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House System Collection

Identifier: DC107

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials pertaining to the various Houses that have served or continue to serve as student housing at the Lawrenceville School. It includes House histories, lists of House Masters, event programs, rules and regulations, and House-specific publications such as yearbooks and newsletters.


  • 1892 - 2017

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies and digital photographs may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Archivist. Researchers are responsible for determining any other copyright questions.

Biographical / Historical

The Housing System on campus originated in 1883 with the John Cleve Green Foundation, which reorganized the school model to reflect the British school system. The first four Houses-- Cleve, Dickinson, Griswold, and Woodhull-- were built in 1885, and Kennedy House was built in 1889. These Houses make up the Circle. The layout was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and the buildings were done by the architects Peabody and Sterns from Boston.

Through the years, new additions were added to the pre-existing Houses, and new Houses were either bought or built to accomodate the growing number of students. While the Circle Houses have continued to exist since the 1800s, some Houses-- such as Brook, Davis, Dawes, Dickinson, Fairfax, George, Green, The Lodge, Maple, Rose Hill-- were disbanded for various reasons.

With coeducation came the need for girls' housing. This resulted in the Crescent Houses, which were built in 1987 by Short and Ford Architects of Princeton. The Crescent consists of McClellan, Stanley, Stephens, Carter, and Kirby.

Today, the Houses are divided by levels and gender. Boys Houses are Cleve, Davidson, Dickinson, Griswold, Hamill, Kennedy, Kinnan, Thomas, Upper, and Woodhull. Girls Houses are Carter, Cromwell, Haskell, Kirby, McClellan, McPherson, Perry Ross, Reynolds, Stanley, and Stephens.


5.85 Linear Feet (23 boxes)


The collection is arranged alphabetically into 24 series, with Series 1 being general files related to the House System or multiple Houses, and the subesquent series being dedicated to individual Houses.


Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives guidelines.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Rebecca Driscoll and Stephanie Eder in May-June of 2018.
House System Collection: Finding Aid
Rebecca Driscoll
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives Repository

Box 6128
2500 Main St.
Lawrenceville 08648 U.S.A. US