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Legal Records Relating to Sinclair Lewis

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 1104

Scope and Contents

The Legal Records Relating to Sinclair Lewis consist of records maintained by Mellville H. Cane (executor of Lewis's estate), Pincus Berner, Paul Gitlin, Eugene Winick and other attorneys affiliated with the law firm of Ernst, Cane and Berner and its later iterations. In addition to correspondence between Lewis and his attorneys, the records include drafts and copies of Sinclair Lewis's will; correspondence and documents concerning his death and estate; records regarding his writings, including contracts and agreements, and permissions and rights inquiries handled by attorneys after Lewis's death. Also included is a photograph of Lewis and his wife, the journalist Dorothy Thompson (1893-1961), and photographs of an unidentified exhibition of Sinclair Lewis books and manuscripts. Additional records received in 2017 include legal and financial documents relating to the divorce of Sinclair Lewis and his first wife, Grace Hegger Lewis, and subsequent alimony issues, and correspondence relating to the publication of a biography of Lewis by Mark Schorer.

Dates

  • 1919 - 1984

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Legal Records Relating to Sinclair Lewis 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, 2015.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Wills and Estate Records, 1919-1982. II. Records Relating to Sinclair Lewis's Writings, 1935-1984. III. May 2017 Addition Regarding the Estate of Sinclair Lewis, 1927-1968.

Extent

4.0 Linear Feet (10 boxes + 1 broadside)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.lewisleg

Overview

The Legal Records Relating to Sinclair Lewis consist of records maintained by Mellville H. Cane, Pincus Berner, Paul Gitlin, Eugene Winick and other attorneys affiated with the law firm of Ernst, Cane and Berner and its later iterations. In addition to correspondence between Lewis and his attorneys, the records include drafts and copies of Sinclair Lewis's will; correspondence and documents concerning his death and estate; records regarding his writings, including contracts and agreements, and permissions and rights inquiries handled by attorneys after Lewis's death.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

The records were removed for preservation purposes from original accordion file folders maintained by attorneys. Labels and file numbers have been transcribed and included in the finding aid.
Title
Guide to the Legal Records Relating to Sinclair Lewis
Author
by Susan Brady
Date
December 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.