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

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New York, NY 10024
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Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Martha J. Lamb Papers
Dates: 1756-1892 (Bulk 1876-1892)
Abstract: The Martha J. Lamb Papers contain a variety of material relating mostly to Lamb's professional life as historian, author, and editor. Much of this collection pertains to Lamb's tenure as editor of the Magazine of American History (1883-1893) including submissions, letters from readers and contributors, and correspondence dealing with internal production matters. The collection also contains letters received by Lamb regarding her work as an historian and author, a journal (1878-1879), and material for a number of Lamb's articles and addresses, including clippings, reviews, drafts, notes, correspondence, and proofs, and drafts of her  History of the City of New York. Material in this collection also relates to activities of the Huguenot Society of America, various historical societies, scientific organizations, trade groups, social clubs, and the charitable societies of the Madison Square Presbyterian Church. In addition, the papers contain poetry, notes, financial and genealogical material, ephemera, visual material, and artifacts.
Quantity: 7.5 Linear feet (18 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
Location note: Manuscript cage
Call Phrase: 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:

Lamb:

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

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Scope and Content Note

The Martha J. Lamb Papers contain a variety of material relating mostly to Lamb's professional life as historian, author, and editor. The bulk date from 1876 through 1892. Much of this collection pertains to Lamb's tenure as editor of the Magazine of American History (1883-1893) including submissions, letters from readers and contributors, and correspondence dealing with internal production matters. The collection also contains letters received by Lamb regarding her work as a historian and author of the  History of the City of New York, and a journal of Lamb's (1878-1879) detailing her workdays. Material for a number of Lamb's articles and addresses, including drafts, notes, correspondence, and proofs, illustrate her research, writing, and publication processes, as do drafts of her  History of the City of New York. Twenty-seven scrapbooks kept by Lamb include clippings of her published articles and reviews of her work, documenting her career from 1863-1883.

Martha Lamb's prodigious involvement in numerous organizations is reflected in this collection. Material relates to activities of the Huguenot Society of America, where Lamb served as chairman of the Ladies Committee, various historical societies, scientific organizations, trade groups, and social clubs. The collection also includes items pertaining to Lamb's charity work in New York, conducted through the Madison Square Presbyterian Church led by the reformer Rev. Charles Parkhurst.

In addition, the Martha J. Lamb Papers contain poetry, notes, financial material (bills and receipts), genealogical material, and ephemera, including advertisements, tickets, invitations, and calling cards. A small amount of material relates to an 1888 excursion to Marietta, Ohio. Miscellaneous items in Lamb's possession include a collection of mostly late eighteenth century letters, copies of historical diaries and letters, and a Metropolitan Museum catalog. This collection also contains a few photographs (including cabinet cards of Lamb), prints, sketches, watercolors, tintypes, glass negatives, and printing blocks, many of which relate to her historical work. Assorted artifacts include a small cache of rocks, a sprig of heather, and a key.

The collection contains little personal material of Lamb's—a few items can be found among her correspondence, financial material, ephemera, and artifacts. In addition, Lamb's diary contains some personal information, though it deals mostly with her professional life as a writer and historian. The great bulk of the correspondence in this collection is letters received, with only a few copies and drafts of Lamb's letters and responses.

Martha J. Lamb, in her capacity as historian, published author, and magazine editor, effectively represents a public Victorian woman. This collection of mostly professional papers supports research in the history of nineteenth century women editors, writers, journalists, and historians. Although much of the material does not delineate the complexities faced by Lamb as a career woman, she does occasionally divulge her strategies. In an 1884 letter to Esther Herrman, for example, Lamb writes: "I am quite sure that you fully understand why I deem it the wiser course to do my work in the  quietest possible way. Mine is a notable field, and if I provoke any opposition, there are plenty of aspiring men who would take the opportunity to get astride my pathway—thus making obstacles all the harder to overcome. My hope is to so triumph in the end that all womenkind will be benefitted [sic]."

