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Colman Family Collection

Identifier: LU-MS-023
This collection consists of materials related to several members of the Colman family who attended or were otherwise connected with Lawrence University since its founding, including Henry Root Colman, Henry Colman, and Lucinda Darling Colman. The bulk of the collection consists of Lucinda Darling Colman's handwritten "Memory Pictures," written between 1923 and 1930. Colman recalls her childhood, attending Lawrence in the 1850s, and her travels on the west and east coasts from 1906 through 1914. The remainder of the collection includes photographs and biographical articles pertaining to other members of the Colman family.


  • 1853-1988


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials authored by Lucinda Darling, Henry, and Elihu Colman are in the public domain. For all others, 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.


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Biographical or Historical Information

Rev. Henry Root Colman (1800-1895) was a Methodist Minister who took charge of the Oneida Methodist mission near Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1840. Following Amos Lawrence's offer to contribute funds for establishing a college in the region, he was commissioned to assist in founding Lawrence University. He went on to serve as a trustee from 1847 to 1855. His son, Henry Colman (1834-1927), was one of the first graduates of Lawrence University in 1857. Henry married Lucinda Survina Darling (1835-1930), also an 1857 graduate of Lawrence, in 1860. Henry also became a Methodist minister, in 1861. He and Lucinda served as principal and preceptress of Evansville Seminary in Rock County, WI from 1863 to 1867, whereafter Henry served multiple Wisconsin pastorates. He was also a trustee of Lawrence from 1871 until his death in 1927, and both he and Lucinda remained actively involved in supporting Lawrence throughout their lives. Colman Hall, constructed in 1956, is named in honor of Lucinda.

Arrangement Note

Materials is arranged alphabetically by name.

Method of Acquisition

Lucinda Darling Colman's "Memory Pictures" were donated to the Archives in December, 2010 by Carol Colman Timmis. The remaining materials were collected by the Archives prior to 2005.

Related Materials

Diplomas awarded to Henry and Lucinda Colman are housed with the

Processing Information

Memoir processed and transcribed by Samantha Smith, and finding aid completed by Erin Dix, 2011-2012.
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Repository Details

Part of the Lawrence University Archives Repository

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