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Joseph B. Lambert Collection

Identifier: 11/3/8/8

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Scope and Contents

The Biographical Files contain clippings collected regarding Lambert's life, awards, publications, and achievements. This information will be of particular use to researchers who in search of either an overview of Lambert's work, or outside opinions on Lambert and his research.

The Subject Files span twenty boxes in two series, and contain a variety of documents related to the field of organic chemistry. Most notable are a number of items related to Lambert's involvement with chemistry research organizations and journals such as the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry. Also included are files related to Lambert's teaching activities and his involvement with Northwestern University.

The Student Files span 11 boxes and contain Lambert's documentation regarding the progress of his student advisees, and other students. All files in this section are restricted and can only be accessed with the permission of the University Archivist.

The Manuscripts Files span 12 boxes and contain various papers, books, and drafts written by Lambert throughout his career as well as a few awards directly related to that work. Of particular note are Lambert's drafts for his book on NMR and his thesis drafts.

The Correspondence Files span 12 boxes and contain letters, e-mails, faxes, etc. related to Lambert's work. These include correspondence with collaborators, publishers, and other researchers and professors.


  • 1944-2011
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/06/2010


Conditions Governing Access

Box 10 and all contents of the Student Files series are restricted; consultation with University Archivist required prior to use.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


52.00 Boxes

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Joseph Lambert joined the Northwestern University chemistry faculty in 1965, where taught until his retirement in 2010. The Joseph B. Lambert Collection includes biographical information, subject files, student records, manuscripts, and correspondence.


The Joseph B. Lambert Collection is organized into: biographical files, subject files (two alphabetical sequences, sub-arranged by date), student files (student advisees are arranged alphabetically by surname; there is a separate sequence at the end for students who were not thesis advisees), manuscript files (in alphabetical order), and correspondence files (in chronological order, sub-arranged alphabetically by surname or name of company or organization).

Source of Acquisition


Method of Acquisition

The contents of the Joseph B. Lambert Collection were donated to the Northwestern University Archives by Professor Joseph Lambert as part of accession #10-120. The contents of the Biographical File were integrated from the University Archives’ biographical file on Joseph Lambert.

Separated Materials

One box marked by Lambert as Administrative Files, and containing class schedules and faculty/student directories that Lambert acquired over his tenure at Northwestern, was removed and added to the General Files.

Processing Information

Joy North, Julie Kliegman, Ben Francis, Noah Steimel, John Saylor and James Golinkoff, Joseph Figlio, and Benn Joseph, Summer 2012- Spring 2014.

Guide to the Joseph B. Lambert Collection
Joy North, Julie Kliegman, Ben Francis, Noah Steimel, John Saylor and James Golinkoff, Joseph Figlio, and Benn Joseph, Summer 2012 - Spring 2014.
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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