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HARRIS, L. MSS.

The Harris, L. mss., 1931-1977, consist of the correspondence of Leon A. Harris, 1926- , author of Dallas, Texas, engendered in the writing of his book, Upton Sinclair, American Rebel , published by Crowell in 1975 (Lilly PS3537 .I85 Z689), and drafts of the book. The letters from 1931-1964 are those to and from Upton Beall Sinclair, 1878-1968, author and social reformer, which Harris acquired during his research. The later letters to Harris are from many who knew Sinclair, were swayed (or not) by his works, or have written about him. Others are from libraries which supplied copies of Sinclair's letters and accompanied the copies with the rules and regulations regarding their use.

The correspondents are Saul David Alinsky, Edward Allatt, Robert Bernerd Anderson, Truman L. Anderson, Gerald Ashford, Roger Nash Baldwin, Robert Corwin Bannister, Lee Baxandall, Birch Evans Bayh, Samuel Nathaniel Behrmann, Saul Bellow, Elmer Belt, Eric Bentley, John Randolph Bland, II, Richard Howard Bland, Paul Blanshard, Bruce Ormsby Bliven, William Andrew Bloodworth, Albert Boni, Reuben W. Borough, Jo Ann (Harrison) Boydston, Neville Braybrooke, Dale W. Bronstein, Earl Russell Browder, George Buddy, Ralph Johnson Bunche, McGeorge Bundy, Irving Caesar, Erwin Dain Canham, Robert Emmet Cantwell, Stokely Carmichael, Turner Catledge, Bruce Catton, George N. Caylor, William F. Cercone, Myra Champion, Ramsey Clark, Wilbur Joseph Cohen, Phyllis (Fenington) Collier, Frank Cormier, Norman Cousins, Malcolm Cowley, Alan Cranston, Walter Cronkite, Edward Dahlberg, Eugene Henry De Gruson, Babette Deutsch, Martin Dies, John Dos Passos, Robert Ormes Dougan, Paul Howard Douglas, David Dubinsky, William James Durant, Leon Edel, Martin Esslin, Henry Scarritt Evans, Paul McKenna Fargis, James Farmer, James Thomas Farrell, Howard Melvin Fast, Leslie Aaron Fiedler, Louis Filler, John Fischer, Michael Brewster Folsom, Muriel Freeman, Frank Burt Friedel, Warren Graham French, Milton Friedman, Lon Luvois Fuller, John Kenneth Galbraith, Donald Clifford Gallup, Indira (Nehru) Gandhi, John William Gardner, Felicia Geffen, Allen Ginsberg, Darley (Fuller) Gordon, Robert M.Gordon, Ronald Gottesman, Elliott Graham, Ernest S. Greene, Henry J. Haldeman, Oscar Handlin, Seymour Halpern, William Averell Harriman, Leon A. Harris, John Marshall Harrison, Samuel Ichiyé Hayakawa, Henry Hazlitt, Walter Wolfgang Heller, Granville Hicks, Steven Phillips Hill, Hudson Hoagland, William Hogan, Sidney Hook, John Edgar Hoover, Benjamin W. Huebsch, Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Claudia Alta (Taylor) Johnson, Howard Mumford Jones, James Jones, Franz Jung, Alan King, Lincoln Kirstein, Herbert George Klein, Dollie (Kimbrough) Kling, Arthur Koestler, George Krasnoff, Irving Kristol, Arthur Krock, Harry Wellington Laidler, HalldÃr Kiljan Laxness, Linnea Leedham, Max Lerner, Sol Lesser, Seymour Martin Lipset, Stefan Lorant, Eugene Lyons, John Jay McCloy, Robert Strange McNamara, Carey McWilliams, Norman Mailer, Herbert Marcuse, John D. Mayhew, Karl Augustus Menninger, Raymond Moley, Samuel Eliot Morison, Wayne Lyman Morse, Frederic Morton, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Walter George Muelder, Lewis Mumford, Luis MonÃz Marin, Dmitry Muravyev, Elizabeth K. Murphy, Michael Angelo Musmanno, Ryo Namikawa, Ogden Nash, Elsa H. Naumberg, Scott Nearing, Dione (Niedermann) Neutra, Richard O'Connor, Vance Oakley Packard, Norman Vincent Peale, Harry Peters, Lawrence Clark Powell, David Anton Randall, Asa Philip Randolph, Arlene Reisberg, Victor George Reuther, Joseph Banks Rhine, Jerry B. Riseley, Paul Anthony Samuelson, Richard Montgomery Scammon, Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Budd Schulberg, Alan U. Schwartz, George Seldes, Arnold Eric Sevareid, David Sinclair, Jean (Weidman) Sinclair, Mary Craig (Kimbrough) Sinclair, Upton Beall Sinclair, Datus Clifford Smith, Lorna D. Smith, Charles Percy Snow, baron Snow, Irving Stone, John Anthony Stone, Rex Todhunter Stout, William Styron, Harvey Swados, Studs Louis Terkel, John Varick Tunney, Louis Untermeyer, Miriam (Beard) Vagts, Cynthia Kirk (Smith) Vartan, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Horace Jeremiah Voorhis, Denny Jay Walsh, John Lewis Ward, Robert Mark Warner, Earl Warren, Edward Augustus Weeks, Theodore Harold White, Alden Rogers Whitman, Billy Wilder, Rhys Williams, Wallace Edward Williams, Logan Gaylord Wilshire, Mary Wilshire, James Harold Wilson, Hans Zeisel, Don Charles Zobel.

A group of miscellaneous items associated with Harris' research include: Allatt checklist of material about Sinclair, 1963-1967. Book jackets for Upton Sinclair, American Rebel; Books contemporary with Sinclair's life; Chronology of Sinclair's life, 1878-1968; Chronology of the United States, 1862-1968; Cicero (drama) by Sinclair, mimeo copy; Oral interviews (transcripts) with Earl Russell Browder, Melville Henry Cane, Ronald Gottesman, Carey McWilliams, David and Jean (Weidman) Sinclair, Norman Thomas, Alden Rogers Whitman; People file; Physical description of Sinclair; Publications by Sinclair, 1894-1968; The Sinclair CALM by Ronald Gottesman; Work data on research; Printed material.

The drafts of Upton Sinclair, American Rebel include: Early draft, Chap. I-II, IV-XXV, T.D. with corrections; Later draft, Chap. I-XXV, carbon of T.D., heavily corrected; Final draft, Chap. I-XXV, xerox of T.D.; Notes; Old, T.D. & xerox, many corrections and cut-offs; Notes: Final master, T.D. with many corrections; Notes: Xerox (3 copies); Text and notes: pp. 474-662, carbon and T.D.; Bibliography: A.D.; Bibliography: T.D. & Xerox - 4 copies, 3 with corrections; Bibliography: Xerox - 2 copies with corrections. Accompanying the drafts are Examination copies for approval and correction by A) Edward Allatt and Ronald Gottesman, carbon; B) David and Jean (Weidman) Sinclair, Xerox; C) Alden Rogers Whitman, carbon; D) unidentified copy, T.D. and carbon. Resource or working materials for the book are arranged first by chapter and then in a group of 26 general folders.

A box and folder list is available.

Gift. Leon A. Harris, Dallas, Texas. 1979

Collection size: 1,224 items

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