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John R. Newbury Papers

Identifier: LU-MS-005
This collection is composed of the correspondence and miscellaneous papers of John R. Newbury, a member of the Lawrence University class of 1930. The bulk of the materials date from Newbury’s time as a student at Lawrence from 1926 to 1930. In addition to correspondence received from family and friends while in school, the collection contains materials documenting the men’s Glee Club and the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, coursework, as well as a series of student expense books in which Newbury detailed his daily expenses during his four years in school.


  • 1922-2004
  • Majority of material found within 1926-1930


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Lawrence University does not hold the copyright for all materials in this collection. Uses beyond those allowed for fair use under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) require the researcher to secure permission from the copyright holder.


0.80 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Biographical or Historical Information

John R. Newbury was born in Burlington, Wisconsin in 1903. He attended Lawrence beginning in the fall of 1926, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in the spring of 1930. During his time at Lawrence, John was actively involved in Phi Kappa Tau and Pi Delta Epsilon. He toured with the Glee Club during his sophomore and junior years, worked for the Lawrentian during his sophomore and junior years and served as its business manager in his senior year, and participated in Schola Cantorum for all four years. After graduating from Lawrence, John settled in Appleton and briefly worked as a dairy deliveryman before starting his own set-up box company in 1936. The company, Appleton Paper Products, supplied boxes for a number of Appleton businesses. He married Edna Newbury in 1938, and they had two daughters. John retired in 1964. He remained actively involved with Lawrence University alumni groups and reunion activities until his death in 2004. He and his wife provided endowed funds for the John and Edna Newbury Scholarship at Lawrence.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject or format of material, then chronologically at the file level.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Sandy Yerxa (daughter of John Newbury), 2004. Additional papers (primarily coursework) donated by Sandy Yerxa, 2017-01-24. Additional papers donated by Sandy Yerxa and Nancy Luetschwager, 2022-04-06.

Separated Materials

The following publications were removed from this collection and cataloged with the library general collection: Home Games and Parlor Amusements. Chicago : Montgomery Ward & Co., 1909. Russell, Bertrand. Free Thought and Official Propaganda. New York: B. W. Huebsch, Inc., 1922. Saunders, Alta Gwinn. Effective Business English As Applied to Business Letters and Reports. New York: Macmillan, 1926. Fairchild, Fred Rogers, etc. Elementary Economics, Vol. II. New York: Macmillan, 1927.

Processing Information

Processed by Erin Dix, 2011.
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Revision Statements

  • 2017-02-01: Revised to incorporate addition
  • 2022-04-11: Revised to incorporate addition

Repository Details

Part of the Lawrence University Archives Repository

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