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Stephen R. Pastore collection on Sinclair Lewis

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Writings by Lewis, 1907-1950
The files in series 1 date from 1907 to 1950. This series contains articles and correspondence written by Lewis, as well as various samples of his signature.

Articles by Lewis, 1907-1947
This subseries consists of stories and articles written by Sinclair Lewis and published between 1907 and 1947 in various national magazines, such as The Nation and the Saturday Evening Post. Some of his longer stories and novels appeared in serializations over several issues of a magazine. Other articles often featured his opinions or his critiques of other authors' works. Most of the articles in this subseries are present in original, complete issues of the magazines, but one of the articles appears only as a photocopy. Two oversized items are located in Box 15.

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 1 American Magazine, "How I Wrote a Novel on Trains and Beside the Kitchen Sink"
1921 Apr
Box 1, Folder 2 American Mercury, "Self-Conscious America"
1925 Oct
Box 1, Folder 3 American Mercury, "Self-Conscious America" [duplicate]
1925 Oct
Box 1, Folder 4 American Mercury, "The Man who Knew Coolidge"
1928 Jan
Box 1, Folder 5 American Scholar, "The Artist, the Scientist and Peace"
1945 Summer
Box 1, Folder 6 The Bookman, "The Passing of Capitalism"
1914 Nov
Box 1, Folder 7 Book News Monthly, "John Ames Mitchell"
1912 Mar
Box 2, Folder 1 The Century, "Young Man Axelbrod"
1917 Jun
Box 2, Folder 2 The Century, "Floyd Dell"
1921 May
Box 2, Folder 3 Coronet, "The Death of Arrowsmith"
1941 Jul
Box 2, Folder [Cosmopolitan, see Hearst's International]
Box 2, Folder 4 Dearborn Independent, "How I Write and Why I Write"
1926 Mar
Box 2, Folder 5 Golden Book Magazine, "Speed"
1933 Jul
Box 2, Folder 6 Good Housekeeping, "The Golden Half-Century"
1935 May
Box 2, Folder 7 Good Housekeeping, "The Golden Half-Century" [duplicate]
1935 May
Box 3, Folder 1 Good Housekeeping, "There's No Excuse for Lateness"
1944 May
Box 3, Folder 2 Harper's Magazine, "A Matter of Business"
1921 Mar
Box 3, Folder 3 Hearst's International, "The Tamarack Lover"
1918 Feb
Box 3, Folder 4 Hearst's International, "Mother Love"
1918 Jul
Box 3, Folder 5 Hearst's International, "Mother Love" [duplicate]
1918 Jul
Box 3, Folder 6 Hearst's International & Cosmopolitan, "What a Man"
1929 Sep
Box 3, Folder 7 Hearst's International, "Keep Out of the Kitchen"
1929 Oct
Box 3, Folder 8 Hearst's International, "City of Mercy"
1931 Jul
Box 3, Folder 9 Hearst's International, "I'm an Old Newspaper Man Myself"
1947 May
Box 4, Folder 1 Liberty, "They Had Magic Then"
1941 Sep 6
Box 4, Folder 2 Life, "Maecenas Welches," in "Literary Zoo"
1907 Jul 4
Box 4, Folder 3 Life, "American Kiplings," in "Literary Zoo"
1907 Aug 1
Box 4, Folder 4 Life, "Editors Who Write," in "Literary Zoo"
1907 Oct 10
Box 4, Folder 5 Literary Digest International Book Review, "A Review of Reviewers"
1922 Dec
Box 4, Folder 6 The Metropolitan, "Slip It to 'Em"
1918 Mar
Box 4, Folder 7 The Nation, "Minnesota the Norse State"
1923 May 30
Box 4, Folder 8 The Nation, "The Hack Driver"
1923 Aug 23
Box 4, Folder 9 The Nation, "I Return to America"
1924 Jun 4
Box 4, Folder 10 The Nation, "I Return to America" [duplicate]
1924 Jun 4
Box 4, Folder 11 The Nation, "Main Street's Been Paved"
1924 Sep 10
Box 4, Folder 12 The Nation, "Be Brisk with Babbitt, part 1"
1924 Oct 15
