Sylvester M. Lambert Papers, 1883-1959 (bulk 1918-1947) (MSS 682)

Extent: 6 Linear feet (9 archives boxes, 5 card file boxes, 7 oversize folders, 1 map case folder)

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The papers of American physician Sylvester Maxwell Lambert (1882-1947) relate primarily to his public health work for the International Health Board of the Rockefeller Foundation. He worked in this capacity in Oceania between 1918 and 1939, documenting the prevalence of hookworm and working to eradicate ankylostomiasis (hookworm disease). The bulk of the collection is Lambert's research materials, which comprise first-hand accounts written by both Lambert and his aides, and were used as references for Lambert's memoir A Yankee Doctor in Paradise, co-written by Wallace Irwin. Other significant series are correspondence, Lambert's medical and personal writings, and photographs and lantern slides documenting primarily Pacific Islanders and village scenes.

Born in New York on December 28, 1882, Sylvester M. Lambert graduated from Hamilton College in 1903 and from Syracuse University in medicine in 1908. During the summer of 1907, Lambert took a position as a medical nurse with the Southern Pacific Railroad in Mexico where he met Eloisa Tays, whom he married in 1912. After practicing medicine in Mexico until 1916, Lambert joined the United Fruit Company Medical Service in Costa Rica for two years. Twice during this time Lambert was rejected for commission in the Medical Service of the United States Government because of his poor eyesight, so he opted instead to join the Rockefeller Foundation in July of 1918.

Sylvester Lambert spent two decades in the Pacific working as a public health doctor for the Rockefeller Foundation's International Health Board (which in 1927 became the International Health Commission). Lambert's primary objective was the eradication of hookworm. In addition to administering hookworm treatments, Lambert and his team worked to reform sanitation systems and conducted health surveys encompassing malaria, leprosy, elephantiasis, yaws, and other medical conditions they encountered.

Lambert's initial work for the International Health Board was in Queensland in 1918-1919, where he served as acting director for Australasia. He spent 1920 in Papua (what is now southern Papua New Guinea) and the following year in New Guinea Territory and the Solomon Islands. Fiji became the headquarters from which he would work for the next seventeen years, but he continued to work throughout the Pacific, including Samoa, American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and return visits to the Solomon Islands, including Rennell and Bellona. His first visit to Rennell was made in 1930 with the Whitney South Seas Expedition. His second trip in 1933 was with Templeton Crocker, aboard Crocker's yacht, the Zaca.

Recognizing the advantages of training native medical practitioners, Lambert procured funding from the Rockefeller Foundation for the expansion of the Suva Medical School, making it possible to enlarge its student body and allow for more students from outside Fiji. In 1928 the school reopened in new facilities under the name Central Medical School, now the Fiji School of Medicine.

Lambert retired from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1939 and, with Wallace Irwin as his co-author, published in 1941 A Yankee Doctor in Paradise, his memoirs of his 20 years in Oceania. After his retirement, Lambert remained in Fiji for another two years before the political climate and fear for his safety forced him to return to the United States. Back in the U.S., the continued success of his book led to lecture tours throughout the country. He and his family settled in California, where Lambert died in 1947.

The papers of American physician Sylvester Maxwell Lambert (1882-1947) relate primarily to his public health work for the International Health Board of the Rockefeller Foundation. He worked in this capacity in Oceania between 1918 and 1939, documenting the prevalence of hookworm and working to eradicate ankylostomiasis (hookworm disease). The bulk of the collection is Lambert's research materials, which comprise first-hand accounts written by both Lambert and his aides, and were used as references for Lambert's memoir A Yankee Doctor in Paradise, co-written by Wallace Irwin. Irwin's notes can be found throughout the collection, particularly in the Research Materials and Diaries series. Other significant series are correspondence, Lambert's medical and personal writings, and photographs and lantern slides documenting primarily Pacific Islanders and village scenes.


Container List


Scope and Content of Series


Includes letters from Templeton Crocker; Victor Heiser, Lambert's supervisor at the Rockefeller Foundation; extensive correspondence dating from 1927 to 1940 with Reverend Frederick J. Paton, based in Vanuatu; and diary letters from Lambert to his wife, Eloisa Tays Lambert, dating from 1938 to 1942. Arranged alphabetically.

