Skip to main content
COLLECTION Identifier: MC 228; T-159

Papers of Helen Boyden Lamb, 1937-1975

Correspondence, drafts, notes, etc., of Helen Boyden Lamb, economist.

Dates

  • 1937-1975

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Folder #22 is unavailable for research until July 2019 while being digitized. The remainder of the collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the unpublished papers created by Helen Boyden Lamb is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.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.

Extent

4.17 linear feet ((10 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder, 1 folio+ folder, 3 audiotapes)

The collection includes some personal papers and correspondence with relatives and friends; correspondence and publications connected with Helen Boyden Lamb's work on Indian economics and on Vietnam; and some material on other political issues, including China, Cuba, and women's rights. There are also several folders of advertisements and reviews of books that interested Lamb. The largest part of the collection pertains to Lamb's work on Vietnam. In addition to correspondence with individuals and organizations in the United States and abroad, there are papers relating to her published writing on Vietnam, including interviews with Vietnamese political exiles in Paris for an article in The Nation (August 10, 1963) and notes, correspondence and advertising for her widely-distributed pamphlet, "The Tragedy of Vietnam" (1964) and her book, Vietnam's Will to Live: Resistance to Foreign Aggression from Early Times Through the Nineteenth Century (1972). There are extensive drafts of chapters for Vietnam's Will to Live that were not used. Also in the collection are notes and invitations for speeches given by Lamb, mostly from 1963 to 1966, as well as copies and newsclippings of open letters she signed and letters to the editor she wrote from 1962 to 1974. There are several folders of flyers, announcements and other ephemera which reflect major anti-war activities from 1963 to 1972, primarily in the New York area. There is some background material on Vietnam, but most of Lamb's Vietnam literature has been given to the Indochina Resource Center in Washington, D.C.

BIOGRAPHY

Helen Elizabeth Boyden was born on May 31, 1906, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Walter Lincoln and Elizabeth Boyden. She majored in history at Radcliffe College, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated in 1928; her senior thesis was entitled "Metics in Athens." In 1936 she married Robert Keen Lamb (1905-1952), an economist and Harvard graduate. From 1938 to 1947 the Lambs lived in Washington, D.C., where Helen was a research analyst for the Foreign Economic Administration, working on the United States Government Guide Program for the American occupation of Japan, while Robert was a special investigator for various Congressional committees, and later a lobbyist for the United Steel Workers of America. Lamb received her Ph.D. from Radcliffe in 1943, writing an important dissertation on "Industrial Relations in the Western Lettuce Industry." In 1947 the Lambs returned to Cambridge, where Lamb joined the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to do research on India's economy. Robert Keen Lamb taught in MIT's Division of Humanities and Social Sciences until his death from cancer on August 25, 1952. Lamb remained in Cambridge, working at MIT and raising her three children, Robert Boyden Lamb (Robin), Roland William Boyden Lamb (Billy), and Albert Boyden Lamb (Al).

In 1962 Lamb moved to New York and married Corliss Lamont (Corliss Lamont), author and philosopher, who had been director of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1932 to 1954. About this time she became concerned with the growing United States involvement in Vietnam and began to study the conflict there. She campaigned actively against the war, giving speeches, writing about the war from an academic viewpoint, giving money to anti-war organizations, participating in demonstrations and marches -- and was thus instrumental in bringing the war to the attention of the American public. Her efforts were notable enough to earn her a place on President Nixon's Enemies' List of 1973. She died in New York City on July 21, 1975.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in four series:
  1. Series I. Biographical, Personal Correspondence and Miscellaneous.Folders 1-33.
  2. Series II. India. Folders 34-38.
  3. Series III. Vietnam. Folders 39-139.
  4. Series IV. Other Political Material. Folders 140-150.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 75-377, 76-16, 76-119, 76-133, 76-316, 76-412

The papers of Helen Boyden Lamb Lamont were given to the Schlesinger Library in November 1975 and between January and December 1976 by Corliss Lamont.