This collection, with its abundance of Magazine of American History material, also broadly supports research in American historiography, and the histories of publishing and journalism. In addition, articles, notes and ephemera pertaining to New York City can be found in Lamb's papers.

Note: Lamb used a number of pennames, most of which were derived from family names. The names "Nash Vinton" and "Vinton Reade" appear in this collection. She also used the names "Nash Reade," "Emogene," and, probably, "Crisp."

Arrangement

Arrangement within each series varies, usually alphabetical or chronological. See series descriptions for details.

A small amount of material is housed in oversize cabinets, marked as "Ov" on container list. Call phrase for these items is Y-Lamb.

The Martha J. Lamb Papers are organized into the following nineteen series:

  1. Series I. Magazine of American History, 1883-1893, undated
  2. Series II. Lamb, Correspondence, 1769-1892 (bulk 1876-1892), undated
  3. Series III. Lamb, Journal, Oct. 18, 1878-April 21, 1879
  4. Series IV. Lamb, Articles and Addresses, 1874-1890, undated
  5. Series V. History of the City of New York, drafts, undated
  6. Series VI. Clippings, 1756-1892 (bulk 1876-1883), undated
  7. Series VII. Huguenot Society of America, 1879-1892, undated
  8. Series VIII. Madison Square Presbyterian Church, 1882-1889, undated
  9. Series XIX. Organizational Material, 1854-1892, undated
  10. Series X. Poetry, 1869-1883, undated
  11. Series XI. Notes, undated
  12. Series XII. Financial Material, 1882-1891
  13. Series XIII. Genealogical Material, 1891-1892, undated
  14. Series XIV. Ephemera, 1873-1890, undated
  15. Series XV. Excursion: Marietta, Ohio, 1888
  16. Series XVI. Copies of Documents, undated
  17. Series XVII. Huntington Collection catalog, 1883
  18. Series XVIII. Visual Materials, [18]81, 1886, undated
  19. Series XIX. Artifacts, 1881, undated

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Lamb, Martha J. (Martha Joanna), 1829-1893. History of the City of New York

Document Type

  • Advertisements
  • Announcements
  • Articles
  • Cabinet photographs
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Drafts (documents)
  • Ephemera
  • Genealogies
  • Invitations
  • Invoices
  • Minute Books
  • Notes
  • Poems
  • Printing blocks
  • Prints
  • Proofs
  • Receipts
  • Reports
  • Scrapbooks
  • Sketches
  • Tickets
  • Tintypes
  • Visiting cards

Subject Organizations

  • Huguenot Society of America
  • Madison Square Presbyterian Church (New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Associations, institutions, etc.--United States
  • Charities--New York (State)--New York
  • History--Periodicals
  • Magazine of American History
  • Periodicals, Publishing of--New York (State)--New York
  • Women authors, American--19th century
  • Women journalists--United States
  • Women periodical editors--United States
  • Women publishers--United States

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)--History
  • United States--Historiography
  • United States--History

Family Name(s)

  • Lamb family
  • Reed family

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Martha J. Lamb Papers, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at The New-York Historical Society

Madison Square Presbyterian Church societies' papers, 1882 (1 volume). Includes the constitution of the Loan Relief Society. Most of this material is in Lamb's handwriting or is addressed to her. Call phrase: BV NYC Churches Presbyterian.

Misc. Lamb correspondence (5 items) in various collections. See card catalog.

Magazine of American History letterbooks, 1877 -- 1881 (6 volumes), before Lamb's tenure as editor. Call phrase: BV Stevens, John Austin.

Library collections contain Magazine of American History, 1877-1893 with index. Also several of Lamb's publications including  History of the City of New York: Its Origin, Rise and Progress.

Separated Material

Magazine of American History letterbooks, April 4, 1884 -- 1892 (7 volumes) Call phrase: BV  Magazine of American History.

Forty genealogies transferred to the Library in 1957, families unknown

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Container List

Series I. Magazine of American History, 1883-1893, undated.

Subseries 1. Submissions, 1883-1892, undated.

