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Samuel Waldron Lambert papers

Call Number: MS 939

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of letters and papers, 1821-1939, relating mainly to Dr. Samuel Waldron Lambert, Sr. The earliest item is a letter in French to Mme. Eliza (Bowen) Jumel signed Adele and endorsed De cubieres, written probably in 1821, presented to Lambert by W. L. Hardin. The next item is a letter of 1862 from Horace Greeley introducing J. H. Lambert. With the exception of a few items pertainig to Samuel W. Lambert, Jr., such as his autograph album, the remainder of the collection relates to Samuel W. Lambert, Sr.

Making up the bulk of the correspondence are letters and telegrams, 1932 and undated, to lambert from Senator Hiram Bingham relating to attempts to modify the Volstead Act, and letters from others, 1923-1932, concerning prohibition and the medical use of alcohol. Corresponents include the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment, Benjamin N. Cardoza and Dr. Robert lewis; there are also papers on the Hastings medical liquor bill in the New York State Senate, accompanied by a letter from Dr. Harold Rypins to Dr. Linsly W. Williams, April 13, 1931. Other materials of Lamort's on rohibition and liquor (two small notebooks, loose notes, speeches and other writings, newpaper clippings and printed matter) are also included in this collection.

Other items in the correspondence include a letter from lambert to Dr. Samuel C. G. Watkins on recent research on scarlet fever, enclosing a leaflet about the lilly Company's new Scarlet Fever Streptococcus Antitoxin (1925); areport by Dr. E. M. Bluestone to the Public Health Relations committee of the New York Academy on the establishemnt of a hospital for chronic patients on Welfare Island(1934); a reprint of Dr. Smith Ely Jellifes' Aesculapius and Lzaak Walton, with notes by lampert on Walton and Charles Cotton (1993); Henry Osborn Taylor's memorial to his wife, "Julia Isham taylor," with accompanying letters (1934); Lambert's annotated copy of the Milbank Fund Quarterly (1934); letters from the Bibliophile society (1901-1915) and the Grolier Club, including one each from Bliss Perry (1926) and Henry T. Peters (1928); and a letter from Edward S. Dana (1879).

Also in the collection are several miscellaneous items such as bills, recipts, and assorted printed matter.

Yale University acquired these papers by a gift from the estate of Samuel W. Lambert in 1943.


  • 1821-1939
  • Majority of material found within 1923 - 1939


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the estate of Samuel W. Lambert, 1943.


0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Chiefly correspondence relating to Lambert's activities concerning the Volstead Act and the Prohibition Amendment. Among his correspondents are Senator Hiram Bingham, Benjamin N. Cardozo, and Dr. Robert Lewis. Speeches, writings, newspaper clippings, and printed matter are also included in the papers. Other papers relate to research on scarlet fever and other medical subjects. Reflecting Lambert's book-collecting hobby are letters from the Bibliophile Society, the Grolier Club, and a letter dated 1821 to Mme. Eliza Bowen Jumel presented to Lambert as a gift. Also in the papers is the autograph album of Samuel W. Lambert, Jr. (Yale University, Class of 1919).

Guide to the Samuel Waldron Lambert Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
June 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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