Guide to the George G. Lamb (1906-1977) Papers

Collection Title: George G. Lamb (1906-1977) Papers
Dates: 1935-1977
Identification: 22/4/2
Creator: Lamb, George G., 1906-1977
Extent: 15 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The George G. Lamb Papers fill thirteen boxes and one oversize folder and span the years from 1935 to 1977. The Papers are arranged in nine categories including: biographical materials, general and family correspondence, teaching files, research files, professional societies, papers presented at professional meetings, publications, administrative materials, and miscellaneous.
The biographical materials include curricula vitae, faculty report forms, biographical data for various publications, lists of publications, news releases, clippings, and travel and related materials.
Acquisition Information: The George C. Lamb Papers were donated to the University Archives by Mrs. George Lamb on August 25, 1977 (Accession #77-14). A small amount of additional materials were added from the Archives' biographical files (Accession #82-95). Addition 1: Mrs. Esther Lamb Monrad (George Lamb's widow) donated these letters to the University Archives on October 13, 1986 (Accession #86-198). Addition 2: Donated to the University Archives by Mrs. Esther Lamb Monrad on July 7, 1987 (Accession #87-134). Addition 3: Mrs. Esther Lamb Monrad donated this addition to the University Archives in 1984 and 1987 (Accessions #84-40 and #87-222). (Received through the courtesy of Rolf H. Erickson, Northwestern University Library.)
Processing Information: William K. Beatty; November, 1983-February, 1984.Addition 1: William K. Beatty; November, 1986.Addition 2: William B. Beatty; July, 1987.Addition 3: William K. Beatty; November, 1987.
Separated Materials: Three oversize photographs were transferred to the Archives photograph collection. A substantial number of certificates, diplomas, drawings, charts, and graphs have been placed in an oversize folder.Addition 3:Three photographs were transferred to the University Archives' photograph collection. A naval reserve air medal was transferred to the Archives' artifacts collection. Four boxes of 3x5" cards, primarily abstracts from various bibliographic services as well as references, reading notes, publishers' announcements, and address records have been discarded as was a small amount of duplicate material.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

George G. Lamb was born April 26, 1906, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of John C. and Helen Goodrich Lamb. He obtained his B.S. (1927) and M.S. (1928) from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. (1935) from New York University, all in chemical engineering. From 1935 to 1941 Lamb did research and design work for the Standard Oil Company (Indiana) at Whiting, Indiana. During World War II he served in the United States Navy, working primarily on aviation fuel projects. Lamb came to Northwestern University in 1946 as professor of chemical engineering, remaining until retirement in 1971.

He taught abroad three times: in Finland, 1954-1955; Indonesia, 1958-1959; and the Sudan, 1962-1965. Lamb went into semi-retirement in 1965 to devote half his time to the interdisciplinary study of societal change. Northwestern named Lamb emeritus professor in 1971 although he continued to teach part-time until 1975.

Lamb married Esther Bolitho on September 10, 1930. The couple had two children, Douglas P., born November 21, 1931, and William B., born May 6, 1937. Lamb died in California on February 24, 1977, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Scope and Content

The George G. Lamb Papers fill thirteen boxes and one oversize folder and span the years from 1935 to 1977. The Papers are arranged in nine categories including: biographical materials, general and family correspondence, teaching files, research files, professional societies, papers presented at professional meetings, publications, administrative materials, and miscellaneous.

The biographical materials include curricula vitae, faculty report forms, biographical data for various publications, lists of publications, news releases, clippings, and travel and related materials.

The general correspondence, filling about one box, is arranged chronologically in folders and consists primarily of letters dealing with Lamb's writings, research, attendance at meetings, and other educational and business matters. Several letters are of special interest: one from Lamb to Carl G. Olson (September 17, 1974) contains much biographical information; one from Mrs. Lamb (December 13, 1964) written the day after she arrived in London from the Sudan, in which she describes in detail riots in Khartoum; one from Lamb to John Logan (December 17, 1969) describes the events leading up to Lamb's decision in 1962 to take partial retirement from Northwestern in 1965 and embark upon a ten-year program of study and work toward the application of engineering methods to societal problems. A large portion of the post-1962 correspondence deals with this theoretical and abstruse subject. Lamb often wrote one or two drafts of a letter before composing a final copy; in many cases these drafts exist and are filed with the final copies.