Scope and Contents note

Articles, "Minor Topics," documents, prints. Bulk is articles. Arranged alphabetically by contributor. Letters and envelopes that accompanied these submissions remain with them. Many have Lamb's editorial comments added (usually on envelope). Further correspondence regarding submissions (follow ups, corrections, etc.) are filed in Subseries 2. Contributors include Frederick Law Olmsted on parks and landscape gardening, historian William Leete Stone, and postmaster-general Horatio King.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Submissions, A -- B
1889-1892, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Submissions, Ca -- Ch
1891-1892, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Submissions, Cowley
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Submissions, Co -- D
1885-1892, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Submissions, Este
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Submissions, F -- G
1883-1891, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Submissions, H
1883-1891, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Submissions, J
1885-1887, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Submissions, K
1883-1885, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Submissions, L -- M
1885-1890, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Submissions, N -- O
1883-1889, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Submissions, P
1886-1890, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Submissions, R
1883-1889, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Submissions, S
1883-1892, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Submissions, Stone
1890, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Submissions, T -- We
1885-1892, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Submissions, Wh -- Wo
1883-1889, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Submissions, Unidentified
Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Submissions, Unidentified
Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Submissions, alienated envelopes
1886-1892, undated
Subseries 2. Letters received from readers and contributors, 1883-1892, undated

Scope and Contents note

Arranged by sender. Includes letters regarding published articles (corrections, comments), magazine subscriptions and copies, queries, replies to queries, notes, and contributors' follow-up correspondence regarding their submissions.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Letters received, A
1886-1892
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Letters received, B
1883-1892
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Letters received, C
1883-1892
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Letters received, D
1883-1892, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Letters received, E -- G
1883-1892, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Letters received, H -- I
1884-1892, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Letters received, J -- K
1883-1892, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Letters received, L -- M
1884-1892, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Letters received, N -- P
1883-1892, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Letters received, R
1883-1892, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Letters received, S
1883-1892
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Letters received, T -- V
1888-1892, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Letters received, W
1887-1892
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Letters received, Unidentified
1883-1892, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Alienated envelopes
1885-1892, undated
Subseries 3. Letters received, re: MAH production matters, 1884-1892, undated

Scope and Contents note

Arranged by sender. Includes letters from publishing trade associates regarding printing, engraving, advertising in MAH, and journal exchange. Also letters from employment seekers and advertisements/ circulars sent to   MAH.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Letters received, re: printing, engraving, advertising, employment
1884-1892, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Letters received, re: journal exchange. Also advertisements/ circulars, portrait catalog
1892, undated
Subseries 4. Letters sent (copies/drafts), 1883-1891, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes a small number of copies and drafts of Lamb's responses to the above letters. For further copies of responses, see the seven letterbooks for the Magazine of American History in the Manuscript Department (call phrase: BV  Magazine of American History). These letterbooks cover April 4, 1884 -- Dec. 1892. Each volume contains an index.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Letters sent, copies/drafts; also empty envelopes, MAH
1883-1891, undated
Subseries 5. Notes and clippings, 1886, 1892, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes notes and newspaper clippings about various historical societies' events for the magazine's "Societies" section, advertising, and a few of Lamb's drafts of notes and queries for publication.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Notes and clippings re: societies
1892, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Lamb re: MAH advertising, notes and queries
1886, undated

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Series II. Lamb, Correspondence, 1769-1892, undated (bulk 1876-1892)

Scope and Contents note

Letters received arranged by sender; copies and drafts of letters sent arranged chronologically. Most correspondence in this series pertains to Lamb's work as historian and writer, although there are a few personal items. Two small collections of correspondence between others sent to Lamb are also included in this series.

