As we got into Spring term, class use of the Archives tends to pick up, particularly with our history sections. This week, we saw those first signs of spring as classes came in to work with our collections.
Mrs. Smit’s Euro-Am sections visited the archives to look at the P.C. Norris Collection of World War I correspondence from Lawrenceville alumni, which features letters about the experience of being away from home and in combat. They also used Lawrences from the World War I period to examine how student awareness of the war evolved over time.
Mrs. Larson’s Mark Twain English section also visited the Stephan Archives to look at 19th century scrapbooks, mostly compiled by Lawrenceville students at the period in which the school was still an all-male institution. As Mark Twain was an inveterate scrapbooker himself, the students were intrigued to explore what other young men of the period considered worth keeping as memorials to their time at school.