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Library Records

 Record Group
Identifier: DC012

Scope and Contents

The Library Records document the history of the library of The Lawrenceville School. Included here are documents on the buildings that have housed the library, the services offered, past outreach programs and initiatives, and library personnel. Items of note included plans for the 1960 expansion of the John Dixon Library and documents related to the numerous outreach and reading encouragement programs.


  • 1876 - 2017

Conditions Governing Access

The records are 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 first documentation of a library at The Lawrenceville School can be found in the catalogue, first published in 1836, which states, "A library has been selected with special reference to the benefit of the pupils, from which all are entitled to draw books twice a week." The library received its own dedicated room in 1852. It eventually moved to Memorial Hall, residing on one end of the ground floor. It remained there until the opening of the John Dixon Library building in 1931.

The library's impact on campus was minimal until the hiring of the first full-time librarian in 1917. The library expanded even further under the leadership of Oscar McPherson. McPherson spearheaded an enormous increase the library's holdings. The increased volume of books and circulation numbers precipitated the need to build a new structure dedicated to library use. In 1931, the John Dixon Library opened. The Dixon Library expanded in 1960 but an evergrowing collection and staff forced the building of a larger structure that could handle increased demand. In 1996, the Bunn Library opened it's doors. The old John Dixon Library has since been remodeled and is now the Gruss Center for the Visual Arts.


6.92 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

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The Library Records are arranged into six series: Series 1: Buildings, 1939-2012; Series 2: Circulation Records, 1944-1984; Series 3: General Files, 1876-2010; Series 4: Reports, 1961-1993; Series 5: Summer Session, 1964-1971; Series 6: Volunteers, 1997-2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were transferred from the Bunn Library to the Stephan Archives.


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

Related Materials

Additional material on the John Dixon Library and the Bunn Library can be found in the Buildings and Grounds collection (DC021), Series 1: Buildings.


Information in the historical note was gathered from material within the Library records.The Lawrenceville Lexicon: A Compendium of All Things Lawrenceville, Merrell Noden, editor, was also consulted.

Processing Information

The Library records were processed by Casey Babcock in October of 2011.

Library Records: Finding Aid
Casey Babcock (2012), Stephanie Eder and Jacqueline Haun (2017)
September 21, 2017
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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