In celebration of Major League Baseball’s upcoming 2014 All-Star Game, here’s a glimpse from Lawrenceville’s baseball past. Below is a glass lantern slide featuring the Cleve House team from 1905.


We are currently arranging, describing, and scanning portions our or glass lantern slide collection. The collection features rare images of the campus in the early 20th century. Check our blog for future updates.

Restored Head Master McPherson papers return to the Stephan Archives!

The Stephan Archives will be adding approximately two linear feet of recently cleaned documents to the existing collection of Head Master McPherson papers (DC034). Though the Archives acquired the papers decades ago, poor condition resulted in their separation from the rest of the collection. They were set aside and left unsubscribed until funding could be secured for proper cleaning. Fortunately, a portion of Dr. John Stephan L. 1959 and Bobby Stephan’s generous gift was dedicated strictly for conservation work. This provided the Archives with the means to hire Belfor Restoration to properly clean the materials. The integration of these papers into the current Head Master McPherson collection will fill in the many gaps that exist in the current sermons and addresses series.

Though the bulk of the papers consist of numbered sermons and addresses both handwritten and printed, some documents pertaining to Davis House are also included. The Davis House material was likely created and maintained by Assistant Head Master and master of Davis House Charles Henry Raymond. The fact that the sermons and the Davis House material were stored together may be an indication that Charles Henry Raymond was in fact the collector and original arranger of the Head Master McPherson sermon collection.

This new accession is currently being arranged and described. Expect it to be open for research use within the next month!

1852 plan for the “school house”

The 1852 Catalog of the Lawrenceville School helpfully included a floor plan for the “school house” — the building today known as Haskell House, which served as the main classroom building from 1832 until Memorial Hall (now Woods Memorial Hall) was built in 1885.  Hamill House, built in 1814, was where boarders lived. Below you see the exterior of the School House on the left and what is now the Hamill House on the right. As you can see from the diagram of desks, the teacher sat at the back of the classroom (marked a) where he could keep an eye on the students.

1852 School House Plan

1852 School

University of Wisconsin digitizes papers of Aldo Leopold, L. 1905

The following news comes from The National Historical Publications and Records Commission concerning the papers of Aldo Leopold, Lawrenceville Class of 1905, whose papers are held by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s University Archives.  Leopold was a ground-breaking environmentalist and author of A Sand County Almanac.
“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.”

So begins the Foreword of “A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, which he dated as March 4, 1948. Six weeks later, Leopold, one of the most influential natural conservationists of the 20th century, passed away.

Leopold’s legacy spans the disciplines of forestry, wildlife management, conservation biology, sustainable agriculture, restoration ecology, private land management, environmental history, literature, education, esthetics, and ethics.

Through a grant from the NHPRC, the Aldo Leopold Foundation contracted with the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center (UWDCC) to digitize the Leopold papers. The Leopold Collection ( houses the raw materials that document not only Leopold’s rise to prominence but the history of conservation and the emergence of the field of ecology from the early 1900s until the middle of the 20th century.

– Courtesy of the  National Historical Publications and Records Commission

For more background on this particular project, see this 2007 news article.

The digital collections themselves may be searched here.

Let it snow!

With what is promising to be another intense snowstorm moving onto the East Coast, the Stephan Archives pulled out some of the photos from past historical snowstorms that have hit Lawrenceville, including one in 1902 and the renown Blizzard of March 1914.

Photo taken on Main Street looking South following 1902 snowstorm.

Photo taken on Main Street looking South following 1902 snowstorm.

Undated early snowstorm photo in the village of Lawrenceville, c. 1900

Undated early snowstorm photo in the village of Lawrenceville, c. 1900

Looking up Green Street following the March 1914 blizzard.

Looking up Green Street following the March 1914 blizzard.

We have no idea who "Mr. Woods" is, but we do know this photo is from the blizzard that struck New Jersey in March 1914.

We have no idea who “Mr. Woods” is, but we do know this photo is from the blizzard that struck New Jersey in March 1914.

Memorial Hall, 1886

While looking for certain images this morning, archives staff came across this fabulous photo of what is now Woods Memorial Hall in the 1886 Olla Podrida, just after it was built.  There would have been four Circle houses with it (out of frame, to the left) at that time — Cleve, Griswold, Dickinson and Woodhull — but not Kennedy, which was not built until 1889.  Other buildings constructed that first year include Foundation House and the Bath House.  Missing, as you can see from the photo, were Upper (built 1892) and the Edith Memorial Chapel (built 1895). Memorial Hall, the main classroom building of the day, was designed by Peabody & Stearns, a leading Gilded Age architectural firm from Boston.

Memorial Hall, built in 1885, from the 1886 Olla Podrida yearbook.

Photos from the Coachman collection

While researching another topic, archives staff “discovered” the Coachman collection, a seris of candid travel photos taken by brothers Walter Fossin Coachman L 1913 and Charles Rogers Coachman L 1917.  The photos appear to have been taken on various summer trips between 1913 and 1920 and feature such locales as Glacier National Park, Atlantic City and Woodstown, New Jersey. A few of the most interesting photos have been scanned and uploaded here.