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Title: Amos Adams Lawrence Correspondence, 1844-2003View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1844-1858

ID: LU-MS/006

Primary Creator: Lawrence, Amos Adams (1814-1886)

Other Creators: Sampson, William Harkness (1808-1902), Smith, Reeder, 1804-1892

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Subjects: Appleton (Wis.) -- History, Founding of Lawrence University, Lawrence University

Forms of Material: correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains the correspondence of Amos Adams Lawrence pertaining to his business interests in Wisconsin, primarily dating from 1844 to 1858. Letters in the collection primarily address Lawrence's investments and land matters, while a minority of letters pertain to the founding of Lawrence University. Articles and biographical information about Amos Adams Lawrence are also included in the collection.

Collection Historical Note

"Lawrence, Amos Adams, 1814-86, American colonizer and philanthropist, b. Boston, grad. Harvard, 1835; nephew of Abbott Lawrence. A prosperous commission merchant and manufacturer of textiles, Lawrence gave liberally to abolitionist movements such as the Emigrant Aid Company. His interest in education led him to aid in the establishment of Lawrence College, Appleton, Wis., and a college at Lawrence, Kans. (the city was named for him), which became the nucleus of the Univ. of Kansas. Lawrence was also a generous benefactor of Harvard and of the Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Mass."

Source: "Lawrence, Amos Adams". In The Columbia Encyclopedia. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. http://proxy.lawrence.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/columency/lawrence_amos_adams/0 (accessed January 15, 2015.)

Subject/Index Terms

Appleton (Wis.) -- History
Founding of Lawrence University
Lawrence University

Administrative Information

Repository: Lawrence University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 6 boxes and 4 volumes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Materials authored or received by Amos Adams Lawrence are in the public domain. Property rights reside with Lawrence University.

Physical Access Note: As a preservation measure, researchers must consult the typescript volumes of correspondence (1844-1858) rather than the originals.

Acquisition Method: Volume of transcribed letters (1846-1851) donated to the Lawrence University library by Amos Adams Lawrence in 1880. Four bound volumes of Lawrence's original correspondence (1846-1858) were likely donated to the University by Lawrence's heirs following his death in 1886. All other materials accumulated by the Lawrence University Archives over time.

Related Materials: A full collection of Amos Adams Lawrence's papers resides at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Preferred Citation: Amos Adams Lawrence Correspondence. LU-MS-006. Lawrence University Archives, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Processing Information: Processed by Erin Dix, 2015.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Biographical information, 1859-2003],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1844-1858],

Series 2: Correspondence, 1844-1858
Box 1
Folder 4-5: Letters selected by William F. Raney, typescript, 1846-1857View associated digital content.
Contains an introduction written by William F. Raney circa 1959, in addition to the transcribed letters, in which he states: "After his death in 1886, [Lawrence's] heirs transferred to Lawrence University, as the college was then called, a considerable body of papers relating to his interests in Wisconsin. Most of them were concerned with his investments in land and kindred matters. Among these business papers, however, were a few letters and documents in which he revealed, all too briefly, what he thought about colleges in general and the particular reasons for his educational enterprise in Wisconsin. These papers, with a few preserved elsewhere, are presented in the following pages."
Folder 6: Assorted handwritten letters, 1846-1852
Folder 7: Assorted typescript letters, 1847-1848
Folder 8: Article of agreement, land at Grand Chute, 1848-11-01
Folder 9: Indenture, 1850-11-25
Folder 10: Letter to Sarah Appleton Lawrence, 1857-05-16
Folder 11: Letter from George Day, Lawe gift, 1857-11-26
Folder 12: Letter concerning education of "Indian youth", circa 1847-1849View associated digital content.
Item 1: Amos A. Lawrence Letters volume, 1846-1851View associated digital content.
Inscribed: "These letters contain many things not related to the University. They were copied from the original letters by Mr. Ireland: March 1853. My answers to these letters so far as here inserted are upon the backs of the letters, sometimes hastily written. Since Nov. 1, 1849 my letters have been copied by a press into my own letters book. Amos A. Lawrence, Ap. 4. 1853." Contents of this volume largely overlap with correspondence contained in the volumes of original bound correspondence and typescript copies, but some materials (48 items, according to William F. Raney and Charles Breunig, who each cite this volume as "Blankbook" in their written histories of Lawrence) are unique.
Item 2: Original Letters from the Correspondence of Amos A. Lawrence Relating to the Establishment of Lawrence College, 1844-1858
Four bound volumes of original correspondence sent and received by Amos A. Lawrence. There are also transcribed, typescript copies of each volume, likely completed circa 1959.
Item 1: Volume 1, 1844-1849
Item 2: Volume 2, 1849-1850
Item 3: Volume 3, 1850-1853
Item 4: Volume 4, 1853-1858

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