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Guy R. Lambert scrapbook

Ms. Coll. 1388

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Lambert, Guy R., (Guy Raymond), 1907-1963
Title:
Guy R. Lambert scrapbook
Date:
1935
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1388
Extent:
1 box (0.2 linear foot)
Language:
English
Abstract:
A scrapbook created in 1935 by British soldier Guy R. Lambert consisting of documentation, letters, and photographs concerning the May 31, 1935 Quetta Earthquake and its aftermath.
Cite as:
Guy R. Lambert scrapbook, 1935, Ms. Coll. 1388, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.
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Biography/History

Born in Stanmore, Middlesex, England to Cecil Humphrey and Alice Mary Lambert. Guy R. Lambert was a Lieutenant Cololnel in the 1st Field Brigade, 98th Field Battery Royal Artillery based in Quetta, Pakistan. He witnessed and documented the 1935 Quetta earthquake. The earthquake killed over 30,000 people in Quetta. Lambert had two siblings, Joyce Madeline and Humphrey Philip.

Scope and Contents

A scrapbook created by Lambert consisting of documentation, letters, and photographs concerning the Quetta Earthquake and its aftermath. Tipped in the volume is Lambert's typed daily account of the earthquake from its occurrence at 3:00 a.m. on May 31 to June 9, 1935. Lambert described digging for survivors, the number of deaths, military aid and operation, and the catastrophic destruction of Quetta. His account is followed by a typescript: Extracts from the official report on the Quetta Earthquate, 1935 compiled by Major A. C. Willison ..., Western Command. The extracts recorded British soldiers' daily operations. Following the typescripts are seven letters and a telegram to Lambert from his family and friends discussing the quake. Two hand-drawn maps of Quetta are in the volume. Documenting the earthquake's destruction and devastation to the region are 86 numbered black-and-white photographs pasted on the rectos. Typed descriptions of the images are tipped in the volume preceding each leaf of photographs. At the end of the volume is a typescript address and copy of a telegram by the Viceroy and Governor-General of India.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  May 2019

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This collection is available for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Sold at auction at Dominic Winter (South Cerney, Cirencester, England), April 18, 2018, lot 273.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Great Britain. Army. Royal Field Artillery.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts, English--20th century
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
Geographic Name(s)
  • Quetta (Pakistan)--History--British occupation, 1765-1947--Sources
  • Quetta (Pakistan)--Maps
Personal Name(s)
  • Lambert, Cecil Humphrey, 1869-1938
Subject(s)
  • Earthquakes--Pakistan--Quetta--Photographs
  • Scrapbooks--Earthquakes--Pakistan--Quetta--20th century
  • Soldiers--Great Britain--Pictorial works

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Collection Inventory

Box

Guy R. Lambert scrapbook, 1935.

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