Martha J. Lamb
Martha Joanna Reade Nash Lamb (August 13, 1829 – January 2, 1893) was an author, editor and historian. She was born in Plainfield, Massachusetts, to Arvin Nash and Lucinda Vinton. Educated at the Williston Seminary in Easthampton and Northampton High School, she published her first article, “A Visit to My Mother’s Birthplace,” in a local newspaper, Hampshire Gazette. On September 8, 1852, she married Charles A. Lamb. They moved to Chicago in 1857 and Martha became involved in charity work. With Jane C. Hoge, she helped found the Home for the Friendless and the Half-Orphan Asylum. In 1863 she was secretary to the United States Sanitary Commission Fair. Her marriage ended by divorce around 1866, and she took her literary talents to New York City, where, in 1883 she purchased The Magazine of American History and became its editor. She was elected to membership in fifteen historical and learned societies in the United States and Europe.
- Biographic Notes on Martha J. Lamb – Five College Archives and Manuscripts Collection
- Martha J. Lamb Papers – Five College Archives and Manuscript Collections
- Guide to Martha J. Lamb Papers 1756 – 1892 – New York Historical Society Museum and Library
- History of the City of New York by Martha J. Lamb – Library of Congress Digital Collection
- The Guide for Strangers to General Grant’s Tomb in Riverside Park – Library of Congress
- The Magazine of American History~ Illustrated edited by Mrs. Martha J. Lamb 1887