Family correspondence consists mostly of letters from Esther to George written during the months following World War II and pertaining to housing, George's plans, and the Lamb children. A few folders of topical correspondence and recommendations are arranged at the end of the subseries.

The teaching files subseries fills five boxes. These files include Lamb's notes, syllabi, assignment problems, grades, and student evaluations mainly from courses taught at Northwestern. Grade books and materials relating to graduate students also are included. Of interest is one folder of material concerning Northwestern's Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Science and Technology. Lamb promoted the interdisciplinary concept and supported the Center's work. Of his three teaching stints abroad only his work in the Sudan is substantially documented.

The research files consist of a small amount of funding proposals and related notes.

The professional societies materials consist primarily of correspondence and notes pertaining to organizational meetings at which Lamb participated in an informal manner or performed some minor duties. These materials are arranged in folders alphabetically according to name of society.

Filling more than three boxes, the papers presented at professional meetings are arranged chronologically by meeting date. A typical folder contains pertinent correspondence, notes, draft(s) of the paper, and a final copy if printed. The papers dating prior to 1960 deal with technical or educational matters. Most of those dating after 1960 concern Lamb's studies on the application of engineering concepts and techniques to the problems of society.

The publications subseries fills eleven folders and includes primarily drafts of articles and reports as well as copies of book reviews. Most of the publications are of a technical nature.

The administrative materials are arranged in six folders and contain small amounts of notes, correspondence, and related items pertaining to Lamb's work on various Northwestern University committees.

The miscellaneous category includes a small number of notes on courses Lamb took or audited at Northwestern in pursuit of his program to apply engineering concepts to the problems of society.

Addition 1:

Fifty-two letters, dating from 1945 through 1947, written by George Lamb and members of his family have been added to this series. The letters have been interfiled within the general and family correspondence.

Most of the letters were written by Lamb to his wife and deal, in large part, with Lamb's service in the U.S. Navy. Stationed in Tokyo during much of this period, Lamb interrogated Japanese military personnel and civilians regarding petroleum and oil production. There are several letters between Lamb's mother and wife and between Lamb and his children.

Addition 2:

This addition includes biographical material, correspondence, and miscellaneous research notes.

The correspondence consists primarily of notes and letters exchanged between Lamb and Charles M. Thatcher concerning a panel discussion at a meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1975.

Addition 3:

The addition is comprised of biographical materials, materials relating to Lamb's military service, and general correspondence.

The biographical materials include Lamb's alien's visa for his travel in Finland (1954-1955), Esther B. Lamb's International Driving Permit (1962), several clippings, and related items.

The material pertaining to Lamb's military service documents his research on aviation fuels and his work with the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey. This work entailed a visit to Japan and the interrogation of several Japanese to obtain information concerning the effectiveness of strategic bombing on that country. Lamb's flight logs (1927-1945) from his service at Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn and Glenview Naval Air Base also are found here.

General correspondence relates primarily to Lamb's industrial and academic work including his travels, speeches, and writings as well as various personal matters. The correspondence is arranged in chronological order. A folder correspondence from Lamb to Esther Bolito, later his wife, completes the addition.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Science and Tech

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Chemical Engineering--Faculty

