Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Sinclair mss. II, 1895-1961, are Xerox and other copies of correspondence of and relating to Upton Beall Sinclair, 1878-1968, novelist, acquired as a result of a circularization of libraries listed as having Sinclair manuscripts in American Literary Manuscripts ... Compiled and Published Under the Auspices of the American Literature Group, Modern Language Association of America, by the Committee on Manuscript Holdings ... Austin, University of Texas Press, [c.1960], pp. 341-342.

Libraries from which copies were obtained include Allegheny College Library, Meadville, Pennsylvania; Pack Memorial Public Library, Asheville, North Carolina; Brooklyn Public Library; University of Chicago Library; Columbia University Library; Cornell University Library; St. John's Seminary Library, Camarillo, California; Haverford College Library, Haverford, Pennsylvania; Los Angeles Public Library; Middlebury College Library, Middlebury, Vermont; University of Missouri Library, Columbia, Missouri; Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey; University of Rochester Library, Rochester, New York; San Francisco Public Library; University of Southern California Library, Los Angeles, California; Southern Illinois University Library, Carbondale, Illinois; University of California at Los Angeles Library; University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Virginia; Wellesley College Library, Wellesley, Massachusetts and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York, New York; Colby College Library, Waterville, Maine; The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Yale University Library; Wagner College Library, Staten Island, New York; and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

The collection also contains one original letter from Upton Sinclair to an unidentified person, January 14, 1909, which was presented to the Lilly Library by the Swarthmore College Library in answer to a request for a copy.

Correspondents other than Sinclair represented in the collection include Waldo Ralph Browne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Brooks Fletcher, Alexander Gumberg, Algie Martin Simons, Mrs. Mary Craig (Kimbrough) Sinclair, Joseph Lincoln Steffens, Robert Leicester Wagner, Mrs. Marion Foster Wetherspoon.

In addition to letters, the collection contains a copy of Sinclair's "My friend George Sterling," a copy of "The profits of religion: offertory," and a copy of his "Scenario of Jimmie Higgins goes to war."

Also see the Guide to the Collections: Upton Sinclair, Sinclair, D. Mss., and Sinclair, M.C.K. Mss.

Related manuscripts: Sinclair mss., Sinclair mss. III, Sinclair mss. IV, Sinclair mss. V, Sinclair mss. VI, Sinclair mss. VII

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.