Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Kimbrough mss., 1961-1967, consist of letters to and from bond salesman Hunter Southworth Kimbrough, 1900-1994, concerning his relationship with his brother-in-law, Upton Beall Sinclair, 1878-1968. Kimbrough was the brother of Sinclair's second wife, Mary Craig (Kimbrough) Sinclair, 1883-1961, and enjoyed a long personal relationship with the author. The items in this collection chronicle the final years of that relationship, especially the misunderstandings between Kimbrough and Sinclair in regard to certain financial matters.

The letters are arranged chronologically. Correspondents in the collection are John Kenneth Cameron, Ranney Clark Draper, Frederick Hard, Hunter Southworth Kimbrough, and Upton Beall Sinclair. A series of annotations written by Kimbrough as late as 1989 that further explain the nature of the misunderstandings between the two complete the collection.

Gift. Hunter Kimbrough via Ronald Gottesman. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. 1989.

Also see the Guide to the Collections: Upton Sinclair

Collection size: 28 items

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