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Estate of Sinclair Lewis records

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1463
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, legal papers, financial papers, and personal papers relating to Sinclair Lewis, his wives Grace Hegger and Dorothy Thompson, and the Lewis family. Included are divorce decrees, custody and alimony agreements, wills, tax and real estate records, powers of attorney, and contracts pertaining to Lewis's novels Ann Vickers, Dodsworth, and Elmer Gantry. The collection also contains a few objects, such as metal keys and a visor, and a certificate of vaccinations against typhoid fever and smallpox for Sinclair, Grace, and Wells Lewis.

Language of Materials

In English, with a small amount of material in German.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Estate of Sinclair Lewis Records is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. on the Sinclair Lewis Fund, 2011.


Organized into ten series: I. Agreements, 1914-1941. II. Ann Vickers, circa 1930-1933. III. Correspondence, 1916-1948. IV. Divorce, 1928-1946. V. Financial Papers, 1880-1942. VI. Personal Papers, 1921-1929. VII. Powers of Attorney, 1928-1937. VIII. Real Estate, 1841-1949. IX. Taxes, 1917-1932. X. Wills, 1924-1941.

1.67 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Related Names
Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951
Language of Materials