Subseries 1. Letters received from publishers, 1876-1890

Scope and Contents note

Letters from Lamb's publishers, A.S. Barnes & Co. and University Press/ John Wilson & Son, regarding History of the City of New York.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Letters received, A.S. Barnes & Co.
1876-1890
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Letters received, A.S. Barnes & Co., re: subscriptions for History of the City of New York, vol. 2
1880
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Letters received, University Press/ John Wilson & Son
1876-1880
Subseries 2. Letters received, 1871-1892, undated
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Letters received, A -- B
1877-1892, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Letters received, C -- D
1871-1892, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Letters received, J. Watts DePeyster
1877-1886, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Letters received, E -- H
1878-1885, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Letters received, I -- M
1878-1892, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Letters received, N -- V
1878-1892, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Letters received, W
1878-1889, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Letters received, unidentified (also alienated envelopes)
1877-1881, undated
Subseries 3. Letters sent, 1871-1886, undated
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Lamb, copies and drafts of letters sent
1871-1886, undated
Subseries 4. Letters, collections, 1769-1880, undated

Scope and Contents note

One collection consists of letters, mostly to John Reade, 1790-1804, from various senders including Richard Harison, Walter Livingston, and George Ludlow. This John Reade does not appear to be related to the Reades in Lamb's family. Lamb refers to the collection as "autographs." Sent to her by John W. Hamersley, 1880 (his note included). Another small collection, letters between R.M. Hartley and John A. Bryan, pertains to the New York Juvenile Asylum.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Letters between R.M. Hartley and John A. Bryan, 1861, sent to Lamb
1861, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Collection of letters, mostly to John Reade, 1790-1804
1769-1828, 1880, undated

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Series III. Lamb, Journal, Oct. 18, 1878-April 21, 1879

Scope and Contents note

Lamb's title is "Memorandas and Notes of great interest—Preserve." Entries concern Lamb's articles and the History of the City of New York, lectures (including a lengthy description of her Nov. 5, 1878 address before The New-York Historical Society), social engagements and callers, correspondence, illnesses, Madison Square Presbyterian Church attendance, and sewing. Housed with scrapbook volumes in Box 10.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 10 Journal
1878-1879

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Series IV. Lamb, Articles and Addresses, 1874-1890, undated

Scope and Contents note

Drafts, notes, correspondence relating to, and proofs of a few of Lamb's articles and addresses. Arranged alphabetically by title. Publication information follows title if known. One folder is housed in the Manuscript Department's oversize cabinets (Ov); call phrase: Y-Lamb, folder *1.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 "Amasa J. Parker:" correspondence ( MAH Sept. 1890)
1889-1890, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 2 "American Life Saving Service:" proofs ( Harper's Feb. 1882)
Undated
Box: 7 Folder : 3 "Chief Justice Morrison Remick Waite:" drafts, notes, correspondence ( MAH July 1888)
1888, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 4 "Historic Mansions of New York:" notes (mostly blank)
1882
Box: 7 Folder : 5 "Less Known Incidents in the History of New York"
Undated
Box: 7 Folder : 6 "Lion Gardiner, Founder of the Manor of Gardiner's Island:" copy of address read before N-YHS Nov. 5, 1878; see also "Manor of Gardiner's Island," ( MAH Jan. 1885)
Undated
Box: 7 Folder : 7 "Lyme, a Chapter of American Genealogy:" notes, correspondence
1874-1885, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 8 "Lyme, a Chapter of American Genealogy:" drafts
Undated
Box: 7 Folder : 9 "Manor of Shelter Island:" draft, notes, correspondence, photograph ( MAH Nov. 1887)
1884-1887, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 10 "New York:" draft (promotional essay for History of the City of New York)
Undated
Box: 7 Folder : 11 "New York Biography:" notes, correspondence
1878, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 12 "New York Biography:" drafts
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 1 "Newark:" notes and drafts
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 2 "Nicolas Bayard:" draft ( MAH )
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 3 "Sixty Waymarks in the World's Progress:" proofs, notes ( MAH Aug. 1890 as "Vinton Reade")
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 4 "Van Renssalear Manor:" copy of address before Long Island Historical Society, Dec. 26, 1882 (revised and published in MAH Jan. 1884)
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Draft of speech before a gathering of women of the press in Boston (Possibly New England Women's Press Association, founded 1885)
Undated
Box: Ov Folder : *1 "Christmas Owl:" proofs
1881

