H.H. Lamb Archive

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence and research papers; draft and final reports; reprints; Climatic Research Unit (CRU) research contracts; and supporting material for research in the form of data, photographs, maps, charts, graphs and diagrams.

Contents focus on storms over the North Sea and other northern seas around the coasts of northwest Europe; climate history including the ice age; long-range weather forecasts; rainfall; specific weather phenomena; weather in the UK and in East Anglia; climatic effect of volcanic dust; CRU administration, etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hubert H. Lamb (1913-1997) obtained his Master's degree from Trinity College, Cambridge in natural sciences and geography. He worked at the British and Irish Meteorological Offices from 1945 until 1971. He was the Founding Director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (1972-1977) and was awarded an honorary doctorate (D.Sc.) from UEA in 1981.


The early deposit (LAMB/1) occupies 8 linear metres and comprises 31 boxes. Re-arrangement has taken place covers. The content is organised according to 42 subject areas. The subject areas are similar to those used by Lamb in the index lists he created to organise his reprint collection.

The later deposit (LAMB/2) occupies 14 linear metres and comprises boxes, box-files and firm folders. No sorting or re-arrangement of LAMB/2 has taken place. The listing reflects the labels on the boxes or folders as kept by Lamb. There also exists two copies of an accompanying index compiled by Lamb (in red and blue ring-binders) to the printed reports, articles and reprints. There are over 80 lists, each with a separate subject theme.

Access Information

Other than where a specific access restriction is noted, the collection is open for consultation in the Archives Department during its advertised opening hours.

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Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions can be supplied in hard copy or digital format subject to physical condition and the terms of deposit. A charge is made for this service. Copyright restrictions may apply and the advice of the Archives department should be sought for any use of reproductions other than personal research.

Custodial History

The H.H. Lamb Archive was transferred from the Climatic Research Unit to UEA Archives in two stages. The first transfer of 31 boxes was made in 1998. This has become known as LAMB/1 and occupies 8 linear metres.

The second transfer came directly from the CRU Library in 2015. This has become known as LAMB/2 and occupies 14 linear metres.

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