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Guide to the Martha J. Lamb Papers
1756-1892 (Bulk 1876-1892)
  MS 362

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Biographical Note

1826 or 1829 Aug. 13 Born Martha Joanna Reade Nash, Plainfield, MA, 1826 according to her sister and tombstone; 1829 according to newspapers, early biographic dictionary entries, and Library of Congress Name Authority File.
1847 First publication, "A Visit to My Mother's Birthplace" in the Hampshire Gazette.
1852 Marries Charles A. Lamb, mechanic, furniture salesman.
1857 The Lambs move to Chicago; Lamb becomes involved in charitable work including the Home for the Friendless, the Ladies Industrial School Association, and the 1863 Sanitary Fair.
1866 or early 1867 Lamb moves alone to New York City, apparently leaving her husband. In New York, she begins to write fiction, children's books and to conduct historical research. Lamb becomes active in charitable work in the Madison Square Presbyterian Church and in numerous societies.
1876-1881 Her History of the City of New York: Its Origin, Rise and Progress is sold in parts by subscription, then published in two volumes.
1878 Nov. 5 Lamb is first woman to address The New-York Historical Society, lecturing on Lion Gardiner and Gardiner's Island.
1883 Lamb forms the Historical Publication Co. in order to purchase the Magazine of American History. She takes over as editor, a position retained until her death, with the May 1883 issue.
1893 Jan. 2 Dies of pneumonia in New York City.

Relevant addresses in New York City:


1866 or 1867 - 1873 29 E. 24th St.
1873 - 1893 Coleman House, 27th and Broadway

Magazine of American History:

18?? - 1887 30 Lafayette Place
1887 - 1893 743 Broadway