CONTAINER LIST

  1. Box 1: 1-17
  2. Box 2: 18-33
  3. Box 3: 34-51
  4. Box 4: 52-66
  5. Box 5: 67-77
  6. Box 6: 78-90
  7. Box 7: 91-106
  8. Box 8: 107-14
  9. Box 9: 115-131
  10. Box 10: 132-150
  11. Oversize folder: 1o
  12. Folio+ folder
Index of Individuals
  1. Adams, Taylor la, 8,40,89,90,98,142
  2. Aldrich, Betty 8,105
  3. Alper, Ben 16
  4. Alper, Ethel 16,39,88,89
  5. Arnett, Katharine M. 65
  6. Bain, Joe S. 34
  7. Bao, N.B. 100,118
  8. Barron, Harriet 65
  9. Bartlett, Sen. E.L. 98
  10. Berkeley, Edmund 8,39,90,118,142, 150
  11. Berkeley, Sue 8
  12. Bodde, Derk 90, 143
  13. Bofman, Albert 86
  14. Book, Helen Houston 7
  15. Boudin, Jean 8
  16. Boyden, Candace 7
  17. Boyden, Cynthia 6
  18. Boyden, Elizabeth B. 2,6,22
  19. Boyden, Linclon 6
  20. Boyden, Roland 6,73
  21. Branfman, Fred 58
  22. Braverman, Harry la,103,104
  23. Brimmer, Andrew 8,34
  24. Browne, Robert S. 84, 98
  25. Bundy, McGeorge 42
  26. Cameron, Angus 3
  27. Chesnaux, Jean 43,93
  28. Choamsky, Noam 39
  29. Church, Sen. Frank 92
  30. Clark, Cynthia 96
  31. Cleveland, Francis Grover 8
  32. Clubb, O. Edmund 39,98,117
  33. Cramer, Doughten 3,8,16
  34. Crane, John O. 8
  35. Crane, Sylvia E. la,8
  36. Davis, Jerome 39,90,92,142
  37. Devillers, Philippe 43,93,116
  38. Dhar, Sheila 9,16
  39. Diamond, Sigmund 9,91,102
  40. Dighe, V.G. 9,34
  41. Durr, Clifford 9
  42. Durr, Virginia 9,16
  43. Ellender, Sen. Allen J. 98
  44. Ellis, Alice 9,16,34
  45. Evarts, John 9
  46. Fairbank, John King 3,34
  47. Fairbank, Wilma Cannon 9
  48. Fall, Bernard 117
  49. Feild, Robert 9,16
  50. Filho, Cesar Dacorso 84,92,98
  51. Fishel, Wesley R. 43,92
  52. Francois Le Quang 43,44,93
  53. Fritchman, Stephen H. 18, 39, 90
  54. Fulbright, Sen. J. William 42
  55. Gage-Colby, Ruth 39
  56. Galbraith, Kitty 9
  57. Geismar, Maxwell la,105
  58. Gellhorn, Walter 65
  59. Genovese, Eugene D. 150
  60. Gessner, Peter 20
  61. Goldburg, Robert E. 16,92
  62. Gordon, Jesse la,16,89,104,106
  63. Gough, Kathleen 41,150
  64. Greene, Felix 92,142
  65. Gruening, Sen. Ernest 101
  66. Gumbo, Judy 1o
  67. Hamel, Bernard 87
  68. Hassler, Alfred 60,61
  69. Hendry, James B. 39
  70. Hester, Brig. Gen. Hugh B. 92, 106
  71. Hinton, Carmelita 10,65
  72. Hinton, William 10
  73. Ho Chi Minh 44
  74. Ho Thong Minh 50,93
  75. Hoang, Xuan Han 43,44,93
  76. Holland, William Lancelot 38
  77. Howes, Elizabeth Boyden 7,16
  78. Huger, Louise P. 85
  79. Hughes, Everett Cherrington 3,9,34
  80. Humphrey, Sen. Hubert Horatio 98
  81. Hunebelle, Danielle 43,118
  82. Huynh, Kim Khanh 39
  83. Irish, Mary 105
  84. Jafferis, George 7
  85. Jafferis, Katherine 7
  86. James, Alice Runnels 3
  87. Johnson, Oakley C. 100
  88. Kannappan, Nancy and Subbiah 10
  89. Kennedy, Sen. Robert Francis 42
  90. King, William 2,10
  91. Lamb, Albert la,4
  92. Lamb, Elizabeth Scott 7,16
  93. Lamb, Robert Keen la,3
  94. Lamb, Robin la,4,140
  95. Lamb, Rosemarie Wittman 136
  96. Lamb, William la,4
  97. Lamont, Anne 7
  98. Lamont, Beth 7
  99. Lamont, Christopher 7
  100. Lamont, Corliss 1,la,2,3,5,40-42,44,61,84-86,88,89,91,96,98-100,104,106,123, 141,148
  101. Lamont, Hayes C. 7
  102. Lamont, Juliet 7
  103. Lattimore, Owen 144
  104. Laub, Levi 63
  105. Le Thanh Khoi 43,44,93
  106. Lester, Anthony 11
  107. Lindbergh, Anne Morrow 11
  108. Lodge, Henry Cabot 43
  109. Luce, Phillip Abbott 19,40
  110. Luscomb, Florence H. 11
  111. McAvoy, Clifford 11
  112. McAvoy, Muriel 11,16
  113. McGovern, Sen. George 99
  114. McNamara, Robert S. 42
  115. McWilliams, Carey 127
  116. Magnuson, Sen. Warren G. 99
  117. Manning, Robert J. 42
  118. Mansfield, Sen. Mike 42
  119. Marbury, Virginia 42,95,96,123
  120. Marcuse, Herbert 17,105
  121. Markovic, Mihailo 11
  122. Marr, David 58
  123. Masefield, John 5
  124. Mead, Margaret 11,35
  125. Mehta, G.L. 35
  126. Meillon, Gustave 94
  127. Millet, Stanley 117
  128. Mumford, Lewis 17
  129. Nash, Ernest T. 142
  130. Nghiem Van Tri 43,44,94
  131. Ngo Dinh Diem 46
  132. Ngo Vinh Long 52
  133. Nguyen De 94
  134. Nguyen Huu Tho 46