Box 4, Folder 13 The Nation, "Be Brisk with Babbitt, part 2"
1924 Oct 22
Box 4, Folder 14 The Nation, "Be Brisk with Babbitt, part 3"
1924 Oct 29
Box 4, Folder 15 The Nation, "An American Views the Huns"
1925 Jul 1
Box 4, Folder 16 The Nation, "Can an Artist Live in America?"
1925 Dec 9
Box 4, Folder 17 The Nation, "Sinclair Lewis on Mr. Lorimer and Me"
1928 Jul 25
Box 4, Folder 18 The Nation, "Publicity Gone Mad"
1929 Mar 6
Box 4, Folder 19 The Nation, "Devil Dog Rule"
1929 Dec 18
Box 4, Folder 20 The Nation, "A Letter to Critics"
1931 Sep 16
Box 4, Folder 21 The Nation, "A Letter to Critics" [duplicate]
1931 Sep 16
Box 5, Folder 1 Newsweek, "Onward Chicago"
1937 Oct 4
Box 5, Folder 2 Outer's Book, "May Afield"
1907 May
Box 5, Folder 3 Overland Monthly, "My California Lady" (Poem)
1908 Jan
Box 5, Folder 4 Overland Monthly, "Gold in Umber"
1926 Jun
Box 5, Folder 5 Overland Monthly, "My California Lady" (Poem)
1926 Jul
Box 5, Folder 6 Redbook, "Anne Vickers" (part 5 of serialized version of novel)
1932 Dec
Box 5, Folder 7 Saturday Review, "Literary Felonies"
1936 Oct 3
Box 5, Folder 8 Woman's Home Companion, "January Nights" (Poem)
1907 Jan
Box 5, Folder 9 Woman's Home Companion, "The Awful Jungle"
1908 May
Box 5, Folder 10 Writer's Digest, June 1931, "On Receiving the Nobel Prize"
1931 Jun
Box 6, Folder 1 Saturday Evening Post, "Nature, Inc."
1915 Oct 2
Box 6, Folder 2 Saturday Evening Post, "If I Were Boss" (part 2)
1916 Jan 8
Box 6, Folder 3 Saturday Evening Post, "Twenty-four Hours in June."
1917 Feb 17
Box 6, Folder 4 Saturday Evening Post, "A Story with a Happy Ending"
1917 Mar 17
Box 6, Folder 5 Saturday Evening Post, "Hobohemia"
1917 Apr 7
Box 6, Folder 6 Saturday Evening Post, "A Woman by Candlelight"
1917 Jul 28
Box 6, Folder 7 Saturday Evening Post, "The Shadowy Glass"
1918 Jun 22
Box 6, Folder 8 Saturday Evening Post, "The Shadowy Glass" [duplicate]
1918 Jun 22
Box 6, Folder 9 Saturday Evening Post, "The Swept Hearth"
1918 Sep 21
Box 6, Folder 10 Saturday Evening Post, "Moths in the Arc Light"
1919 Jan 11
Box 6, Folder 11 Saturday Evening Post, "Moths in the Arc Light" [duplicate]
1919 Jan 11
Box 6, Folder 12 Saturday Evening Post, "The Shrinking Violet"
1919 Feb 15
Box 6, Folder 13 Saturday Evening Post, "Things"
1919 Feb 22
Box 7, Folder 1 Saturday Evening Post, "The Cat of the Stars"
1919 Apr 19
Box 7, Folder 2 Saturday Evening Post, "The Watcher across the Road"
1919 May 24
Box 7, Folder 3 Saturday Evening Post, "Free Air, part 1"
1919 May 31
Box 7, Folder 4 Saturday Evening Post, "Free Air, part 2"
1919 Jun 7
Box 7, Folder 5 Saturday Evening Post, "Free Air, part 3"
1919 Jun 14
Box 7, Folder 6 Saturday Evening Post, "Free Air, part 4"
1919 Jun 21
Box 7, Folder 7 Saturday Evening Post, "The Enchanted Hour"
1919 Aug 9
Box 8, Folder 1 Saturday Evening Post, "Danger—Run Slow"
1919 Oct 18
Box 8, Folder 2 Saturday Evening Post, "Bronze Bars"
1919 Dec 13
Box 8, Folder 3 Saturday Evening Post, "Habeas Corpus"
1920 Jan 24
Box 8, Folder 4 Saturday Evening Post, "Way I See It"
1920 May 29
Box 8, Folder 5 Saturday Evening Post, "The Good Sport"
1920 Dec 11
Box 8, Folder 6 Saturday Evening Post, "Ring Around a Rosy"
1931 Jun 6
Box 8, Folder 7 Saturday Evening Post, "Land"
1931 Sep 12
Box 8, Folder 8 Saturday Evening Post, "Proper Gander"
1935 Jul 13
Box 15 "A Letter to Critics" broadside, republished from The Nation
1931 Sep 16
Box 15 "Samples: a book containing many fine pages from the books to be published by the Limited Editions Club in its seventh series, with a note on book collecting"
1935

