Contains a transcript and sound recording of Lucille Kendall's 1976 interviews with Louise Todd Lambert; an interview history;
and a few miscellaneous papers, including a photocopy of Lambert's 1958 letter of resignation from the Communist Party. The
interviews document Lambert's early years as an official for the Communist Party in California, including her participation
in major labor actions and strikes of the 1930s; her involvement in local and statewide elections as a Communist Party candidate
and campaign manager; her arrest and imprisonment in the Tehachapi correctional institute for women (1935-1938); her experiences
"underground" as a member of the national Communist Party's reserve leadership (1950-1955); and, finally, her resignation
from the Party in 1958. The final portion of the interview is devoted to Lambert's memories of fellow activist Anita Whitney.
Communist activist Louise Todd Lambert was born in 1905 in San Francisco to German immigrant parents. Raised in a socialist
family, the young Lambert was active in the suffrage movement, the Young Workers League, and Nature Friends. In 1929, Lambert
joined the Communist Party in California, filling the sensitive role of organizational secretary until the mid-1940s. As a
state official for the Communist Party, Lambert participated in a number of important labor actions and strikes, including
the 1933 cotton strike in San Joaquin Valley and the 1934 San Francisco General Strike. She was also active in local and statewide
elections, running for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1931 and 1933, and working as a Communist Party campaign
manager during the 1934 elections. These political efforts led to Lambert's arrest and imprisonment the following year.
Transcript and papers: 2 folders (0.2 linear feet); Tapes: 20 audiocassettes.
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