  135. Nguyen Khac Vien 43,94,105
  136. Nguyen Manh Ha 44,46,47,94,99
  137. Nguyen Ton Hoan 43,94
  138. Nguyen Van Chi 43,94
  139. Nguyen Van Luy 40
  140. Nguyen Van Sao 44
  141. Nguyen Van Thoi 94
  142. Nixon, Russ 40,99
  143. Olds, Elizabeth 12
  144. Olmsted, Mildred Scott 65
  145. Paffrath, Leslie 127
  146. Pappenheimer, Fritz 12
  147. Pauling, Ava Helen 90
  148. Peck, Jim 54,55
  149. Perry, Bernard 12,102
  150. Peterson, Esther 12
  151. Pham Duong 43,44
  152. Pham Huy Co 48,49,94
  153. Pham Van Dong 44
  154. Porritt, Ruth K. 105
  155. Ratcliffe, John 12
  156. Remar, S. Roy 84,92
  157. Riesman, David 12
  158. Roberts, Holland 99, 105
  159. Rogers, Elizabeth Schlosser Cousins 40
  160. Rosen, George 12
  161. Rosner, Jean Hinton 12
  162. Roy, Jules 94
  163. Russell, Bertrand 99
  164. Ryan, Rep. William F. 42
  165. Sambath, Huot 40
  166. Schell, Orville 54,55
  167. Schoenman, Joan Mellen 13
  168. Schoenman, Ralph 57
  169. Schuman, Frederick L. 13
  170. Scott, Larry 13
  171. Singer, Milton 35,38,40
  172. Smith, Jessica 86,99,106
  173. Sondergaard, Gale 99
  174. Sparkman, Sne. John 99
  175. Stetler, Russell, Jr. 63,99
  176. Stewart, Ella Winter see Winter, Ella
  177. Strong, Anna Louise 11
  178. Sweezy, Alan and Sue 13
  179. Sweezy, Nancy la,18,150
  180. Sweezy, Paul la,13,18,103,150
  181. Talmadge, Sen. Herman E. 99
  182. Taylor, Paul 16
  183. Thich Nhat Hanh 61,117
  184. Thorner, Alice and Daniel 14,16
  185. Thrupp, Sylvia 35
  186. Tran Van Huu 39,46,47,94
  187. Tran Van Tung 51
  188. Tyler, Gus 40
  189. Uhrie, Albert 19,41,138
  190. Van de Graaf, Catherine 16
  191. Vo Thanh Minh 43,99,118
  192. Walsh, J. Raymond 15
  193. Ward, Richard 106
  194. Weber, Palmer 15,16
  195. Williams, William Appleman 92
  196. Worthy William 41,142
  197. Winter, Ella 3,13,136
Index of Organizations
  1. American Humanist Association 18
  2. Americans for a Democratic Peace in Vietnam 90
  3. Association for Asian Studies 17
  4. Bay Area Institute 54
  5. Committee for Peace and Reconstruction 46,47
  6. Committee for a Review of Our China Policy 142
  7. Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars 55,56
  8. Committee of Struggle Against U.S. Imperialists Stooges' Persecution of Intellectuals in South Vietnam 44,53
  9. Democratic Republic of Vietnam 100
  10. Emergency Civil Liberties Committee 18
  11. Far Eastern Association 17
  12. Fellowship of Reconciliation 60,61,69
  13. Fund for Public Information 100
  14. House Un-American Activities Committee 89,141
  15. Humanist Association of America 148
  16. Indochina Resource Center 58,59
  17. Inter-University Committee for Public Hearings on Vietnam 77
  18. Jane Addams Peace Association, Inc. 65
  19. Jeannette Rankin Brigade 62,80
  20. Marlboro College 6,73
  21. May 2nd Movement 63,70
  22. National Committee for a Citizens' Commission of Inquiry on U.S. War Crimes in Vietnam 57
  23. National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam 20, 138
  24. National Council of the Vietnamese Revolution 48,49
  25. Newark Community Union Project 20
  26. Pour le Viet-Nam 50
  27. Radcliffe College 1
  28. South Vietnam National Liberation Front 100
  29. Tundra Films, Inc. 20
  30. U.S. Committee Against Militarization 86
  31. Vietnam Democratic Party 51
  32. Vietnam News Agency 53,89,100,118
  33. Vietnam Resource Center 52
  34. Vietnam Women's Union 44,64,125
  35. Women Strike for Peace 62,64
  36. Women's Emergency Coalition 62
  37. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom 65,66
  38. Xunhasaba 43,44

Processing Information

Processed: July 1976

By: Anne Whittington
Link to catalog
Title
Lamb, Helen Boyden. Papers of Helen Boyden Lamb, 1937-1975: A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
EAD ID
sch00686

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

The preeminent research library on the history of women in the United States, the Schlesinger Library documents women's lives from the past and present for the future.

Contact:
3 James St.
Cambridge MA 02138 USA
(617) 495-8647