Box 1 Folder 1
A- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 2
B- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 2
Barton, Juxon, 1937-1938
Box 1 Folder 4
Beach, Byron, 1941-1942
Box 1 Folder 5
C- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 6
Columbia University, 1942-1943
Box 1 Folder 7
Crocker, Templeton, 1933-1941
Box 1 Folder 8
D- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 9
E- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 10
F- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 11
Fiji- Colonial Secretary's Office, 1938
Box 1 Folder 12
Fiji- Government House, 1926-1941
Box 1 Folder 13
Fiji- Medical Department, 1940-1959
Box 1 Folder 14
Fiji- The Treasury, 1936
Box 1 Folder 15
G- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 16
H- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 17
Hedstrom, J. M., 1941-1942
Box 1 Folder 18
Heiser, Victor, 1941-1947
Box 1 Folder 19
Howell, James B., 1943
Box 1 Folder 19
I- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 21
J- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 22
Johns Hopkins University, 1924-1933
Box 1 Folder 23
Journal of the American Medical Association, 1941-1946
Box 1 Folder 24
K- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 25
L- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 26
Lambert, Eloise Tays (wife), 1938-1942
Box 1 Folder 27
Library of Congress- Division of Special Information, 1942
Box 1 Folder 28
M- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 29
McGusty, Victor W. T., 1935-1945
Box 1 Folder 30
Medical Conditions in the South Pacific, 1922-1930
Box 1 Folder 31
Mills, Rose M. (Lambert), 1883
Box 1 Folder 32
Montague, A., 1924-1928
Box 1 Folder 33
Neil, Jas Hardie, 1940-1945
Box 1 Folder 34
New Zealand- Department of Health, 1941-1946
Box 1 Folder 35
New Zealand- Legation, 1945-1946
Box 1 Folder 36
New Zealand- Prime Minister's Office, 1941-1943
Box 1 Folder 37
O- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 38
P- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 39
Paton, Reverend Frederick J., 1927-1940
Box 1 Folder 40
R- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 41
The Rockefeller Foundation, 1937-1946
Box 1 Folder 42
S- Miscellaneous
Box 1 Folder 43
Stanford University, 1943-1946
Box 1 Folder 44
T- Miscellaneous
Box 2 Folder 1
Tully, William J., circa 1930
Box 2 Folder 2
U- Miscellaneous
Box 2 Folder 3
United States- Navy Department, 1914-1944
Box 2 Folder 4
United States- War Department, 1942-1943
Box 2 Folder 5
University of California, 1941-1946
Box 2 Folder 6
V- Miscellaneous
Box 2 Folder 7
Van Loon, Hendrik Williem, 1941-1943
Box 2 Folder 8
Van Loon, Jimmie, 1941-1945
Box 2 Folder 9
Vandercook, John W., 1942-1947
Box 2 Folder 10
Veisamasama, Malakai, 1940-1946
Box 2 Folder 11
W- Miscellaneous
Box 2 Folder 12
Wellington- Secretary for the Cook Islands, November 16, 1932
Box 2 Folder 13
Unidentified correspondents


Scope and Content of Series


These materials were originally arranged by Irwin into geographical groupings relating to chapters in A Yankee Doctor in Paradise. The processor maintained this arrangement, organizing the series alphabetically by geography using current geographical names. This series contains Lambert's notes, as well as handwritten and typed diaries by Lambert and others. Wallace Irwin's handwritten notes relating to A Yankee Doctor in Paradise can be found throughout the series, both on Lambert's original materials and on separate pages.

Arranged in sixteen subseries: A) Australia, B) Cook Islands, C) Fiji, D) Kiribati and Tuvalu (Gilbert and Ellice Islands), E) Kiritimati (Christmas Island, part of Kiribati), F) New Zealand, G) Niue, H) Oceania, I) Papua New Guinea (New Guinea Territory), J) Papua New Guinea (Papua), K) Rennell Island (part of Solomon Islands), L) Samoa (including Western Samoa and American Samoa), M) Solomon Islands, N) Tonga, O) Vanuatu (New Hebrides), and P) Unidentified.

A) Australia: Lambert's undated, untitled, typed recollection of his initial voyage in 1918 to Australia.

B) Cook Islands: Lambert's notes covering fishing practices, Rarotonga, and the origins of Cook Islands natives, among other subjects.

