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Louise Lamprey collection

Identifier: 0175

Collection Scope and Content

The collection consists of biographical newspaper articles, and a typescript of four stories by Ms. Lamprey.


  • 1934-1935, undated


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Curator of the Maine Women Writers Collection.

Biographical / Historical

Lunette Emeline Lamprey (penname Louise Lamprey) was born in 1869 in Alexandria, New Hampshire. Her father was a minister. She graduated in 1891 from Mount Holyoke College as a member of its first graduating class. Lamprey went on to become one of the first woman editors of a Washington D.C. newspaper, The Capitol. She also lectured at a series of New England summer camps, including Laughing Loon Camp in East Waterboro, Maine and Limmerick Campfire Girls. These experiences led Lamprey towards writing children's books, specifically historical fiction, including In the Days of the Guild, Masters of the Guild, The Treasure Valley and The Tomahawk Trail. Lamprey also wrote about architecture, including her book, All the Ways of Building (1933). Although she traveled extensively, she spent the majority of her life in Limmerick, Maine as a local celebrity, the alliterative "Louise Lamprey of Limmerick". She died in 1951. When once asked about her writing and characters, Lamprey said, "People walk into my stories and sometime prove to be better than those I had planned. In a books write themselves. When I sit down at my typewriter, I never know what is to come. Endings sometimes astonish me. Nor do I believe that authors who put their acquaintances into novels are as successful, as a rule, as those who make their characters up."


.25 linear feet

3 folders

Language of Materials



The collection is one series of three folders.

Guide to the Louise Lamprey collection, 1934-1935
Jefferson Navicky
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Maine Women Writers Collection Repository

Abplanalp Library
University of New England
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland Maine 04103 United States