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COLLECTION Identifier: 85-M233

Papers of Patricia Frazer Lamb, 1952-1979 (inclusive), 1952-1973 (bulk)


Correspondence of Patricia Frazer Lamb, teacher and writer.


  • 1952-1979
  • Majority of material found within 1952-1973

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Written permission of Patricia Frazer Lamb required. For fifteen years after the last of the following three persons has died: Patricia Lamb, Lamb's ex-husband Michael Latham, and her friend Edward Younie, only those researchers who first obtain the written permission of Lamb's literary executor, Mark E.D. Latham, may have access to the papers.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Patricia Frazer Lamb is held by Patricia Frazer Lamb. Upon her death, copyright will descend to Mark E.D. Latham. Upon the death of Mark E.D. Latham, copyright will be transferred to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1 linear feet (1 carton)
The collection contains correspondence between Patricia Frazer Lamb and Michael C. Latham during the period 1952-1973. The letters begin in August 1952, the time of the couple's engagement, and end in 1973, shortly before their divorce. Also included are several letters from their children to Lamb and Latham, correspondence between Latham and his parents, as well as a few letters from friends to both Lamb and Latham.


Patricia Frazer Lamb, writer and teacher, was born in Long Beach in 1931 and raised in Los Angeles. In the spring 1953, she married Dr. Michael C. Latham. The couple had two children, Miles (born 1956) and Mark (1958), while they were living in Tanganyika (now Tanzania), East Africa. In Tanganyika, Latham worked for the Colonial Medical Service and together the couple founded the International School, located in Dar es Salaam. In 1959, Lamb returned to the United States while Latham remained in Africa. Over the next ten years, Lamb traveled frequently between the United States and England while Latham traveled to many parts of the world, including South America, the Caribbean, and the Philippines. During this time their children lived at school in England. Lamb and Latham were divorced in 1973.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 85-M233

The papers of Patricia Frazer Lamb were given to the Schlesinger Library in October 1985 by Patricia Frazer Lamb.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Patricia Frazer Kerr Lamb and Kathryn Joyce Jerrell Hohlwein, 1952-1964 (85-M166).

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: December 1985

By: Doreen Drury
Link to catalog
Lamb, Patricia Frazer. Papers of Patricia Frazer Lamb, 1952-1979 (inclusive), 1952-1973 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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