C) Fiji: Written and typed notes on the Central Medical School, leprosy, and the native medical practitioner Malakai Veisamasama, in addition to other subjects, as well as an excerpt from Lambert's typed diary from 1942.

D) Kiribati and Tuvalu (Gilbert and Ellice Islands): Lambert's general notes including ruminations on the anthropological differences between natives of Kiribati and those of Tuvalu, and a letter diary to Lambert's daughter, Harriet Lambert dated March 12, 1924.

E) Kiritimati (Christmas Island, Kiribati): Includes a writing by Lambert on the establishment of government authority on Kiritimati.

F) New Zealand: Lambert's handwritten daily diary dating from February 15 to March 15, 1937.

G) Niue: Lambert's 1938 typed daily diary and his typed geographical and sociological notes.

H) Oceania: Lambert's typed transcriptions of published travels to Oceania.

I) Papua New Guinea (New Guinea Territory): Primarily typed diaries dating 1920-1921 from members of Lambert's research team detailing hookworm treatments given to natives of New Guinea Territory. Subseries also includes Lambert's handwritten and typed notes.

J) Papua New Guinea (Papua): Contains a 1920 typed letter diary from K. D. Fooks and another typed diary from an unidentified author, in addition to general notes on Papua and Lambert's answers to Irwin's queries on Papua.

K) Rennell Island: Notes on Lambert's first trip to Rennell Island in 1930, his second trip in 1933 with Templeton Crocker, and Lambert's typed 1933 daily diary.

L) Samoa: General notes on the Samoan Islands including the 1924 health survey conducted there and notes on a lecture on the position of women in Samoan cultures.

M) Solomon Islands: Lambert's 1933 typed daily diary and notes on his first trip to the Solomon Islands, in addition to typed excerpts from others' reports on the Solomon Islands in 1928 and 1933.

N) Tonga: Typed notes on the culture and history of Tonga and includes a genealogical chart of Tongan royalty.

O) Vanuatu (New Hebrides): Includes daily diaries by Lambert and others dating from 1925 and 1929 and typed and handwritten notes on the health surveys conducted in Vanuatu.

P) Unidentified: Various notes in Lambert's handwriting.


Box 2 Folder 14
Lambert, S.M. - Diary

Cook Islands

Box 2 Folder 15


Box 2 Folder 16
Central Medical School - Notes
Box 2 Folder 17
Draunikau and Magic - Notes
Box 2 Folder 18-19
General - Notes
Box 2 Folder 20
Lambert, S.M. - "Anglo-American", 1937
Box 2 Folder 21
Lambert, S.M. - Diary, February 6, 1942
Box 2 Folder 22
Lambert, S.M. - "Dr. Montague"
Box 2 Folder 23
Lambert, S.M. - "Malakai"
Box 2 Folder 24
Lambert, S.M. - "Notes on Injustice"
Box 2 Folder 25
Lambert, S.M. - Transcriptions of published travels
Box 2 Folder 26
Leprosy - Notes
Box 2 Folder 27
"Training of Public Health Workers"

Kiribati and Tuvalu (Gilbert and Ellice Islands)

Box 2 Folder 28
Lambert, S.M. - "Banaba (Ocean Island)" - Letter diary to Harriet Lambert, March 12, 1924
Box 2 Folder 29

Kiritimati (Christmas Island)

Box 2 Folder 30
"Christmas Island"

New Zealand

Box 2 Folder 31
Lambert, S.M. - Diary, February 15 - March 15, 1937


Box 2 Folder 32
Lambert, S.M. - Diary, 1938
Box 3 Folder 1


Box 3 Folder 2
Lambert, S.M. - Transcriptions of published travels

Papua New Guinea (New Guinea Territory)

Box 3 Folder 3
Beach, Byron - "Territory of New Guinea" - Diary, 1921
Box 3 Folder 4
Fooks, K.D. - "Territory of New Guinea" - Diary, 1921
Box 3 Folder 5
Kendrick, C. - Diary, 1920-1921
Box 3 Folder 6
McErlane, W.J. - Diary, 1921
Box 3 Folder 7
Box 3 Folder 8
Sunners, R.V. - Diary, 1921

Papua New Guinea (Papua)

Box 3 Folder 9
Fooks, K.D. - Letter Diary, July 17, 1920
Box 3 Folder 10
Box 3 Folder 11
Unidentified author - Diary

