Guide to the Thomas F. Lamb Papers, 1968-1974 AIS.1975.09

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Thomas F. Lamb Papers
Creator
Lamb, Thomas F., 1922-
Collection Number
AIS.1975.09
Date
1968-1974
Extent
5.0 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract
The collection of Thomas F. Lamb documents his political career as a Pennsylvania State Senator. The collection consists of general correspondence with constituents and records and correspondence relating to the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission, 1971-1973.

Preferred Citation

Thomas F. Lamb Papers, 1968-1974, AIS.1975.09, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Thomas F. Lamb was born on October 22, 1922 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of James and Agnes Dunne Lamb. He attended St. James Elementary and High School and then went on to graduate from Duquesne University (B.A.) and Duquesne University Law School (LL.B.). Prior to his political career, Lamb served as Lieutenant in the United States Navy during World War II. He is a member of the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. Lamb was also a member of many community organizations, which include Knights of Columbus, American Legion, V.F.W., and Knights of Equity. On October 5, 1957, he married Barbara Joyce and together they had four children, Thomas, James, Michael, and Barbara.

Lamb was elected as a Democrat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1958-1964. During his appointment to the House, Lamb was influential in making the University of Pittsburgh, which was nearing bankruptcy, a state-related institution. In 1966 he was elected to the 42nd district of the State Senate and was re-elected in 1970, in which he served until 1974. As the Democratic majority leader Lamb had a leading role in reaching legislative agreement in many debates. He was a supporter of mine subsidence, strip-mine control, and clean streams. Thomas Lamb also played a role in the creation of the Port Authority Transit (PAT), the establishment of college scholarship programs, and providing medical assistance for the poor. Lamb did not run for re-election in 1974 so he could spend more time with his family.

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Scope and Content Notes

The papers of Thomas F. Lamb document his political career as Senator in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives during 1968-1974. The collection is comprised of two series contained in nine boxes. The first series is correspondence about a variety of social and political issues including abortion, civil rights, community affairs, education, and taxes. The correspondence series is arranged alphabetically by subject. The Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission of 1971-1973 is the second series, which makes up the remainder of the collection. Included in this series are minutes of the commission, public hearing before the commission, and newspaper accounts of redistricting in 1972. Additionally, there is information regarding legislative reapportionment by county.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, 1975

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Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Thomas F. Lamb August 12, 1975.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center Staff in 1975

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Jessica Marshall in April 10, 2003. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number:1408133

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania. General Assembly. Senate.
  • Pennsylvania. Legislative Reapportionment Commission.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- 1951-

Personal Name(s)

  • Lamb, Thomas F., 1922-

Subject(s)

  • Legislators -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Personal papers
  • Politics

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Previous Citation

Thomas F. Lamb Papers, 1968-1974, AIS.1975.09, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Correspondence, 1968-1974 

  BoxFolder
Abortion 11
  Folder
Aged 2
  Folder
Agriculture, Game Fish 3
  Folder
Appointments 4
  Folder
Auditing 5
  Folder
Bicentennial, 1976 6
  Folder
Budget 7
  Folder
Business Commerce 8
  Folder
Civil Rights 9
  BoxFolder
Civil Service 210
  Folder
Community Affairs 11
  Folder
Community Affairs: Kennedy, McKees Rocks, Moon, Robinson and Stowe Twps. 12
  Folder
Constituent Problems, Complaints, etc. 13
  Folder
Constitutional Amendment, 18 yr. old vote 14
  Folder
Consumer Protection 15
  Folder
Corrections, Bureau of 16
  BoxFolder
Education General 317
  Folder
Education, Elementary/Secondary 18
  Folder
Education, Higher 19
  Folder
Education, Teachers 20
  Folder
Environmental Resources 21
  Folder
Federal Government 22
  Folder
General Assembly 23
  BoxFolder
Health Welfare 424
  Folder
Information, Requests for 25
  Folder
Interstate Relations 26
  Folder
Judiciary 27
  Folder
Labor Industry 28
  Folder
Legislative Action/Proposals 29
  BoxFolder
Liquor Control 530
  Folder
Mental Health 31
  Folder
Military Affairs 32
  Folder
Mine Drainage Subsidence 33
  Folder
Public Utilities Commission 34
  Folder
Racing Commission 35
  Folder
Resolutions, Senate 36
  Folder
Taxes, General 37
  Folder
Taxes, Business 38
  Folder
Taxes, State Income 39
  BoxFolder
Taxes, Sales 640
  Folder
Taxes, Senior Citizens 41
  Folder
Television 42
  Folder
Transportation 43
  Folder
Unemployment Compensation 44

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Series  II. Pennsylvania, Legislative Reapportionment Commission, 1971-1973 

  BoxFolder
Minutes of Legislative Reapportionment Commission, 4.21.71-12.28.71 745
  Folder
Internal Correspondence of Legislative Reapportionment Commission, 1971-1972 46
  Folder
Hearings Agenda 47
  Folder
Public Hearings before Legislative Reapportionment Commission, 12.14.71 12.20.71 48
  Folder
Preliminary Plan for Redistricting of Pennsylvania Senate by Legislative Reapportionment Commission, 11.17.71 49
  Folder
Constitutional Questions Concerning Length of Terms of State Senators after Reapportionment, 1971-1972 50
  Folder
Reapportionment Arguments before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1972 51
  Folder
Reapportionment Arguments before United States District Court, 1972 52
  Folder
Newspaper Accounts of Redistricting and Court Decisions, 1972 53
  Folder
Reapportionment Maps 54
  Folder
Projections of Voting Trends in Senatorial Districts by Lockard Associates 55
  Folder
Pennsylvania Place Map District Listing 1970 Census of Population by Legislative Processing Center 56
  BoxFolder
Population Statistics 857
  Folder
Senatorial Districts by Ward or Municipality with Population and Party Registration 1970 58
  Folder
Reapportionment in the States: Alabama; California; Minnesota; New York; South Carolina Virginia, 1971-1973 59
  Folder
Senators' Residences by Ward and District 60
  Folder
Theories on Reapportionment 61
  Folder
Council of State Governments Publications on Reapportionment, January 1971- June 1972 62
  Folder
Misc. Correspondence regarding Reapportionment 63

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  Box
 III. Legislative Reapportionment by County 9
  Folder
Allegheny 64
  Folder
Armstrong, Indiana Jefferson 65
  Folder
Beaver 66
  Folder
Berks 67
  Folder
Bucks 68
  Folder
Butler 69
  Folder
Centre 70
  Folder
Chester 71
  Folder
Crawford Erie 72
  Folder
Cumberland 73
  Folder
Dauphin 74
  Folder
Deleware 75
  Folder
Fayette 76
  Folder
Fulton Franklin 77
  Folder
Greene 78
  Folder
Lackawanna 79
  Folder
Lancaster 80
  Folder
Lebanon 81
  Folder
Luzerne 82
  Folder
Mercer 83
  Folder
Monroe Pike 84
  Folder
Montgomery 85
  Folder
Northampton 86
  Folder
Philadelphia 87
  Folder
Schuykill 88
  Folder
Venango 89
  Folder
Westmoreland 90
  Folder
York 91

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