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Sinclair Lewis, 1885-1951
Literary File, Photography Collection

2,621 items

Acquisition: Internal transfers
Access: Open for research
Processed by: Susan McClellan, 2006
RLIN Record ID: None


Table of Contents

Scope and Contents
Item List
Index of Photographers

Scope and Contents

The Sinclair Lewis Literary File consists of 2,621 items, largely contained in seven albums. The images in six of the albums form a chronological depiction of Lewis' life and travels from 1912 to 1927, the years of his relationship with his first wife Grace Hegger. The seventh album contains images of life at Twin Farms, Lewis' home with his second wife Dorothy Thompson, in circa 1943. The file includes portraits of Lewis, Grace, and their son Wells among the loose prints as well as in the albums. An index at the end of this guide lists photographers whose work is featured in this file. Further descriptions of some items are available in a card catalog in the repository.

This file forms a part of the Literary File Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.


Item List

Container Accession / P No. Description
PH:LF:Lewis, S.P1, P1A, P2-P4, P6-P8, P10, P13, P17, P20A-P20C, P21A-P21B, P23-P30, P36-P39, P43, P48, P50-P59 Portraits of Lewis alone at various ages and with other people, including his first wife Grace Hegger and second wife Dorothy Thompson; portraits of Grace alone; portraits of Lewis' son Wells alone at various ages and with Grace (his mother); views of Lewis' birthplace and a main street; images of other subjects pertaining to Lewis.
PH:LF:Albums:Lewis, S., 1 957:0001:0001-0153 153 items (photographic prints, b/w snapshots) depicting the early years of Lewis' marriage to Grace Hegger and their son Wells' early childhood; compiled by Mrs. Frank Hegger (Grace's mother); handwritten and typed captions.
PH:LF:Albums:Lewis, S., 2 [was P11] 129 items (photographic prints, b/w snapshots) depicting the period from Sept. 1912 to Sept. 1915; includes a portrait of Grace by Arnold Genthe; some typed captions (by Grace); also 1 newspaper clipping (brief description of the wedding of Sinclair and Grace).
PH:LF:Albums:Lewis, S., 3 [was P45]368 items (326 b/w snapshots, 10 photographic postcards, 29 photomechanical postcards, 3 halftone prints) depicting the Lewis' travels in the United States from Dec. 3, 1915 to Sept. 5, 1916; typed captions (by Grace) throughout; also 2 newspaper clippings; see LF card catalog for count of items and clippings.
PH:LF:Albums:Lewis, S., 4 [was P46] 551 items (491 b/w snapshots, 31 photographic postcards, 27 photomechanical postcards, 2 halftone prints) depicting the period from Sept. 1916 to May 1921; typed captions (by Grace) throughout; also 4 newspaper clippings, 2 telegrams, 2 Christmas cards, 1 map, and 1 "Baldwin drinking cup;" see LF card catalog for count of items and other material.
PH:LF:Albums:Lewis, S., 5 [was P12] 391 items (photographic prints, b/w snapshots, photographic postcards) depicting the Lewis family's travels in Europe from May 1921 to May 1922; typed captions throughout; also some newspaper clippings.
PH:LF:Albums:Lewis, S., 6 [was P47]928 items (822 b/w snapshots, 23 photographic postcards, 50 photomechinal postcards, 33 halftone prints) depicting the period from May 30, 1922 to March 1927; typed captions (by Grace) through all but last few pages; also 34 newspaper clippings, 4 German mark notes, 1 Christmas card, 1 letter from "Bevil," 1 meeting announcement, 1 hotel bill, and 1 pencil sketch; see LF card catalog for count of items and other material.
PH:LF:Albums:Lewis, S., 7 [unnumbered]44 b/w snapshots depicting life at Twin Farms, Lewis' home with his second wife Dorothy Thompson; compiled by Dorothy for Lewis' son Wells, 1943; handwritten captions throughout.
PH:LF:Ceramic Photographs Box P49 (C25) Portrait of Lewis' first wife Grace Hegger as a young woman (hand-tinted ceramic photograph, with gold frame, in leather case lined with blue velvet).
NV:LF BoxesP5, P9, P13-P16, P18-P19, P22, P31-P32, P34, P39-P42, P44Images of Lewis alone, with his first wife Grace, and with other people; images of Grace alone and with their son Wells; views of a main street (all nitrate negatives; P13 and P39 correspond to photographic prints with these numbers).


Index of Photographers

Cwojdzinski, Paul--P10
Genthe, Arnold, 1869-1942--P20A-P20C, Album 2 (1 item)
London Stereoscopic Co.--P50
Peter A. Juley & Son--P26
Rich, J. E.--P1
Swain, F.A.--P30
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964--P7


Sinclair Lewis Literary File Finding Aid
(Last modified: 18 June 2007)

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