Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Sinclair mss. VI, 1907-1977, consist of correspondence, writings and miscellaneous papers by and relating to author Upton Beall Sinclair, 1878-1968, his wife Mary Craig (Kimbrough) Sinclair, and his son David Sinclair. The collection is arranged in three units: 1) Files of Upton and Mary Craig Sinclair; 2) Files of Mary Craig's brother Hunter Southworth Kimbrough; and 3) Files of David Sinclair. The early letters and documents concern Upton's separation from his first wife, Meta (Fuller) Sinclair, their subsequent divorce, the custody of their son David, and Upton's later marriage to Mary Craig Kimbrough. Among the correspondents in these files are Upton's secretary Ellen Barrows, his father-in-law William Marcy Fuller, poet Harry Kemp, and Mary Craig and Upton Sinclair. Also present are letters received and written by, and writings of Mary Craig, ca. 1907-1959; two bank books for Upton Sinclair accounts, 1959-1963; contracts and agreements, 1956 and 1959; and a draft of and two codicils to Upton's "Last will and testament". Hunter Kimbrough's files consist of correspondence, 1925-1963, including several letters from Upton; a few pieces of memorabilia relating to the Sergei Eisenstein \ Mexican film project [Que Viva Mexico]; some writings (articles, etc.) by him; and a file titled Sinclair Press that includes copyright information about Southern Belle, written by Mary Craig, published privately by the Sinclairs and distributed by Hunter, as well as requests and thank you notes for copies of the book. The materials from David Sinclair include a large group of letters from his mother, Meta, to him, 1938-1968; family correspondence consisting chiefly of letters from Upton or his third wife, May, to David or his wife, Jean, 1962-1968; letters to Upton from various friends and fans to which David responded on his father's behalf, 1967-1968; and condolences to David upon Upton's death, as well as some later correspondence with family and friends relating to Upton. Upton Sinclair's card address file completes the collection.

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

Collection size: 500 items

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

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