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The Lawrence Collection

Identifier: DC055

Scope and Contents

The Lawrence Collection consists of a near-complete run of unbound school newspapers. Larger gaps appear in the 19th century portion of the run. The Lawrence features many of the typical features and sections of a traditional newspaper. The typical size of most editions is four pages though several larger editions that mark important events are printed at various points during school year.

Notable papers include the June 11, 1910 edition commemorating The Lawrenceville School's centennial; the May 18, 1934 edition covering the death of Headmaster Abbott; the December 12, 1941 edition detailing Lawrenceville's response to the United States' entering Wold War II; the January 19, 1970 edition detailing the African American experience at Lawrenceville; and numerous editions throughout the 1970s and 1980s covering the coeducation movement. Other items of note include a sometimes-published satirical edition entitled The Larynx.


  • 1881 - 2020


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 first Lawrenceville School newspaper, The Record, was published in 1880. Its name was changed the next year to The Graduate. In 1887, The Graduate became The Lawrence. The Lawrence remains in publication today. Since its inception, all writing, photography, graphics, and layout have been done by the students of The Lawrenceville School.


66.2 Linear Feet (47 boxes)

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The Lawrence Collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Archives collects new editions of the paper shortly after their publication. Though all past editions have been digitized, the Archives continues to collect print copies of the newspaper.


Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives guidelines. Numerous duplicates have been removed.

Related Materials

Additional material on The Lawrence can be found in the Publications Collection (DC028), Series 8: General Information. Digital versions can be found at The Archives also holds a run of the paper on microfilm that is similar but not identical to the print run.


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

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Casey Babcock in October and November of 2012. All print editions held by the Archives dating from 1881 through 2010 were digitized by Olive Software in 2012. 2011-2013 was digitized in 2018. 2013-2016 was digitized in 2022.

This collection was reprocessed, and the finding aid revised, by Peter K. Steinberg in October 2022.

The Lawrence Collection: Finding Aid
Casey Babcock
February 12, 2013
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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