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Office of the Head of School Collection

Identifier: DC115


  • 2018 July

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use but due to the nature of the collection restricted items may be found through it. Because of this archivists are required to review requested documents and remove restricted items before the collection can be used by researchers.

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 Office of the Head of School is responsible for overseeing the entire Lawrenceville School. Originaly known as the Office of the Headmaster, it was changed in 2020 to the Office of the Head of School. The Head of School and their assistants work closely with the Senior Staff and the Board of Trustees to fulfill Lawrenceville’s mission. The office in its current state began in 1883 when the school when through a transformation from a small school owned and ran by the headmaster to a larger school governed by a headmaster and a board of trustees. The Head of School is responsible for creating and working towards a strategic vison for the school. They are also responsible for overseeing the senior staff, creating and overseeing committees, helping with strategic campaigns, planning major events, giving speeches, and helping to build and keep relationships within the community.


47 Linear Feet (105 full boxes; 14 half boxes)

Language of Materials



The Office of the Head of School Collection is arranged into 11 series: Series 1: Committees, Series 2: Campaigns, Series 3: Ceremonies, Series 4: Correspondence, Series 5: Events, Series 6: Headmasters Installatin, Series 7: Reports, Series 8: Legal, Series 9: Speeches, Addresses, and Remarks, Series 10: Senior Staff, Series 11: Subject Files


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

Related Materials

Three scrapbooks pertaining to Mather A. Abbott's time as Head Master are in SC001 Scrapbook Collection. The materials in them date to between 1926 and 1929.

Related Materials

Materials related to Heads of School before and after their tenure as Head of School of the Lawrenceville School as well as their personal files can be found in their corresponding collections: James C. Mackenzie: DC033 Mackenzie, James C. Papers Simon John McPherson: DC034 McPherson, Simon J. Papers Mather Almon Abbott: DC035 Abbott, Mather Almon Papers Allan Vanderhoef Heely: DC036 Heely, Allan V. Papers Bruce McClellan: DC037 McClellan, Bruce and Mary Elizabeth Collection Josiah Bunting III: DC038 Bunting, Josiah Papers Michael Scott Cary: DC040 Cary, Michael S. Papers Elizabeth Anne Duffy: DC041 Elizabeth A. Duffy Papers

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Stephanie Eder and Rebecca Driscoll in 2018 July.

Office of the Head of School Collection
In Progress
Stephanie Eder
2018 June
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives Repository

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