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Joseph Lambert Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 11/3/8/8
The Biographical Files span one box and contain clippings collected regarding Lambert’s life, awards, publications, and achievements. These clippings are arranged chronologically within the single folder. The biographical file will be of particular use to researchers who either want an overview of Lambert’s work or wish to see 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. Both series are arranged alphabetically with the exceptions of the NSF and PRF files, which are arranged chronologically.

The Student Files span 11 boxes and contain Lambert’s documentation regarding the progress of his student advises. Also included at the end of this section are records of Lambert’s students for whom he was not a thesis advisor. The student files are arranged alphabetically by last name. 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. The manuscripts are sorted alphabetically. Of particular note are Lambert’s drafts for his book on NMR and his thesis drafts.

The Correspondence Files span 12 boxes and contain Lambert’s saved letters, e-mails, faxes, etc. related to his work. These include correspondences with collaborators, publishers, and other researchers and professors. The correspondence files are arranged chronologically by end date and alphabetically by last name with the exception of publishers, groups, and companies, which are arranged alphabetically by company or group name.


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


Conditions Governing Access

Box 10 and all contents of the Student Files are restricted and can only be accessed with permission of the University Archivist.


52.00 Boxes


Joseph Lambert began joined the chemistry faculty in 1965 at Northwestern University, where he spent the rest of his career. At Northwestern he was director of the Integrated Science Program (1982–1985), chairman of the Chemistry Department (1986–1989), and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence (1999–2003). Lambert held the position of Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry from 1991 until his retirement in 2010. The Joseph Lambert Papers include Biographical Files, Subject Files, Student Files, Manuscript Files, and Correspondence Files from his career at Northwestern University.

Source of Acquisition

Method of Acquisition The contents of the Joseph Lambert Papers 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 Lambert Papers
Joy North, Julie Kliegman, Ben Francis, Noah Steimel, John Saylor and James Golinkoff, Joseph Figlio, and Benn Joseph, Summer 2012 - Spring 2014.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US