Rennell Island

Box 3 Folder 12
First Trip - "Meeting with Crocker", 1930
Box 3 Folder 13
First Trip - Notes, 1930
Box 3 Folder 14
First Trip - "Rennell and Bellona Islands", 1930
Box 3 Folder 15
Lambert, S.M. - Diary, 1933
Box 3 Folder 16
Lambert, S.M. - "The History of the Rennell Island During Our Visit", 1937
Box 3 Folder 17
Lambert, S.M. - "Sikaiana"
Box 3 Folder 18
Box 3 Folder 19
Second Trip - Notes, 1933

Samoa (Western Samoa and American Samoa)

Box 3 Folder 20

Solomon Islands

Box 3 Folder 21
"Extracted From Mr. J.C. Barley's Report", May 9, 1933
Box 3 Folder 22
Lambert, S.M. - Diary, 1933
Box 3 Folder 23
Lambert, S.M. - "Solomon Islands Mission Incident"
Box 3 Folder 24
Lambert, S.M. - "Solomons", 1921
Box 3 Folder 25
Box 3 Folder 26
Price, A.V.G. - "Report of M.M.O, Lord Howe Visit", 1928
Box 3 Folder 27
White, Gordon - Diary, 1929-1930


Box 3 Folder 28

Vanuatu (New Hebrides)

Box 4 Folder 1
Corlette, Ewan - "Bushman's Bay" - Diary, May - August, 1925
Box 4 Folder 2
Lambert, S.M. - Letter diary to Eloisa Tays Lambert, July 28, 1925
Box 4 Folder 3
Box 4 Folder 4
Tully, W.J. - Diary, 1929


Box 4 Folder 5
Lambert, S.M. - "The Epidemic in Australia" - Notes
Box 4 Folder 6
Box 4 Folder 7
Lambert, S.M. - "Rockefeller Funds" - Notes


Scope and Content of Series


The WRITINGS BY LAMBERT series is arranged in two subseries: A) Articles and B) A Yankee Doctor in Paradise.

A) Articles: Typescripts and some published journal articles pertaining to his studies in the Pacific Islands. The subjects range from health surveys of island groups to case studies on the treatment of hookworm disease and soil sanitation issues. There are also articles written about Pidgin and some written in Pidgin.

B) A Yankee Doctor in Paradise: Book contracts, notes from both Lambert and Irwin on items in the book, and typescript drafts of the book. Also included is correspondence with the publishers, extensive correspondence between Irwin and Lambert, and letters from readers. Lambert used a clipping service for reviews of the book that are included with his own newspaper clippings.

