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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 794

Papers of Patricia Frazer Lamb and Kathryn Hohlwein, 1949-1985


Correspondence of Patricia Frazer Lamb and Kathryn Hohlwein, teachers and writers.


  • Creation: 1949-1985

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Written permission of both Patricia Frazer Lamb and Kathryn Hohlwein is required.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Patricia Frazer Lamb and Kathryn Hohlwein is retained by the authors during their lifetimes. Upon the death of the donors, Patricia Frazer Lamb's copyright will descend to her literary executor, Mark E.D. Latham, and Kathryn Hohlwein's copyright will descend to her literary executor, Laura Hohlwein . Upon the deaths of the literary executors, 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. Researchers may photocopy any papers to which they have been granted access.


2.09 linear feet (5 file boxes)

This collection consists primarily of letters from Lamb to her mother, Georgia Elizabeth (King) Lucas, 1949-1979, and correspondence between Lamb and Hohlwein, 1952-1985. Several related Kerr and Jerrell family letters are also included, as is Lamb's correspondence with Mary and Edward Milne Younie. The bulk of the earlier correspondence between Lamb and Hohlwein was edited and published as Touchstones: Letters Between Two Women, 1953-1964.

Portions of this collection were processed and made available using the accession number 85-M166. In April 2014, correspondence and transcriptions received in 1988 and 1990 were interfiled with the original material.


Patricia Anne Frazer Kerr Lamb (1931- ), writer and teacher, was born in Long Beach, and raised in Los Angeles, California, and attended the University of Utah for two years. Her college years were marked by a brief, unsuccessful marriage after her freshman year and the death of her stepfather during her sophomore year. During a trip to France the next summer, she met Michael C. Latham, a South African medical student; they were married a few months later. After a year in Los Angeles, they spent nearly a decade in Tanganyika (now Tanzania), East Africa, where Latham worked for the Colonial Medical Service. During this time they had two sons, Miles (1956- ) and Mark (1958- ). The Lathams returned to the United States in 1964, and Lamb resumed her studies at Boston University; they were divorced several years later. Lamb completed her Ph.D. in English and taught at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. She edited Touchstones: Letters Between Two Women, 1953-1964 (New York: Harper & Row, 1983), a collection of letters between herself and Kathryn Hohlwein.

Kathryn Joyce Jerrell Hohlwein (1930- ), writer and teacher, was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of Warner and Helen Jerrell. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Utah in 1953 and her M.A. in creative writing from Middlebury College in Vermont two years later. During a year in France on a Fulbright teaching scholarship, she met and married Hans-Juergen Hohlwein, a German painter. The couple taught together in Beirut for two years, lived briefly in Scotland, and then returned to the United States; a series of teaching posts took them to Des Moines, Iowa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Columbus, Ohio. They had three children during this time: Reinhard (1955- ), Andrea (1961- ), and Laura (1963- ). The Hohlweins were divorced in l972.

For further biographical information on Lamb and Hohlwein, see Touchstones: Letters Between Two Women, 1953-1964.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 85-M166, 88-M31, 90-M74

The papers of Patricia Frazer Lamb and Kathryn Hohlwein were given to the Schlesinger Library by Patricia Frazer Lamb between August 1985 and May 1990.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Patricia Frazer Lamb Papers, 1952-1979 (85-M233).

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: August 1985

By: Elizabeth Young

Updated: April 2014

By: Anne Engelhart

Lamb, Patricia Frazer. Papers of Patricia Frazer Lamb and Kathryn Hohlwein, 1949-1985: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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