The Resource Robert Bolling Lambeth, Sr., papers

Robert Bolling Lambeth, Sr., papers

Robert Bolling Lambeth, Sr., papers, 1936-2007
Robert Bolling Lambeth, Sr., papers
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  • Papers, 1936-2007, of Robert Bolling Lambeth, Sr., (1915-1999) of Bedford County, Virginia, consisting of advertisements, articles, clippings, correspondence, magazines, maps, notes, photographs, reports, speeches, and other papers concerning Lambeth's activities as a member of the Roanoke River Basin Association, as a naval officer during World War II, as an organizer of various festivals, and as a candidate for political office. Papers highlight his interest in education, religion, conservation, law, and finance, among other topics
  • Series I: Ronoake River Basin Association papers contain brochures, clippings, correspondence, maps, pamphlets, photographs, press releases, reports, and other papers concerning the association's activities regarding the development of the Roanoke River basin
  • Series II: Naval Service consists of atlases, clippings, correspondence, currency, journals, military records, newsletters, notebooks, photographs, reports, sketches, and other papers documenting Lambeth's service with Naval Intelligence in the Pacific Theater during World War II
  • Series III: Personal papers contains announcements, articles, booklets, books, bulletins, bylaws, clippings, correspondence, financial records, lists, magazines, notes, photographs, poems, reports, sermons, speeches, and other papers regarding Lambeth's candidacy for the general assembly, his church leadership, and his personal activities. Papers include speeches to organizations on various topics, as well as local histories of Albemarle and Bedford Counties
  • Series IV: Festivals contains articles, brochures, cards, cartoons, clippings, correspondence, memorabilia, pamphlets, photographs, programs, stationery, and other papers regarding the National Peanut Festival (Suffolk, Virginia), the National Seafood Festival (Hampton, Virginia), and the National Tobacco Festival (South Boston, Virginia)
  • Series V: Law, commerce and economics contains articles, booklets, books, magazines, newsletters, reports, and other papers concerning the law, finances, and economics of the United States and Virginia
  • Series VI: Politics contains publications, mainly from the Virginia Commission for Constitutional Government and the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, concerning politics and government at the state, national, and global levels
  • Series VII: Planning contains booklets, magazines, newsletters, reports, and other papers regarding community, industrial, and regional planning in Virginia
  • Series VIII: Education consists of articles, clippings, correspondence, memorandums, minutes, reports, and other papers concerning education and schools in Bedford County (specifically New London Academy), Virginia, and the United States
  • Series IX: UVA magazines and newsletters detail various aspects of the University of Virginia, including education, operations, and alumni relations; as well discuss state and national politics and culture. Some issues contain articles written by Robert Bolling Lambeth
  • Series X: Chamber of Commerce contains magazines and publications highlighting the operations and activities of both the national and Virginia state chambers. Some issues contain articles written by Robert Bolling Lambeth
  • Series XI: General publications contains articles, booklets, magazines, and newsletters on topics ranging from politics and foreign policty, economy, and human behavior to rivers and water conservation; from Norfolk and Hampton Roads, Virginia, and Tucson, Arizona, to public affairs and museums. Also includes reminiscences about Charles E. Burks and W. B. Barbour
  • Series XII: Advertisements contains advertisements, catalogs, directories, maps, and other papers consisting of ads for clothes, Howard Johnson's motor lodges, mimeograph equipment, nautical equipment, office furniture, science equipment, silverware and service, tractors, and other items
  • Series XIII: General subjects contains biographies, booklets, catalogs, correspondence, clippings, magazines, maps, newspapers, notes, pamphlets, programs, reports, and other papers regarding African Americans, alcohol and gambling, agriculture, the Civil War, fallout shelters, health, highways and transportation, hospitals, hunting, labor, landscaping and lawn care, music, personal libraries, political figures, public utilities, steel, telephones, and Virginia counties. Papers also concer Bedford County finances and history, the Farmers Union, the Piedmont Club (Lynchburg), and the world
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Biographical or historical data
Robert Bolling Lambeth was born 1 April 1915 in Bedford County, Virginia, to Samuel Summerfield Lambeth (1871-1945) and Margaret Walker Bolling Lambeth (1881-1966). Lambeth attended Allen's Mountain School in Bedford, Virginia, then St. Christopher's in Richmond, Virginia, and graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy in Bedford. He attended Washington and Lee University and George Washington University. Lambeth graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1940. During World War II, he was a naval intelligence officer serving on the staff of General Douglas McArthur. After the war, Lambeth returned to practice law in Bedford, and served as commonwealth's attorney for Bedford County from 1948 to 1961. He was the founder and legal council for Liberty Bank of Bedford, and he was a promoter of the Smith Mountain dam, lake, and park. Lambeth was active in public education and historic preservation. He married Clara Elizabeth Sizemore (1913-2010) 3 October 1942, and they had two children. Lambeth died 17 October 1999 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Bedford.
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Robert Bolling Lambeth, Sr., papers
Accession 44706 is filed with Accession 50556
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There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Gereau, Elizabeth Lambeth
  • Gereau, Elizabeth Lambeth
Organization method
Organized into the following series: Series I: Roanoke River Basin Association; Series II: Naval service; Series III: Personal Papers; Series IV: Festivals; Series V: Law, finance, and economics; Series VI: Politics; Series VII: Planning; Series VIII: Education; Series IX: UVA magazines and newsletters; Series X: Chamber of Commerce; Series XI: General publications; Series XII: Advertisements; Series XIII: General subjects.
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cu. ft. (32 boxes)



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