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Series V. History of the City of New York, drafts; undated

Scope and Contents note

There are two drafts for a number of these time periods; some dates overlap with the rewriting. Also notes and documents for HCNY.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Table of Contents, Preface, Vol. 1
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Drafts, 1613-1664
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Drafts, 1664-1678
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Drafts, 1678-1689
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Drafts, 1689-1702
Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Drafts, 1701-1720
Undated
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Table of Contents, Vol. 2; Drafts, 1710-1726
Undated
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Drafts, 1750-1775
Undated
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Drafts, 1775-1780
Undated
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Drafts, 1780-1800
Undated
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Drafts, 1800-1819
Undated
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Drafts, 1832-1868
Undated
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Notes and documents for HCNY
Undated

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Series VI. Clippings, 1756-1892, undated (bulk 1876-1883)

Scope and Contents note

Includes twenty-seven scrapbook volumes containing clippings of many of Lamb's published articles, reviews of History of the City of New York and other publications, articles about Lamb's activities, and items on various topics. Five folders of loose clippings include articles about Lamb, particularly reviews of  HCNY. Also loose newspaper clippings on various topics, and articles from eighteenth century magazines.

Scrapbooks are arranged roughly by content, then chronologically (dates overlap). The volumes have been numbered for paging purposes.

Some of the published articles are signed, but a number are unsigned, or a penname is used (the name "Crisp" occurs frequently). As Lamb was known to use pennames, and these pieces appear in scrapbooks along with signed articles of Lamb's, she is assumed to be the author.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Clippings, newspaper re: Lamb
1879-1887, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Clippings, newspaper
1879-1892, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Clippings, newspaper
1879-1892, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Clippings, newspaper
1879-1892, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Clippings, magazine: Universal Magazine,  Annual Register,  Gentleman's Magazine,  Nation
1756-1796, 1891, undated
Box: 10 Volume : [1] Clippings re: Lamb in Chicago (Sanitary Fairs, Ladies Relief Society, Lincoln's funeral procession, Ladies Industrial School Association; Lamb, unsigned articles from The Republic; reviews of Lamb's children's books (as "Aunt Mattie"); reviews of Lamb's novel  Spicy
1863-1873, undated
Box: 10 Volume : [2] Signed and unsigned articles ("Crisp"), probably Lamb; reviews of History of the City of New York
1870-1876
Box: 10 Volume : [3] Lamb, articles; reviews of HCNY and the  Christmas Owl; poetry; clippings re: Ladies of Sorosis dinner, (1881), and Goshen, Mass. anniversary
1875-1882, undated
Box: 10 Volume : [4] Lamb, signed and unsigned articles Daily Graphic (probably Lamb); reviews of  HCNY
1876-1877
Box: 10 Volume : [5] Lamb, signed articles; unsigned articles ("Crisp")
1876, undated
Box: 10 Volume : [6] Lamb, articles "Our New York Letter" Bazar, articles for  Daily Graphic re: Newport, Saratoga Springs, etc.; signed and unsigned ("Crisp")
1877, undated
Box: 11 Volume : [7] Lamb, articles, signed; unsigned
1878, undated
Box: 11 Volume : [8] Lamb, articles, unsigned ("Nash Reade")
Undated
Box: 11 Volume : [9] Lamb (probably), articles, unsigned
Undated
Box: 11 Volume : [10] Lamb (probably), articles, unsigned "The Rise and Progress of Art"
Undated
Box: 11 Volume : [11] Lamb (probably), articles, unsigned "Hints on Household Decorations"
Undated
Box: 11 Volume : [12] Lamb, articles, "The Broken Pitcher"
Undated
Box: 11 Volume : [13] Lamb, articles, "The Broken Pitcher"
Undated
Box: 11 Volume : [14] Reviews, HCNY
1876, undated
Box: 11 Volume : [15] Reviews, HCNY
1876-1877
Box: 11 Volume : [16] Reviews, HCNY; clippings re: Lamb
1876-1878, undated
Box: 11 Volume : [17] Reviews, HCNY
1876-1879, undated
Box: 11 Volume : [18] Reviews, HCNY
1877, undated
Box: 11 Volume : [19] Reviews, HCNY
1877-1878, undated
Box: 11 Volume : [20] Reviews, HCNY
1877-1881, undated
Box: 12 Volume : [21] Reviews, HCNY,  Homes of America
1877-1882, undated
Box: 12 Volume : [22] Reviews, HCNY
1879, undated
Box: 12 Volume : [23] Reviews and ads for Lamb, various
1882-1883, undated
Box: 12 Volume : [24] Loose clippings, various topics
1874-1881, undated
Box: 12 Volume : [25] Clippings on various topics inc. women and athletics, NYC, the closing of A.T. Stewart & Co.
1878-1882, undated
Box: 12 Volume : [26] Clippings on various topics inc. Charles Parkhurst
1881-1882, undated
Box: 13 Volume : [27] Clippings on various topics, many NYC
1882-1883, undated