Personal Name

Lamb, George G., 1906-1977

Subjects

Chemical engineering--Study and teaching (Higher)--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Material
    • Personal Data, 1945 – 1970Box 1, Folder 1
    • Bibliography, 1935 – 1973Box 1, Folder 2
    • News Releases, Certificates, 1955 – 1977Box 1, Folder 3
    • Travel, 1962 – 1976Box 1, Folder 4
  • General and Family Correspondence
    • General Correspondence, 1935 – 1949Box 1, Folder 5
    • General Correspondence, 1950 – 1959Box 1, Folder 6
    • General Correspondence, 1960 – 1968Box 1, Folder 7
    • General Correspondence, 1969Box 1, Folder 8
    • General Correspondence, 1970Box 1, Folder 9
    • General Correspondence, 1971Box 1, Folder 10
    • General Correspondence, 1972Box 2, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence, 1973Box 2, Folder 2
    • General Correspondence, 1974Box 2, Folder 3
    • General Correspondence, 1975Box 2, Folder 4
    • General Correspondence, 1976 – 1977Box 2, Folder 5
    • Family Correspondence, 1945 – 1946Box 2, Folder 6
    • General Systems Journal, 1969 – 1971Box 2, Folder 7
    • Kinzel, A.B., 1966 – 1969Box 2, Folder 8
    • Recommendations, 1946 – 1968Box 2, Folder 9
  • Teaching Recommendations
    • Engineering A10, Notes, 1959 – 1960Box 2, Folder 10
    • Engineering A10, Syllabi, 1960Box 2, Folder 11
    • Engineering A10, Assignment Problems, 1960Box 2, Folder 12
    • Engineering A10, Grades and Evaluations, 1960Box 3, Folder 1
    • Engineering A10, Syllabi, 1960 – 1961Box 3, Folder 2
    • Engineering A10, Assignment Problems, 1960 – 1961Box 3, Folder 3
    • Engineering A10, Grades and Evaluations, 1960 – 1961Box 3, Folder 4
    • Engineering A10, Notes, 1961Box 3, Folder 5
    • Engineering B01, Notes, 1956 – 1970Box 3, Folder 6
    • Engineering B02, Assignment Problems, 1970Box 3, Folder 7
    • Engineering B02, grades, 1970Box 3, Folder 8
    • Engineering B03, Assignment Problems, 1964 – 1970Box 4, Folder 1
    • Engineering B03, Assignment Problems, 1964 – 1970Box 4, Folder 2
    • Engineering B03, Grades, 1965 – 1968Box 4, Folder 3
    • Engineering C23, Notes, 1973 – 1974Box 4, Folder 4
    • Engineering C40, Notes, 1968Box 4, Folder 5
    • Engineering C51, Syllabi, 1957 – 1951Box 4, Folder 6
    • Engineering C51, Notes, 1955 – 1959Box 4, Folder 7
    • Engineering C51, Notes, 1960 – 1965Box 4, Folder 8
    • Engineering C51, Notes, 1966Box 4, Folder 9
    • Engineering C51, Assignment Problems, 1967Box 4, Folder 10
    • Engineering C51, Assignment Problems, 1968Box 4, Folder 11
    • Engineering C51, Assignment Problems, 1969Box 4, Folder 12
    • Engineering C51, Assignment Problems, 1970Box 5, Folder 1
    • Engineering C51, Assignment Problems, 1971Box 5, Folder 2
    • Engineering C51, Grades and Evaluations, 1959 – 1971Box 5, Folder 3
    • Engineering C52, Notes, 1958 – 1966Box 5, Folder 4
    • Engineering C52, Assignment Problems, 1967Box 5, Folder 5
    • Engineering C53, Notes, 1961Box 5, Folder 6
    • Engineering C95, C98, C99, 1954 – 1971Box 5, Folder 7
    • Chemical Engineering 13, Notes, 1946Box 5, Folder 8
    • Chemical Engineering 201, Notes, 1946 – 1954Box 5, Folder 9
    • Chemical Engineering 202, Notes, 1946 – 1954Box 5, Folder 10
    • Chemical Engineering 209 and 300x, 1946 – 1965Box 6, Folder 1
    • Chemical Engineering 302 and 303, 1947 – 1953Box 6, Folder 2
    • Chemical Engineering 421, Notes, 1951 – 1952Box 6, Folder 3
    • Chemical Engineering 422, Notes, 1947 – 1954Box 6, Folder 4
    • Chemical Engineering 451, Notes, 1946 – 1953Box 6, Folder 5
    • Chemical Engineering 452, Notes, 1948 – 1952Box 6, Folder 6
    • Chemical Engineering 601A, Notes, 1947 – 1954Box 6, Folder 7
    • Chemical Engineering 660, 661, and 665, 1947 – 1955Box 6, Folder 8
    • Chemical Engineering 695 and 699, 1947 – 1956Box 6, Folder 9
    • D99, Notes, 1946 – 1968Box 6, Folder 10
    • E10, 1961 – 1977Box 6, Folder 11
    • E10, 1961 – 1977Box 7, Folder 1
