unc logo

Collection Number: 01481-z

Collection Title: Lamb Family Papers, 1704-1879 (bulk 1861-1864).

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Collection Overview

Size 22 items
Abstract Members of the Lamb family were residents of Elizabeth City, N.C., Williamston, N.C., and Henderson, N.C. The papers include non-military correspondence of Lieutenant Colonel John Calhoun Lamb (1835-1864), who served in the 17th North Carolina Regiment. Also included is a copy of an autograph album kept by Lieutenant Colonel Lamb while a prisoner at Fort Warren, Boston, Mass., September 1861-February 1862. Other items are personal and family letters sent and received by several family members, deeds, invitations, receipts, and calling cards.
Creator Lamb family.
Language English
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Information For Users

Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Lamb Family Papers, #1481-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. John Howell Fray of Jacksonville, Fla., February 1948
Received from Clara Flannigan of Henderson, N.C., January 1979.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subject Headings

The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Related Collections

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Biographical Information

Members of the Lamb family were residents of Elizabeth City, N.C., Williamston, N.C., and Henderson, N.C. John Calhoun Lamb (1835-1864) was the captain of the Roanoke Guards of the 17th Regiment of the North Carolina Volunteers and was stationed at Fort Clark, Hatteras Inlet, N.C., when it fell to Union troops on 27 August 1861. He was captured and sent to Fort Warren, Boston, Mass., and eventually released. He was wounded and died at Petersburg, Va. in May 1864. Before the war, he owned a hotel in Williamston, N.C. His brothers were Wilson Gray Lamb (b. 1843) who served as a lieutenant in the 17th Regiment of North Carolina Volunteers; Gideon; and G. Charles (b. 1856). His sisters were Matilda Lamb Morton (1857-1942), Helen, and Mary Eliza.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Scope and Content

The papers include non-military correspondence of Lieutenant Colonel John Calhoun Lamb. Also included is a copy of an autograph album kept by Lieutenant Colonel Lamb while a prisoner at Fort Warren, Boston, Mass., September 1861-February 1862. Other items are personal and family letters sent and received by several family members, deeds, invitations, receipts, and calling cards.

Back to Top

Contents list

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Lamb Family Papers, 1704-1879.

Folder 1

Original finding aid #01481-z, Series: "Lamb Family Papers, 1704-1879." Folder 1

Correspondence, financial papers, and miscellaneous material, 1704, 1858-1864, 1879 #01481-z, Series: "Lamb Family Papers, 1704-1879." Folder 1

Included are letters to John C. Lamb, invitations, receipts, and greeting and calling cards. There is also a deed from William Rogerson to Abner Williams, Pasquotank County, N.C., and a copy of a 1704 letter from Joshua Lamb to Governor Robert Daniel concerning the title to land on Roanoke Island.

Folder 2

Autograph album, 1861-1862 #01481-z, Series: "Lamb Family Papers, 1704-1879." Folder 2

Copy of the 62-page autograph album kept by Lieutenant Colonel John C. Lamb while a prisoner of war at Fort Warren, Boston, Mass. It includes the autographs of many of his fellow prisoners and an indication of their home towns, copies of letters, and a note about the death of Lamb.

Back to Top

Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, March 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Back to Top