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Series VII. Huguenot Society of America, 1879-1892, undated

Scope and Contents note

Lamb was an active member of the Huguenot Society, and was chairman of the Ladies Committee. This series includes letters received by her pertaining to the society, three volumes of committee notebooks and minutes, and various society notes, clippings, genealogies, and ephemera.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Lamb, letters received: A -- D
1887-1892
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Lamb, letters received: E -- W
1879-1892
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Lamb, Ladies Committee: notebook
1887-1888
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Lamb, Ladies Committee: minutes
1889
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Lamb, Library Committee: minutes
1888-1891
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Lamb, notes, application
Undated
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Huguenot Society: genealogies, clippings, copies of administrative documents, notes
1889-1892, undated
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Huguenot Society: tickets, calling cards, publications, blank letterhead
1888-1892, undated

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Series VIII. Madison Square Presbyterian Church, 1882-1889, undated

Scope and Contents note

Lamb was involved with the various charitable societies of the Madison Square Presbyterian Church led by the reformer Rev. Charles Parkhurst. She was on the Board of Managers of the Loan Relief Society, and was secretary/ treasurer for the Ladies Association, a group that aimed to unite a number of the church's charitable societies and clubs. This series includes reports for the Loan Relief Society, the Ladies Committee, and other church societies; notes and clippings; and material relating to Mary H. Brown, President of the Loan Relief Society.

In addition, the Manuscript Department holds one volume of Madison Square Church societies' papers for 1882, including the constitution of the Loan Relief Society. Most of this material is in Lamb's handwriting or is addressed to her; call phrase: BV NYC Churches Presbyterian.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Loan Relief Society: committee reports, constitution, notes
1882-1889, undated
Box: 14 Folder : 8 Loan Relief Society, Mary H. Brown: letters received, clippings and resolutions on death of ---, notebooks
1882-1884, undated
Box: 14 Folder : 9 Ladies Association: society reports
1889, undated
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Other clubs/ societies: reports
1889, undated
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Clippings. Re: Charles Parkhurst, Greeley family
1884, undated

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Series IX. Organizational Material, 1854-1892, undated

