Lamb, Arch Green and Mina Wolf, Papers, 1832-2002 and undated

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Biographical Sketch

Archibald “Arch” Green Lamb and his wife Mina Marie Wolf Lamb were prominent Lubbock citizens and avid promoters of Texas Tech University. Arch was born on June 10, 1912 in Coolidge, Texas. He moved to Lubbock while attending Texas Technological College during the late 1930s. He met his wife Mina during their college years. They were wed on June 3, 1941 near Stamford, Texas. In 1939 Lamb received his bachelor’s degree in dairy manufacturing. He was active in campus organizations by becoming a member of the student council and vice-president of the student body. He founded the Saddle Tramps, a Texas Tech spirit organization for the college male student. After college Arch was employed with numerous creameries in Fort Worth, Brownwood, and Abilene. He resettled in Lubbock and ran for the Lubbock County commissioners’ court in 1954 and won. He stayed in that post from January 1955 to December 1976 developing a reputation as a hard worker and respected politician. He raised crops on his farm and at one time even raised mules for which he developed a fondness for the livestock. He was a promoter to save the Texas Tech dairy barn from demolition. Arch passed away on March 25, 2004 at the age of 91 years. He and his wife had one child Arch Karl Lamb.

Mina Marie Wolf Lamb developed a reputation of her own. She and her sister Ilse were dedicated employees of Texas Tech University. They were both faculty members of the College of Home Economics (now the College of Human Sciences). Mina was born in Sagerton, Texas on August 14, 1910. Ilse was born on September 11, 1903 and died in April 1980; she never married. Their parents were Karl Wolf and Louisa Boeer Wolf, one a German immigrant and the other a descendant of German immigrants. Mina’s aunt Clara Boeer married Thomas (T. A.) Hickey, the socialist advocator and supporter of the labor movement in the late 1890s and early twentieth century.

Mina Wolf Lamb received her B.A. in Chemistry (1932) and M.S. in Food and Nutrition (1937) from Texas Tech. She received her Ph.D. in Nutrition (1941) from Columbia University. After graduating she went to work for Texas Texas as assistant professor of food and nutrition until she retired in 1975 as Professor Emeritus. She served in other roles as department chair and the first Margaret W. Weeks Professor of Home Economics. In 1986, the American Dietetic Association awarded her with their most prestigious Medallion Award. Dr. Lamb also served on the Dean’s Advisory Council from 1981-1987. Currently she is in an assisted living home.

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, financial records, legal records, memoirs, printed materials, scrapbook materials, and postcard collection from Arch Green and Mina Marie Wolf Lamb. Most papers are personal correspondence from Mina and Ilse Wolf’s parents and relatives. Some are from Mina and Arch during there early college and married years. The postcards were compiled by Mina and Ilse as they were avid collectors as well as buttons and stamps. Of special note are the German letters from Mina’s relatives dating to the early 1800s through the 1930s. Some come from their relatives in Germany and others from their German descendants in Texas. Only one file has letters from T. A. Hickey but there is some from his wife Clara Boeer Hickey.


The collection is organized into the following series:

Box 1-2: Arch G. Lamb

Box 2: College Days

Box 2-19: Correspondence

Box 19-24: Financial Material

Box 24-25: Ilse H. Wolf

Box 25: Legal Materials

Box 25-26: Literary Production

Box 26: Memorabilia

Box 27-30: Mina Wolf Lamb

Box 30-31: Mules

Box 31-32: Picture Postcard Collection

Box 32-43: Printed Material

Box 43: Research Material

Box 43-46: Scrapbook Material I

Box 47-50: Greeting Cards Collection

Box 51-52: Scrapbook Material II

Box 53-60: Postcard Collection

Box 61-64: Scrapbooks and Plaques


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.

Subjects (Persons)

  • Lamb, Arch.
  • Lamb, Mina Marie Wolf, 1910-
  • Wolf, Ilse Hildegard.
  • Wolf, Louisa Boeer.
  • Wolf, Karl.
  • Hickey, Clara.
  • Hickey, Thomas A., 1869-1925.
  • Subjects (Places)

  • Lubbock (Tex.)
  • Subjects

  • Texas Technological College--History.
  • Texas--German immigrants--history.
  • Postcards.

  • Related Material

    Arch and Mina Lamb Oversized Materials, O8.18

    Arch and Mina Lamb Photograph Collection

    Boeer/Wolf Families Papers, 1837-1972 and undated

    Boeer/Wolf Families Papers, 1837-1972 and undated

    Mina Wolf Lamb Papers, 1926-1946

    Administrative Information

    Preferred Citation

    Arch Green and Mina Wolf Lamb Papers, 1832-2002 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


    Collection accession #(s): 2004-0039-B

    Gift, 2004

    Processed by

    Abel Ramirez and Karen Hicks, Spring and Summer 2004.


    Box 4

    Folder 7, Boeer, Maria, possibly written by her, 1904-1926

    Folder 8, Boeer, Marie from Theodor Schwarz, 1914