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William Lamb Papers, 1835-1909

William Lamb Papers, 1835-1909
Mss. 39.1 L16
4.01 Cubic Feet
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Scope and Contents

Diaries, 1855, 1859-1861, 1864-1909, (52 volumes) of Col. William Lamb (1835-1909), written while a student at the College of William and Mary, newspaper editor, Civil War commander of Fort Fisher, N.C. (1862-1865), coal merchant, Norfolk businessman and mayor (1880-1886), and member of the Board of Visitors and Rector of William and Mary.

Collection also includes diary, 1861, and some letters of his wife Sarah Annie Chaffee Lamb as well as page proofs and other material relating to the publication of "Letters from the Colonel's Lady." (Winnabow, N.C., 1965).

Two additions to the collection (1993.49 and Sm. Coll. Add. 13) include photographs of Mrs. William Lamb and daughter Sally Lamb, William Lamb, Jr. and Frances [?], speeches, pamphlets and illustrations as well as a scrapbook of newspaper clippings relating to the Battle of Fort Fisher and William Lamb. Diaries, 1855-1903 available in typescript.

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Lamb, William (1838-1909)
Lamb, Sarah Anne Chaffee (b. 1837)
American diaries--Women authors
American newspapers--Virginia--Norfolk
Chaffee, Sarah Lamb
College of William and Mary--Alumni and alumnae
College of William and Mary--History--19th century
College of William and Mary--History--20th century
Fort Fisher (N.C.)
North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Universities and Colleges--Virginia--Faculty
Orders (military records)

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Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Access Notes
Photocopying is only allowed from the diary typescripts.
Acquisition Note
The materials in this collection were donated in various batches between 1938 and 1993 by W. H. Lamb (1938, 1939, 1945), Mrs. A. A. Bilisoly and Miss Ella Waddy Lamb (1939), Mrs. Ralph Magraw (1960 and 1967), and Larry Walker (Acc. 1993-49 received 7/19/1993). Acc. 1989-23 received 5/25/1989.
Related Publications

Diary, 18 August 1859-21 May 1860, has been printed in Gertrude Elizabeth Baker, ed. "The Diary of William Lamb" (M. A. Thesis, College of William and Mary, 1960).

Letters of Sarah Annie Chaffee Lamb published in <i>Letters from the Colonel's Lady</i> (Winnabow, N. C.: Charles Town Preservation Trust, 1965.)

Preferred Citation
William Lamb Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Parts of the collection combined in 2009.
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A PDF document of this inventory is available online.
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