Legal Records Relating to Sinclair Lewis
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.
- 1919 - 1984
Language of Materials
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.
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.
4.0 Linear Feet (10 boxes + 1 broadside)
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.
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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.
- Authors -- United States -- 20th century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century
- Berner, Pincus
- Cane, Melville, 1879-1980
- Executors and administrators -- New York (State) -- New York
- Gitlin, Paul
- Lawyers -- New York (State) -- New York
- Lawyers -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th Century
- Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951
- Schorer, Mark, 1908-1977
- Thompson, Dorothy, 1893-1961
- Winick, Eugene
- Guide to the Legal Records Relating to Sinclair Lewis
- by Susan Brady
- December 2016
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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