Scope and Contents note

Lamb was a member of many of these historical societies, associations, and clubs. Arranged alphabetically by organization name. Material includes membership certificates, circulars and ephemera pertaining to meetings, correspondence, dues receipts. The larger certificates are housed in the Manuscript Department's oversize cabinets (Ov); call phrase: Y-Lamb, folder *2.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 1 American Academy of Political and Social Science: meeting notice
1891
Box: 15 Folder : 1 American Association for the Advancement of Science: circulars, forms, tickets, clippings relating to annual meetings
1880-1887
Box: 15 Folder : 1 American Historical Association: correspondence, program
1889-1892
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Charleston Library Society: prospectus, circulars
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Clarendon Historical Society; Edinburgh, Scotland: correspondence, membership notices and receipts, certificate of fellowship
1883-1884
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Daughters of the American Revolution: correspondence, booklets, invitation
1891, undated
Box: 15 Folder : 2 General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York: correspondence, solicitation, invitation
1889-1892, undated
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Ladies Industrial School Association of Chicago: reports, clippings, constitution, correspondence, notes, insurance policy
1854-1864, undated
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Ladies Industrial School Association of Chicago: minutebook
1854-1861
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Ladies of Sorosis: drafts of toasts and speeches, correspondence, and notes relating to dinner in honor of Lamb, May 12, 1881
1881, undated
Box: 15 Folder : 6 New Century Historical Society: meeting notice, address
1891-1892
Box: 15 Folder : 6 New Jersey Historical Society: letters received
1891-1892
Box: 15 Folder : 6 New York Academy of Science: receipt for dues
1887
Box: 15 Folder : 6 New York Genealogical & Biographical Society: receipt for dues
1887
Box: 15 Folder : 6 New-York Historical Society: receipts for dues, notice for Lamb's lecture (1878), fundraising notice
1878-1892, undated
Box: 15 Folder : 6 New York Medico-Legal Society: circulars relating to meetings, society members and events
1890-1892, undated
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Nineteenth Century Club: receipts for dues
1887, 1889
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Pot Luck Club: picnic invitation and Lamb's regrets
1881
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Tarrytown Historical Society: meeting notices
1890-1892
Box: 15 Folder : 6 X.Y.Z. (literary club): correspondence
1878
Box: Ov Folder : *2 General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York: membership and graduate certificates
Undated
Box: Ov Folder : *2 Historical Society of Tennessee: membership certificate
1888
Box: Ov Folder : *2 New Jersey Historical Society: membership certificate
1888
Box: Ov Folder : *2 New York Medico-Legal Society: membership certificate
1889

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Series X. Poetry, 1869-1883, undated

Scope and Contents note

Drafts and proofs of Lamb's poems. Also clippings, drafts, and a pamphlet of poetry by others.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Lamb: drafts and proofs (handwritten and printed)
1869-1880, undated
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Others: clippings, drafts, pamphlet
1880-1883

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Series XI. Notes, undated

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Includes Lamb's notes regarding her life, publications, historical figures, events, and places. Also notes, not in Lamb's hand, including excerpts from California newspapers the Californian and  California Star, 1848 re: Gold Rush, and unidentified notes written on the reverse of wallpaper.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Lamb, Notes re: her publications
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Lamb, Notes re: historical figures, events, places
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 11 Notes from California newspapers, 1848 (not in Lamb's hand) including letters to ed, articles, ads, poetry
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 12 Notes, unidentified. Includes fragments of a draft, on reverse of wallpaper (not in Lamb's hand) re: Napoleon's family
Undated

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Series XII. Financial Material, 1882-1891

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Bills and receipts, for professional and personal items.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 13 Bills and receipts
1882-1891

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Series XIII. Genealogical Material, 1891-1892, undated (bulk undated)

Scope and Contents note

For Lamb (Reade) plus various families, many New York State. An additional forty genealogies were transferred to the Library in 1957.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Lamb: Reade family
Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 2 A -- J
Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 3 K -- S, unidentified
1891-1892, undated

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Series XIV. Ephemera, 1873-1890, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes ads for Lamb's publications, including History of the City of New York (also partial list of subscribers) and  Magazine of American History, as well as various ads for hotels, building lots, household items, books, and book accessories. Also included are calling cards, tickets and notices of concerts and lectures, admission tickets to the Fifth Avenue Reading Room and the Tombs, and invitations to graduations and a wedding.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 4 Ads for Lamb publications
1884-1885, undated
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Ads
1873-1875,undated
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Calling cards
Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 7 Tickets and notices
1877-1879, undated
Box: 16 Folder : 8 Invitations
1878, 1890

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Series XV. Excursion: Marietta, Ohio, 1888

