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Milwaukee-Downer College Records

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Office of the President

Board of Trustees

Business Office

Dean's Office

Registrar's Office

Faculty

Student Activities

Alumnae

Public Relations Office

History Files

Photographs



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Milwaukee-Downer College Records, 1848-2008 | Lawrence University Archives

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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.

Arrangement:

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, Women's colleges -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee, Women college students

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
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


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[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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Series 11: Photographs, 1927-1964
Many photographs are contained in the Milwaukee-Downer College Subject Files, MDC-RG-002.
Box 54
Folder 1: Miss Sabin Builds Her Campus slide program, undated
script and slides.
Extent: 2 folders
Folder 3: Set of 25 campus photographs by Grogan Photo System, Inc., circa 1920
Folder 4: Slides, circa 1953-1964
Extent: 6 folders
Item 1: Rolled panoramic photographs, 1927-1930
Box 55
Item 1: Photograph album, 1940-1960View associated digital content.
Contains about 60 photographs of the Milwaukee-Downer College campus and students, circa 1940 to 1960.
Box 9
Folder 4: Oversize photographs, circa 1940-2002
Box 32
Folder 1: Oversize class portraits, 1901-1961
Folder Oversize: Oversized class portraits and panoramas, 1907-1962

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[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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