    • Miscellaneous Assignment Problems, 1947 – 1949Box 7, Folder 2
    • Problems for Students, n.d.Box 7, Folder 3
    • Grade Books, 1946 – 1971Box 7, Folder 4
    • Theses Directed, List of, 1947 – 1958Box 7, Folder 5
    • Graduate Students, Miscellaneous, 1949 – 1974Box 7, Folder 6
    • Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Science and Technology, 1973 – 1976Box 7, Folder 7
    • Finland, 1954 – 1955Box 7, Folder 8
    • Indonesia, 1958 – 1959Box 7, Folder 9
    • Sudan, 1962 – 1965Box 7, Folder 10
    • Sudan, 1962 – 1965Box 8, Folder 1
  • Research Files
    • American Chemical Society, Proposal, 1961Box 8, Folder 2
    • Engineering Foundation, Proposal, 1974Box 8, Folder 3
    • Fulbright Application, 1970 – 1972Box 8, Folder 4
    • Social Science Research Council, Proposal, 1967 – 1971Box 8, Folder 5
    • Notes, 1961 – 1974Box 8, Folder 6
    • Notes, 1961 – 1974Box 8, Folder 7
  • Professional Societies
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1975 – 1976Box 8, Folder 8
    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1971 – 1976Box 8, Folder 9
    • American Society for Cybernetics, 1962 – 1969Box 8, Folder 10
    • American Society for Engineering Education, 1969 – 1976Box 8, Folder 11
    • American Technion Society, 1970Box 8, Folder 12
    • Center for Interdisciplinary Creativity, 1971Box 8, Folder 13
    • Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, 1971 – 1972Box 8, Folder 14
    • Engineering Foundation Research Conferences, 1968Box 8, Folder 15
    • Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 1972 – 1973Box 9, Folder 1
    • Institution of Chemical Engineers, 1954 – 1955Box 9, Folder 2
    • Kumasi (Ghana) Conference on Engineering Education, 1967 – 1969Box 9, Folder 3
    • Peace Research Society, 1966Box 9, Folder 4
    • Simulation in the Service of Society, 1970 – 1971Box 9, Folder 5
    • Society for General Systems Research, 1968 – 1973Box 9, Folder 6
    • Society for General Systems Research, 1974 – 1975Box 9, Folder 7
    • Tau Beta Pi, 1972Box 9, Folder 8
    • World Federalists, 1969 – 1970Box 9, Folder 9
    • World Future Society, 1975Box 9, Folder 10
    • World Simulation Organization, 1973 – 1975Box 9, Folder 11
  • Papers Presented at Professional Meetings
    • American Chemical Society, May 1952, June 1954, 1952 – 1954Box 9, Folder 12
    • Oklahoma Institute of Technology, Jan. 1955, 1954 – 1955Box 9, Folder 13
    • Armour Research Foundation, Feb., 1957, 1957Box 9, Folder 14
    • Indonesian Scientific Conference, Aug. 1958, 1948 – 1961Box 9, Folder 15
    • Tau Beta Pi, Iowa Alpha, Jan., 1960, 1959 – 1960Box 9, Folder 16
    • Chemical Engineers and the Behavioral, Sciences, Sept. 1966, 1966Box 9, Folder 17
    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Dec., 1966, 1966Box 9, Folder 18
    • Engineering Foundation Research Conferences, Aug., 1967, 1967Box 9, Folder 19
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dec., 1967Box 10, Folder 1
    • African Studies Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar, Apr., 1968, 1968Box 10, Folder 2
    • University of Oklahoma, Sept., 1968, 1968Box 10, Folder 3
    • Society for General Systems Research, Sept., 1968, 1968 – 1969Box 10, Folder 4
    • Interamerican Congress of Chemical Engineering, Apr., 1969, 1968 – 1969Box 10, Folder 5
    • American Society for Engineering Education, June, 1969, 1968 – 1969Box 10, Folder 6
    • International Congress of Cybernetics, Sept., 1969, 1969 – 1972Box 10, Folder 7
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Oct., 1969, 1969Box 10, Folder 8
    • Midwestern International Studies, Apr., 1970, 1969 – 1970Box 10, Folder 9
    • American Society for Cybernetics, Oct., 1970, 1969 – 1971Box 10, Folder 10
    • American Society for Cybernetics, Oct., 1970, 1969 – 1971Box 11, Folder 1
    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers, May, 1971, 1970 – 1971Box 11, Folder 2
    • Institute of Systems Educations, Sept., 1971, 1971Box 11, Folder 3
