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William F. Raney Papers

Identifier: LU-MS-197
This collection contains papers documenting the research and teaching activities of William F. Raney, professor of history at Lawrence University from 1920 to 1955. The bulk of the collection consists of papers related to Raney's research and writing of a history of Lawrence University from 1955 until his death in 1962, including note cards, primary source materials, and drafts. Some materials related to his research and writing of Wisconsin: A Story of Progress and other local, regional and state history research activities are also included. Among the papers Raney gathered for this work is a set of letters and financial documents from the family of Ira J. Smith dating from about 1857 to 1890. A set of 16 scrapbooks created by Raney containing clippings from Wisconsin newspapers dating from 1934 to 1943 is also included in the collection.


  • 1847-1984
  • 1920-1962


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.


9.83 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

Method of Acquisition

Accession 2013-06 donated to the Archives by Gillian J. R. von Seeger, 2013-07-16. Personal finance ledger, 1924-1925, donated to the Archives by Charles Breunig, 1996. The source, date, and method of acquisition for other materials in this collection are unknown.

Related Publications

See William F. Raney's The History of Lawrence University, 1847-1925:

Processing Information

Detailed arrangement completed by Carol Butts, circa 1990-2000. Collection-level record created by Erin Dix, 2016. Fully processed by Erin Dix, 2018.
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Repository Details

Part of the Lawrence University Archives Repository

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