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William G. Lambert Collection—Family History

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2018-089

Content Description

The collection consists of numerous genealogical materials relating to the family of William G. Lambert. Lambert was a native of Langford (S.D.), being born there on February 2, 1920 to William and Blanche (Townsend) Lambert. In the late 1930s, the Lambert family moved to Oregon City (OR). After serving in World War II, Lambert began working as a reporter at various newspapers in Oregon. Lambert, with Wallace Turner, won the Pulitzer Prize for the Portland Oregonian in 1957 for their investigation of union corruption. He won additional awards in the journalism field including the George Polk Award and the Heywood Broun Award. He was also a Nieman Fellow in journalism at Harvard University from 1959-1960. He worked in the administration of President John F. Kennedy and later at Time and Life magazines as well as the Inquirer. He was married to Jean (Kenway) Lambert and they had two daughters Kathy and Heather. Lambert died on February 8, 1998 in Villanova (PA). The collection consists of various items related to Lambert’s ancestors. Including original and photocopied items such as letters, obituaries, articles, pedigree/descendent charts, news clippings, research and correspondence. The collection includes more detailed research on certain ancestors. The most research found in the collection includes the families of Lambert, Townsend, Pierson, Palmer and Reid. There is also a collection of letters written from Skunk Lake, Dakota Territory (Minnehaha County) from the 1870s.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1870s-1990s



5.0 Cubic Feet