Other Writings

Box 4 Folder 8
"Ankylostomiasis: Observations on Twenty Thousand Treatments with Carbon Tetrachloride", 1922
Box 4 Folder 9
"Brief Remarks on South Pacific Education", September 3, 1926
Box 4 Folder 10
"Carbon Tetrachloride in the Treatment of Hookworm Disease: Observations on Fifty Thousand Cases", 1928
Box 4 Folder 11
"Dependencies and Native Peoples of the Pacific: A Preliminary Syllabus for Study and Discussion"
Box 4 Folder 12
"The Depopulation of Pacific Races", 1934
Box 4 Folder 13
"East Indian and Fijian in Fiji: Their Changing Numerical Relation", 1938
Box 4 Folder 14
"Fiji Soil Sanitation Campaign", 1932-1935
Box 4 Folder 15
"Fish Stories from Papua" (includes photos)
Box 4 Folder 16
"Fish Story", 1926
Box 4 Folder 17
"General Survey of Fijian Diseases"
Box 4 Folder 18
"Health Survey of British Solomon Islands Protectorate", 1933
Box 4 Folder 19
"Health Survey of the New Hebrides: With Special Reference to Hookworm"
Box 4 Folder 20
"Health Survey of Rennell and Bellona Islands", 1931
Box 4 Folder 21
"Health Survey of Rotuma", 1929
Box 4 Folder 22
"Hookworm Disease in the South Pacific: Ten Years of Tetrachloride", 1933
Box 4 Folder 23
"Hookworm Lecture in Pidgin English"
Box 4 Folder 24
"Intestinal Parasites in North Queensland", 1921
Box 4 Folder 25
"Malaria Incinidence in Australia and the South Pacific"
Box 4 Folder 26
"Mass Treatment for Hookworm Disease Justifies Itself", 1928
Box 4 Folder 27
Memorandum by Dr. S.M. Lambert, August 29, 1941
Box 4 Folder 28
"The Migration-Zone Theory of Race Evolution"
Box 4 Folder 29
"Missionaries in the South Pacific"
Box 4 Folder 30
"New Guinea: Treatment of Germans"
Box 4 Folder 31
"New Zealand Health"
Box 4 Folder 32
"Notes on Health Conditions in the South Pacific"
Box 4 Folder 33
"Notes on Medical Conditions in Fiji", 1935
Box 4 Folder 34
"Notes on Natives of the New Hebrides", 1935
Box 4 Folder 35
"Pidgin English", 1931
Box 5 Folder 1
Pidgin Writings
Box 5 Folder 2
"Polynesian Origin and Language"
Box 5 Folder 3
"Primitive Polynesian Religion: Notes and Observations"
Box 5 Folder 4
"Report of Findings by Health Campaign Conducted in the New Hebrides from 31st January, 1929, to August 21st, 1931"
Box 5 Folder 5
"Report on the Java Conference Trip"
Box 5 Folder 6
"Report on Western Samoa Yaws Campaign", 1932 - 1934
Box 5 Folder 7
"A Resurvey of Hookworm Disease in Fiji in 1935, Ten Years After Mass Treatment", 1936
Box 5 Folder 8
"The Sepik River" (includes photos)
Box 5 Folder 9
"Soil Sanitation in the Pacific"
Box 5 Folder 10
"Some Polynesian Medical Superstitions Encountered in the Cook Islands", 1933
Box 5 Folder 11
"South Pacific Medical Service"
Box 5 Folder 12
"Survey of American Samoa"
Box 5 Folder 13
"A Survey of the Maori Situation", 1937
Box 5 Folder 14
"Trip to Papua", 1920
Box 5 Folder 15
Unidentified typescripts
Box 5 Folder 16
Untitled - mostly about Rennell and Bellona
Box 5 Folder 17
"Yaws in the South Pacific"

A Yankee Doctor in Paradise


Box 5 Folder 18
Box 5 Folder 19
Gaile and Delta
Box 5 Folder 20
Box 5 Folder 21
Maoris and New Zealand
Box 5 Folder 22
Papua New Guinea (Papua)
Box 5 Folder 23
Samarai and Trobriands
Box 5 Folder 24
Yule and Mafulu


Box 5 Folder 25
Pages 1-148
Box 6 Folder 1
Pages 149-312
Box 6 Folder 2
Pages 313-335


Box 6 Folder 3
Brandt and Brandt, 1940-1947
Box 6 Folder 4
Irwin, Wallace, 1940-1945
Box 6 Folder 5
Little, Brown, and Company, 1940-1941
Box 6 Folder 6
Various correspondents, 1941
Box 6 Folder 7
Various correspondents, 1942
Box 6 Folder 8
Various correspondents, 1943-1946
Box 6 Folder 9
Various correspondents, Undated

Newspaper Clippings and Reviews

Box 6 Folder 10
Loose clippings, January - May, 1941
Box 6 Folder 11
Loose clippings, June - December, 1941
Box 6 Folder 12
Loose clippings, 1942-1944
Box 6 Folder 13
Romeike Press clippings, May 1941
Box 7 Folder 1
Romeike Press clippings, June 1941
Box 7 Folder 2
Romeike Press clippings, July 1941
Box 7 Folder 3
Romeike Press clippings, August 1941
Box 7 Folder 4
Romeike Press clippings, September 1941 - January 1942


Box 7 Folder 5
Book contracts, 1939-1948
Box 7 Folder 6
Book endorsement by Victor G. Heiser, May 3, 1941
Box 7 Folder 7
Proposed reprint


Scope and Content of Series


Arranged alphabetically by author. Includes primarily articles pertaining to health and medical conditions in Oceania, some with Lambert's hand written notes on them. Also included are some International Board of Health publications dating from 1917, 1918 and 1922.

