Lawrence E. Irvin, son of Patrick and Mary Irvin, was born May 27, 1911 at Lake Bloomington, Illinois. He attended Trinity High School and Illinois State Normal University.  In 1930, he and his two brothers started the Evergreen Beverage Co. (later known as the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company). 

The Lawrence Irvin collection consists of 3 boxes in 70 folders. It contains material relevant to state and local politics, as well as the ISSCS, Bloomington Housing Authority, and miscellaneous items mostly in the form of letters. Although the collection covers a significant range of time, the bulk of the material comes from the 1950s and 1960s.