Lamb, Helen Boyden

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Helen Boyden Lamb Lamont (1906-1975), an economist (Radcliffe, A.B., 1928, Ph.D, 1943), was a research analyst for the Foreign Economic Administration of the US government and for the Center for International Studies at MIT, where she studied India's economy. Later in life she was active in civil liberties work and a leader of the anti-Vietnam War protest, as a result of which she was included on President Nixon's Enemies List of 1973. Born Helen Elizabeth Boyden, she married Robert Keen Lamb (1905-1952) in 1936; they had three sons. In 1962 she married Corliss Lamont (1902-).

From the description of Papers, 1937-1975 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232006697

Helen Elizabeth Boyden was born on May 31, 1906, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Walter Lincoln and Elizabeth Boyden. She majored in history at Radcliffe College, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated in 1928; her senior thesis was entitled "Metics in Athens." In 1936 she married Robert Keen Lamb (1905-1952), an economist and Harvard graduate. From 1938 to 1947 the Lambs lived in Washington, D.C., where Helen (hereinafter HLL) was a research analyst for the Foreign Economic Administration, working on the U.S. Government Guide Program for the American occupation of Japan, while Robert (RKL) was a special investigator for various Congressional committees, and later a lobbyist for the United Steel Workers of America. HLL received her Ph.D. from Radcliffe in 1943, writing an important dissertation on "Industrial Relations in the Western Lettuce Industry." In 1947 the Lambs returned to Cambridge, where HLL joined the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to do research on India's economy. RKL taught in MIT's Division of Humanities and Social Sciences until his death from cancer on August 25, 1952. HLL remained in Cambridge, working at MIT and raising her three children, Robert Boyden Lamb (Robin), Roland William Boyden Lamb (Billy), and Albert Boyden Lamb (Al).

In 1962 HLL moved to New York and married Corliss Lamont (CL), author and philosopher, who had been director of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1932 to 1954. About this time she became concerned with the growing U.S. involvement in Vietnam and began to study the conflict there. She campaigned actively against the war, giving speeches, writing about the war from an academic viewpoint, giving money to anti-war organizations, participating in demonstrations and marches -- and was thus instrumental in bringing the war to the attention of the American public. Her efforts were notable enough to earn her a place on President Nixon's Enemies' List of 1973. She died in New York City on July 21, 1975.

From the guide to the Papers, 1937-1975, (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute)

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creatorOf Lamb, Helen Boyden. Letter, n.d., to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Institute for Policy Studies (Washington D.C.). Helen Lamb Lamont files, 1947-1975, 1963-1973 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Durr, Virginia Foster. Papers: Series I, 1919-1988 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest. William Ernest Hocking Papers. 1860-1979. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Papers of Helen Boyden Lamb, 1937-1975 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Scott Millross Buchanan papers, 1911-1972. Houghton Library
creatorOf Lamb, Helen Boyden. Papers, 1937-1975 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Papers of Virginia Foster Durr, 1919-2007 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
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associatedWith Arnett, Katherine M. person
associatedWith Boyden, Elizabeth B person
associatedWith Boyden, Elizabeth B. person
associatedWith Boyden family family
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correspondedWith Buchanan, Scott Millross, 1895-1968 person
associatedWith Chomsky, Avram Noam, 1928- person
associatedWith Chomsky, Noam. person
associatedWith Cleveland, Francis G. (Francis Grover), 1903- person
associatedWith Davis, Jerome, 1891-1979. person
associatedWith Durr, Virginia Foster. person
associatedWith Fairbank, John King, 1907- person
associatedWith Fellowship of Reconciliation. corporateBody
associatedWith Gage-Colby, Ruth. person
associatedWith Herz, Helga Alice person
associatedWith Herz, Helga Alice. person
associatedWith Hinton, Carmelita. person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Hughes, Everett Cherrington, 1897- person
associatedWith Institute for Policy Studies (Washington D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith James, Alice Runnells, d. 1957. person
associatedWith James, Alice Runnels person
associatedWith Lamb, Robert Keen, 1905-1952. person
associatedWith Lamont, Corliss, 1902- person
associatedWith Lattimore, Owen, 1900-1989. person
associatedWith Luscomb, Florence, 1887- person
associatedWith Luscomb, Florence Hope, 1887- person
associatedWith Mead, Margaret, 1901- person
associatedWith Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978. person
associatedWith Olds, Elizabeth, 1896- person
associatedWith Olds, Elizabeth, 1896-1991. person
associatedWith Olmsted, Mildred Scott. person
associatedWith Radcliffe College corporateBody
associatedWith Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970. person
associatedWith Smith, Jessica, 1895- person
associatedWith Strong, Anna Louise, 1885-1970. person
associatedWith Sweezy, Paul Marlor, 1910- person
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associatedWith Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. corporateBody
associatedWith Women Strike for Peace. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Cambridge (Mass.)
Cambridge, Mass.
United States
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
International cooperation
Women's rights
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975
Civil rights


Active 1937

Active 1975



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