Box 7 Folder 8
Beattie, I. H. - "Paper by Dr. Beattie on Medical Ethics" and "Dyspareunia", 1938
Box 7 Folder 9
Brown, G. Gordon - "Education in American Samoa"
Box 7 Folder 10
Burton, J. W. - "The Atlantic Charter and the Pacific Races"
Box 7 Folder 11
"Census of the Cook Islands (Omitting Niue)", 1936
Box 7 Folder 12
"Fiji and the South Pacific Annual Report", 1937
Box 7 Folder 13
International Board of Health Publications, 1917, 1918, and 1922
Box 7 Folder 14
Irwin, Wallace - "The Small Town Complex in Polynesia"
Box 7 Folder 15
James, Clifford S. - "Tropical Phagaedenic Ulcer in the Pacific", 1938
Box 7 Folder 16
Kuresa, Ielu - "Medical Work in Samoa", October 26, 1930
Box 7 Folder 17
Larson, Nils P. - "Blood Groupings of the Hawaiians"
Box 7 Folder 18
Mohr, John L. and Edward P. Mumford - "Tropical Disease Survey", 1943-1944
Box 7 Folder 19
Mount, H.S. - "Report on Dental Conditions in Fiji", 1941
Box 7 Folder 20
"Notes for Dr. Lambert - War Effort in Fiji and the Western Pacific"
Box 7 Folder 21
Numa, John - "Epidemiological Survey of the Cook Islands", 1938
Box 7 Folder 22
Quarterly South Pacific Narrative Report, September 30, 1928
Box 7 Folder 23
"Report by Dr. (after Sir Maui) Pomare, Health Officer to the Maoris, on the Health of the Cook Islands", 1906
Box 7 Folder 24
Roberts, Regina Flood Keyes - "Notes on Hygiene and Child Welfare Work for the Fijians", 1930
Box 7 Folder 25
"Standard Septic Tank Approved by the Central Board of Health", 1936
Box 7 Folder 26
"The Story of a Boy Who Did Not Grow Up to Be a Tall Strong Man - Hookworm Pamphlet"
Box 7 Folder 27
Territory of Papua - "Annual Report", 1928-1930
Box 7 Folder 28
"Uranian Passions"
Box 7 Folder 29
Western Pacific Annual Report, 1938
Box 7 Folder 30
Wood, Casey A. "The Fijian Crimson-Breasted Parrot", 1923


Scope and Content of Series


Arranged alphabetically and includes autobiographical essays by Lambert, a genealogical chart of the Lambert family, and ten posters Lambert used in the hookworm disease lectures he conducted on the islands.

Box 8 Folder 20
Biographical papers
Box 8 Folder 21
Commencement programs - Hamilton College - Bachelor's Degree (1903) Honorary Doctor of Science (1940), 1903 and 1940
Box 8 Folder 22
"Index to Scientific Data"
Box 8 Folder 23
"Index to Vol. O"
Box 8 Folder 24
Lecture notes
Box 8 Folder 25
"The Man with a Million Patients" - Flyer
Box 8 Folder 26
Memorandum of suggestions for American nationals who desire to prepare claims for indemnity for agrarian lands which have been seized by Mexican authorities since August 30, 1927
Oversize MC-063-04
Posters - Hookworm disease lectures

MAPS, 1910-1932

Scope and Content of Series

Series 5) MAPS

Arranged alphabetically by geography and contains primarily oversized maps from island groups in Oceania. The maps have handwriting indicating incidents of hookworm or malaria, location, and number of cases. Irwin used one of the maps of the Pacific Ocean Islands to trace Lambert's journeys.

Box 8 Folder 1 Oversize FB-362-09
Australasia - Oversize, 1910
Box 8 Folder 2 Oversize FB-362-10
British Solomon Islands Protectorate - Oversize, 1925
Box 8 Folder 3 Oversize FB-362-11
Cook Islands and Niue - Oversize, 1925
Box 8 Folder 4
Fiji - Grounds of Colonial War Memorial Hospital
Box 8 Folder 5 Oversize FB-362-12
Fiji - Oversize, 1928
Box 8 Folder 6
Pacific Ocean Islands
Box 8 Folder 7 Oversize FB-362-14
Pacific Ocean Islands - Oversize
Box 8 Folder 8
Rennell Island
Box 8 Folder 9 Oversize FB-362-13
Vanuatu (New Hebrides) - Oversize, February 25, 1929
Box 8 Folder 10
Western Samoa, 1925 and 1932
Box 8 Folder 11 Oversize FB-362-15
Western Samoa - Oversize, 1925


Scope and Content of Series


Biographical newspaper clippings, clippings dating 1917-1922 on the hookworm campaign, and articles relating to the debate about the effectiveness of vaccinations. Four folders contain unorganized loose articles primarily on events occurring in Oceania.

