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Henry O. Lampe papers

Identifier: C0092

Scope and Content

Content Warning: Imagery and content related to the Nazi Party during World War II.

This collection contains materials pertaining to Henry O. Lampe's diverse career as a government employee, transportation planner, and civic activist, as well as his personal interests and lifelong love of theatre. The majority of the materials include programs and playbills from Lampe's attendance at many theatrical performances, playscripts and publications on theater, as well as records and reports on gerontology, legislation on aging from the Arlington Commission on Aging and the White House Conference on Aging, publications on international affairs, and records on transportation planning in Northern Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area. Also included are materials on Germany and the Nazi Party in World War II.


  • 1936-1989


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Biographical Information

Henry "Hank" Oscar Lampe was born in Bremen, Germany on April 8, 1927 of American parents, Henry D. and Dorothea Lampe (pronounced Lamp-ee). Lampe's mother was the "first female civilian to enter Berlin after the end of World War II to assist with diplomatic efforts" (McCaffrey). Lampe grew up in Germany and witnessed the rise of the Nazi Party and World War II. In 1941 the family moved to Arlington, Virginia and Lampe attended American University in Washington, D.C. After serving in the Navy, in 1946 Lampe returned to Germany as an employee of the U.S. Government. After returning to the U.S., Lampe married his first wife Virginia in 1953, who was also active in Virginia politics.

Employed as a government worker as well as a stockbroker, Lampe had a long record of civic activities beginning in 1964. A Republican, he was member of the Northern Virginia Regional Planning Commission and the General Assembly of Virginia, Vice Chair of the Virginia Metropolitan Areas Transportation Study Commission, a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, a member of the Arlington Commission on Aging, Chair and President of the Northern Virginia Mental Health Association, and served on the Board of Trustees at Arlington Hospital and the George Mason University Board of Visitors. Both Henry and Virginia Lampe were active in Linwood Holton's 1965 run for Virginia governor.

Lampe was a lifelong thespian and lover of theatre. As evidenced through his collection, he continually sought out amateur acting opportunities (often alongside Virginia) and attended a wide variety of Northern Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Broadway venues throughout his life. While living in Berlin in the 1940s, he was a part of the American Little Theater Association of Berlin.

Lampe passed away in October 2012.


10 Linear Feet (23 boxes, 1 map case)

Language of Materials




This collection contains materials pertaining to Henry O. Lampe's diverse career as a government employee, transportation planner, and civic activist, as well as his personal interests and lifelong love of theatre.


Most of this collection is arranged according to subject. Additional materials were processed in accession order.

Physical Location

R 31, C 1, S 1 - S 4

Map Case 3.4

OS R 2, C 1, S 4

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Henry O. Lampe in 1979-1982.

An additional donation of materials created by Lampe was donated to the SCRC by Arlington Public Library in 2000.

Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center also holds the Virginia Lampe papers, as well as many collections on theatre in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.


McCaffrey, Scott. "Henry Lampe Remembered as Gentle, Guiding Force on Local Political Scene," November 5, 2012. Inside NOVA,

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections Research Center staff. EAD markup completed by Eron Ackerman and Jordan Patty in April 2009.

Reprocessed by Amanda Menjivar from June-August 2023. Finding aid updated by Amanda Menjivar in August 2023. Madeline Puppos contributed to the box inventory.

Guide to the Henry O. Lampe papers
Henry O. Lampe
Eron Ackerman, Jordan Patty, Amanda Menjivar
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Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center Repository

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