    • Center for Study of Democratic Institutions, Sept., 1971, 1971Box 11, Folder 4
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1971Box 11, Folder 5
    • Osterreiichische Studien Gesellchaft Fur Kybernetik, May, 1972, 1972 – 1973Box 11, Folder 6
    • International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems, Aug., 1972, 1969 – 1972Box 11, Folder 7
    • Society for General Systems Research (Chicago Chapter), May, 1973, 1973Box 11, Folder 8
    • Society for General Systems Research (Far West Region), Sept. 1973, 1973Box 11, Folder 9
    • Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Jan., 1974, 1973 – 1974Box 11, Folder 10
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Feb., 1974, 1973 – 1974Box 11, Folder 11
    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers, May, 1974, 1971 – 1974Box 11, Folder 12
    • Society for General Systems Research, Apr., 1974, 1973 – 1975Box 11, Folder 13
    • Society for General Systems Research (Far West Region), 1973 – 1974Box 12, Folder 1
    • World Future Society, June, 1975, 1975 – 1976Box 12, Folder 2
    • International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems,, 1975 – 1976Box 12, Folder 3
    • Northwestern Chemical Engineering Faculty Seminar, 1975Box 12, Folder 4
    • Society for General Systems Research (Far West Region), 1975 – 1976Box 12, Folder 5
    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1973 - 1976Box 12, Folder 6
    • Engineering Foundation Conference Mar.,1976, 1975 -1976Box 12, Folder 7
    • American Society for Engineering Education, June, 1976, 1975 – 1976Box 12, Folder 8
    • Society for General Systems Research (Far West Region), 1973 – 1976Box 12, Folder 9
    • International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences, 1975 – 1976Box 12, Folder 10
    • International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences, 1975 – 1976Box 13, Folder 1
  • Publications
    • Book Reviews By, n.d.Box 13, Folder 2
    • Miscellaneous, 1955, 1969-73Box 13, Folder 3
    • Patents, 1944 – 1945Box 13, Folder 4
    • Articles
      • Chemical and Physical Kinetics of Combustion, 1961Box 13, Folder 5
      • Fuels, Internal Combustion, 1950Box 13, Folder 6
      • Spectrum of Knowledge Revisited, 1973Box 13, Folder 7
      • System Analysis of Engineering Education at the University of Khartoum, n.d.Box 13, Folder 8
      • Reprints, 1946 – 1970Box 13, Folder 9
    • Reports
      • Fundamental Factors… of Fuel Anti-Knock Performance, 1952Box 13, Folder 10
      • Vapor Pressure, 1950Box 13, Folder 11
      • Vapor Pressure, 1951Box 13, Folder 12
  • Administrative Materials
    • Committee on Astronautics, 1959Box 13, Folder 13
    • Department of Chemical Engineering, 1959-62, 1970Box 13, Folder 14
    • Disciplinary Committee, 1960 – 1962Box 13, Folder 15
    • Fulbright Committee, 1966 – 1970Box 13, Folder 16
    • Leland Forum Committee, 1969 – 1971Box 13, Folder 17
    • Social Science Committee, 1966 – 1967Box 13, Folder 18
  • Miscellaneous
    • Educational Materials, 1960 – 1971Box 13, Folder 19
  • Additions
    • Pan American Clipper International Date Line Certificate, Feb 12, 1958Box 14, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence, 1974 – 1975Box 14, Folder 2
    • Research Notes, n.d.Box 14, Folder 3
    • Biographical Materials, 1933 – 1973Box 15, Folder 1
    • Educational Materials, 1933 – 1934Box 15, Folder 2
    • Aviation Fuels, 1942 – 1946Box 15, Folder 3
    • Flights Logs and Related Materials (U.S. Naval Reserve), 1927 – 1945Box 15, Folder 4
    • Travel Orders, 1941 – 1944Box 15, Folder 5
    • U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, 1942 – 1945Box 15, Folder 6
    • General Correspondence, 1928 – 1939Box 15, Folder 7
    • General Correspondence, 1940 – 1959Box 15, Folder 8
    • General Correspondence, 1960 – 1981Box 15, Folder 9
    • General Correspondence, n.d.Box 15, Folder 10
    • Bolitho, Esther: Correspondence, 1925 – 1930Box 15, Folder 11