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Guide to the Lawrence O. Lawson (1842-1912) Scrapbook 1880/1941

Overview of the Collection

Title:

Lawrence O. Lawson (1842-1912) Scrapbook

Dates:

1880 - ca.1941

Collector:

Lawson, Lawrence O., 1842-1912

Size:

1.00

Repository:

Northwestern University Archives

Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Abstract:

The series consists of an oversized scrapbook of materials detailing the exploits of Lawson and the crews of the U.S. Lifesaving Station at Evanston. Included are newspaper and magazine clippings, correspondence, and a few photographs dating largely from the period 1880-1912. A small number of clippings date from the years after Lawson's death and into the 1940s.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Personal Name:

Lawson, Lawrence O., 1842-1912

Topical Term:

Lifesaving stations--Michigan, Lake

Shipwrecks--Michigan, Lake

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Charlotte M., Ruth P., Raymond O., and John W. Lawson, children of Captain Lawrence O. Lawson, donated the scrapbook to the Northwestern University Archives in May of 1951.

Processing Information

Processed by Kevin B. Leonard; September 16, 1997. Finding-aid scanned and reformatted by Rachel C. Teuer; August 12, 2004.

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Electronic Format

This scrapbook has been microfilmed as Microfilm #28. The film may be requested and used in the University Archives.

Scope and Contents

The series consists of an oversized scrapbook of materials detailing the exploits of Lawson and the crews of the U.S. Lifesaving Station at Evanston. Included are newspaper and magazine clippings, correspondence, and a few photographs dating largely from the period 1880-1912. A small number of clippings date from the years after Lawson's death and into the 1940s. Several of the items provide biographical information on Lawson while most pertain to Great Lakes shipping and, in particular, shipwrecks and incidents involving the Evanston Lifesaving Station and its crews.

Of particular note are clippings and documents pertaining to the rescue of the crew of the steamer Calumet off Highland Park on Thanksgiving Day, 1889. For their heroic efforts in the Calumet rescue, the United States Lifesaving Service awarded gold medals to Lawson and his crew.

Related information may be found in the Lawrence O. Lawson biographical file and in the Lifesaving Station and Lifesaving Crews photograph files held by the Northwestern University Archives.