Box 8 Folder 12
Box 8 Folder 13
Hookworm Campaign, 1917-1919
Box 8 Folder 14
Hookworm Campaign, 1919-1922
Box 8 Folder 15
Vaccinations, 1928
Box 8 Folder 16-19


Scope and Content of Series


Arranged alphabetically by geography. The captions on the envelopes describe the negatives they housed. There are also three lists with three separate series of captions. When possible, captioned envelopes and lists include the identifying number of the matching photographs contained within the PHOTOGRAPHS series.

Box 9 Folder 1
Cook Islands. Envelopes
Box 9 Folder 2
Kiribati and Tuvalu (Gilbert and Ellice Islands). Envelopes
Box 9 Folder 3
Papua New Guinea. Envelopes
Box 9 Folder 4
Papua New Guinea (New Guinea Territory). Envelopes
Box 9 Folder 5
Papua New Guinea (New Guinea Territory). Lists
Box 9 Folder 6
Papua New Guinea (Papua). Envelopes
Box 9 Folder 7
Samoa (Western Samoa and American Samoa). Envelopes
Box 9 Folder 8
Solomon Islands. Envelopes
Box 9 Folder 9
Solomon Islands - Rennell and Bellona Islands. Envelopes
Box 9 Folder 10
Tonga. Envelopes
Box 9 Folder 10
Tonga. Lists
Box 9 Folder 12
Vanuatu (New Hebrides). Envelopes
Box 9 Folder 13
Medical. Envelopes

PHOTOGRAPHS, circa 1919-1939

Scope and Content of Series


Approximately 2,700 black and white prints, primarily arranged alphabetically by geography. The photographs, taken by both Lambert and his aides, depict primarily Pacific Islanders and village scenes, with added images of medical research, health care and patients, and other subjects. 1,270 of the photographic negatives, representing about half of the total images, have been digitized and can be viewed through links in the container list, or by clicking the link below.

Items available online

Box 10 Folder 1-10
Cook Islands, circa 1919-1939
Box 10 Folder 21-29
Kiribati and Tuvalu (Gilbert and Ellice Islands), circa 1919-1939

Papua New Guinea, circa 1919-1939

Box 10 Folder 46-51
Papua New Guinea (New Guinea Territory), circa 1919-1939
Box 11 Folder 1-13
Papua New Guinea (Papua), circa 1919-1939
Box 11 Folder 16-22
Samoa (Western Samoa and American Samoa), circa 1919-1939

Solomon Islands, circa 1919-1939

Box 11 Folder 36-45
Rennell and Bellona Islands, circa 1919-1939

Images date from Lambert's visits to these Polynesian outliers in 1930 and 1933. The 1930 images were taken in the context of Lambert's participation in part of the American Museum of Natural History's Whitney South Seas Expedition aboard the ship France. The 1933 images were taken in the context of Lambert's voyage aboard the yacht Zaca, with Templeton Crocker. Topics of note include traditional clothing, dwellings, ritual food offerings, and dance.

Box 11 Folder 46-50
Tonga, circa 1919-1939
Box 11 Folder 51-61
Vanuatu (New Hebrides), circa 1919-1939
Box 12 Folder 4
Lambert portraits, circa 1919-1939
Box 12 Folder 11-15
Zaca expedition, circa 1919-1939

LANTERN SLIDES, circa 1919-1939

Scope and Content of Series


119 lantern slides maintained in their original order. The lantern slides were used by Lambert to to illustrate professional talks and public lectures in the United States. The slides depict primarily Rennell and Bellona Island people in 1930 and 1933, with a smaller number of slides of ni-Vanuatu, particularly Malekula people, dating from 1925 (a few of the Rennell slides are copies from the American Museum of Natural History). All of the lantern slides have have been digitized and can be viewed through links in the container list, or by clicking the link below.

Items available online

Box 13
Slides 1-59, circa 1919-1939
Box 14
Slides 60-119, circa 1919-1939