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Convocations Collection

Identifier: LU-RG00-004
This collection includes materials documenting the annual convocation series at Lawrence University dating from 1880 to the present. The bulk of the collection consists of convocation programs. Other materials include articles, photographs, and the text of matriculation convocation speeches.


  • 1880-2023


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights and copyright reside with Lawrence University. For uses beyond those allowed for fair use under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.), please contact the University Archivist.


1.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Biographical or Historical Information

Today’s convocations are distant relatives of what were originally, in Lawrence’s earliest years, twice daily required chapel services. By 1926, these services were held once daily, and they were called convocations. The name was changed in 1926 to reflect a de-emphasis on religion. During these years, these gatherings were used for sharing announcements and business items. They often included worship-service elements, music performances, and special addresses from faculty or visitors to campus. Over time, convocations became less frequent – instead of daily, they were held weekly, then monthly, and so on. The Convocation series in its current form (a few guest Convocations during the year, bookended by Matriculation and Honors Convocations) was established by the Committee on Public Occasions in 1978-1979.

Note written by Erin Dix

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject or format and then chronologically by academic year.

Method of Acquisition

Materials have been acquired over time. The date at which this began is unknown.

Accruals and Additions

Materials from convocations will continue to be placed in this collection.

Processing Information

Inventory completed by Julia Stringfellow, 2009.


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Repository Details

Part of the Lawrence University Archives Repository

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