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Nella Huston Lamb family papers

Identifier: L490

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence from members of the Huston, Hopkins, and Lamb families in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, and other areas throughout the United States and Europe (during World War II). The main correspondents are T.E. Huston, Lou Huston, Joseph Huston, Mial E. Lamb. Some letters are addressed to other family members, but most are to Nella Lamb. The collection includes postcards and greeting cards from 1909 to the 1950s, material regarding the Waveland Brown Township Public Library, and photographs of the family. Materials range in date from 1882 to 1964. Subjects include family matters and genealogy, illness, Waveland Public Library, the Waveland Indepdent newspaper, and contemporary politics.


  • 1889-1964


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Ellen Tabitha "Nella" Huston Lamb was born April 25, 1877 in Muncie, Indiana, the daughter of Thomas E. and Clara Ellen Largent Huston and the eldest with two younger brothers, Joseph and Albert. After her mother's death in 1895, her father married her mother's sister, Louise "Lou" Hopkins. Nella was the first librarian at the Waveland Brown Township library when it was established in 1915 until 1919. Her aunt, Louise Huston also served as librarian there from 1925-1952. Louise Huston and T.E. Huston were the publishers of the local paper, the Waveland Independent, from 1924-1955 until it was sold. Nella married Mial Elias Lamb in 1917 and they lived various places throughout the country including Kansas and Illinois before returning to Waveland. They remained in Waveland until her death in 1964.


Materials in the collection.

Zach, Karen. "Ellen Tabitha (Nella) Huston Lamb." USGenWeb Project. Created October 12, 2012. Last updated, March 12, 2016. Accesssed May 20, 2016.

Waveland-Brown Township Public Library. "Library Centennial 1915-2015." Accessed May 20, 2016.


3.5 Cubic Feet (10 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation in 1966.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/05/25 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2016/05/25 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2024/04/04 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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