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From July 15 -- 20, 1888, Lamb attended the "National Centennial of the Establishment of Civil Government in the 'Territory North West of the River Ohio' and of the First Settlement thereof under the Ordinance of 1787" at Marietta, Ohio. This series includes programs, correspondence, circulars, publications, clippings, and a B & O R.R. timetable relating to the excursion. Lamb's article about the centennial can be found in the Magazine of American History, Sept., 1888.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 9 Programs, correspondence, circulars, publications, timetable
1888, undated
Box: 16 Folder : 10 Clippings, mostly from Marietta Register
1888, undated

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Series XVI. Copies of documents, undated

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Includes a copy of the 1776 diary of Dr. James Clitherall, extracts from diaries and letters of Rev. Horace Holley, and an unidentified author's firsthand account of the Chicago fire, 1871. These items do not appear to be Magazine of American History submissions. Lamb's editorial notations can be found on some; their use by her is unclear.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 11 Dr. James Clitherall—copy of diary, 1776 (possibly sent to Lamb by G. Woodbridge, Marietta, OH, 1890)
Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 12 Rev. Horace Holley—extracts from letters and diary re: Yale, Columbia, Princeton
Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 12 Rev. Horace Holley— copies of letters from New York, 1818
Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 12 Rev. Horace Holley—copy of letter re: visit to Mt. Vernon, 1818
Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 12 Rev. Horace Holley—copies of letters from Edward Everett re: Kean riots of Boston, 1825
Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 12 Copy of document re: Chicago fire, 1871, author unknown
Undated

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Series XVII. Huntington Collection catalog, 1883

Scope and Contents note

Catalog of the Huntington Collection at the Metropolitan Museum.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 13 Huntington Collection, Metropolitan Museum. On microfilm, Misc. reel #46
1883

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Series XVIII. Visual Materials, [18]81, 1886, undated

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Includes photographs, glass negatives, sketches, prints, tintypes, printing blocks, and colored prints. Ten items are housed in Oversize cabinets (Ov), call phrase Y-Lamb, folder *3. Printing blocks are housed separately, in Box 18.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Cabinet cards, portraits, Lamb (5)
Undated
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Cased photograph, portrait, subject unknown (possibly relative)
Undated
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Sketches, prints, stereographs, photograph of coastal scenes for possible use with Lamb's "American Life Saving Service" ( Harper's Feb. 1882) (10 items)
[18]81, undated
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Sketch of New York harbor on tissue paper
Undated
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Print, map of Europe at the time of Charlemagne (possibly used for MAH)
Undated
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Print, Earl of Beaconsfield (torn into many pieces)
Undated
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Prints, Nash coat of arms (numerous copies)
Undated
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Glass negatives, library scene (5)
Undated
Box: 17 Folder : 6 Tintypes (10), sketched portraits and scenes (probably for MAH)
Undated
Box: 18 Printing blocks (5) coats of arms, signatures
Undated
Box: 18 Wooden block with sketch, possibly Erie Canal opening celebration
Undated
Box: Ov Folder : *3 Colored prints (3), owls and blue jays
Undated
Box: Ov Folder : *3 Sketches of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia (7)
1886, undated

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Series XIX. Artifacts, 1881, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes souvenir rocks and heather, a key, wax seals, a miniature easel, a book cover, and cardboard. One item housed in Oversize cabinets (Ov), call phrase Y-Lamb, folder *1.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 17 Folder : 7 Small cache of rocks from Trenton Falls, NY, with notes and wrapping (includes Hoosac Tunnel Route R.R. timetable)
1881,undated
Box: 17 Folder : 8 Sprig of heather, "picked by Mrs Stedman, near Walter Scotts place"
Undated
Box: 17 Folder : 9 Small key, "top drawer in cheffonier" [sic]
Undated
Box: 17 Folder : 9 Small easel with brush, possibly place-card, inscribed "Mrs. Lamb May 13th 1881."
1881
Box: 17 Folder : 9 Three wax seals, coats of arms
Undated
Box: 17 Folder : 10 Common school book cover, note on cover "Material for October Number"
Undated
Box: 10 Mailing tube, from the Historical Society of Tennessee
Undated
Box: Ov Folder : *1 Box lid with list of correspondents
Undated

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