Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Howatt mss., 1902-1959, consist in the main of letters to David Howatt, 1882- , farmer, secretary of Upton Beall Sinclair, and writer, from Harry Kemp, Upton Beall Sinclair, and William James Durant.

The letters, 1902-1915, from Kemp fall mainly in the years, 1902-1910, during which time Kemp was in and out of school first at Mount Herman School in Mt. Herman, Massachusetts, and later at the University of Kansas. Kemp tells of where he is publishing poems and defines his point of view on matters of concern to him, e.g. his ideas of religion, free thinking, socialism, etc. He comments on books he is reading and on some of his acquaintances, among them Bernarr Adolphus Macfadden, Elbert Hubbard, and Upton Beall Sinclair.

The letters, 1909-1913, 1924, and 1959, from Sinclair to Howatt, most of which were written during 1909-1910, while Howatt was Sinclair's secretary, are concerned largely with odd jobs Howatt was doing for Sinclair. In the 1910-1913 letters Sinclair comments on the publication of his Love's Pilgrimage and on his divorce.

The Durant material consists of a postcard, August 19, 1912, and a letter, January 10, 1928, from Durant to Howatt, and a postcard, July 21, 1912, from Durant to Mrs. Maude (Osborn) Howatt, (Mrs. David Howatt).

Also included in the collection are an undated ms. of "The red flag," a poem by Sinclair, and photographs of Sinclair, Howatt, Durant, and others.

The first folder in the collection contains newspaper clippings relating to Howatt.

Collection size: 111 items

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