications, 1891-1964
Sub-Series 1: Cumtux yearbooks, 1898-1962
1910-1918 are in Box 58-59.
Extent: 113 volumes
Sub-Series 2: The Kodak literary magazine, 1891-1964
Includes unbound issues 1891-1964 (Box 61) and 24 bound volumes 1894-1949
Box 33
Folder 1: The Snapshot newspaper, 1944-1959View associated digital content.
Extent: 5 folders
Folder 6: The Downer Dial newspaper, 1959-1964View associated digital content.
Folder 7: C.C. Ann. Uncci, 1936-1937
Folder 8: Sharpened Quills, 1925-1929
Publication of the Milwaukee-Downer Seminary
Folder 9: Undergraduate Verse, 1950
Box 34
Folder 1: Student handbooks, 1915-1964
Extent: 6 folders

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Office of the President, 1909-1964],
[Series 2: Board of Trustees, 1895-1964],
[Series 3: Business Office, 1890-1964],
[Series 4: Dean's Office, 1925-1964],
[Series 5: Registrar's Office, circa 1895-1964],
[Series 6: Faculty, 1896-1964],
[Series 7: Student Activities, 1891-1964],
[Series 8: Alumnae, 1871-2008],
[Series 9: Public Relations Office, 1938-1964],
[Series 10: History Files, 1848-2004],
[Series 11: Photographs, 1927-1964],

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