Lewis correspondence, 1910-1950
This subseries includes copies of correspondence from Sinclair Lewis to some of his family members and acquaintances written between 1910 and 1950. The family members include his father, Edwin J. Lewis, his brother Claude, his nephew Freeman, his nieces Isabella and Virginia, and lastly Marcella Powers, the young actress Lewis was emotionally tied to. The letters in this subseries are all photocopies of original papers owned by other archives.

Container Description Date
Box 10, Folder 1 Correspondence to father Edwin J. Lewis
1912-1926
Box 10, Folder 2 Correspondence to brother Claude
1921-1950
Box 10, Folder 3 Correspondence to nephew Freeman
1925-1930
Box 10, Folder 4 Correspondence to niece Isabel
1929-1950
Box 10, Folder 5 Correspondence to niece Virginia
1930-1950
Box 10, Folder 6 Correspondence to Marcella Powers
1942
Box 10, Folder 7 Miscellaneous correspondence
1910-1948

Lewis signatures
This subseries contains several of Lewis's signatures. Some of the signatures are on loose papers, while others are on his correspondence. One is on an advertisement.

Container Description Date
Box 10, Folder 8 Signatures
undated

Writings and records about Lewis, 1922-1997
The files in series 2 date from 1922 to 1997. This series contains articles and other items about Lewis, including photographs of him and Stephen Pastore's research papers for his bibliography on Lewis. These are things about Lewis that were created by other people.

Articles about Lewis, 1922-1997
This subseries includes various articles written by others about Sinclair Lewis and his various works. The articles were published between 1922 and 1997. Two oversized items are located in Box 15.

Container Description Date
Box 9, Folder 1 The American Mercury, "A Note as to Sinclair Lewis," by James Branch Cabell
1930 Aug
Box 9, Folder 2 The Bookman, "Literary Spotlight, xii: Sinclair Lewis," by John Chipman Farrar
1922 Sep
Box 9, Folder 3 Firsts the Book Collector's Magazine, "From Sauk Centre, Sinclair Lewis," by Stephen R. Pastore
1997 Apr
Box 9, Folder 4 Harper's Magazine, "The Tangled Romance of Sinclair Lewis and Dorothy Thompson," by Vincent Sheean
1963 Oct
Box 9, Folder 5 Life and Letters, May 1929, "A Camera Man," by E.M. Forster
1929 May
Box 9, Folder 6 The Literary Digest, "Sinclair Lewis Struts His Stuff"
1930 Dec
Box 9, Folder 7 Satire Newsletter, "The Sacred Rites of Pride," by Thomas C. Kishler
1965 Fall
Box 9, Folder 8 Saturday Review, Review of It Can't Happen Here
1935 Oct 19
Box 9, Folder 9 Time, "Sinclair Lewis in U.S. Letters"
1945 Oct 8
Box 9, Folder 10 Time, "Sinclair Lewis in U.S. Letters" [duplicate]
1945 Oct 8
Box 10, Folder 9 Articles about Sinclair Lewis in books and periodicals (Authors B-H)
Box 10, Folder 10 Articles about Sinclair Lewis in books and periodicals (Authors K-P)
Box 10, Folder 11 Articles about Sinclair Lewis in books and periodicals (Authors R-V)
Box 15 The New York Herald Tribune, "Sinclair Lewis Faces Fascism in the US"
1935 Oct 20
Box 15 The New York Times Book Review, "The Road to Babbittville"
1997 Mar 16

Bibliography by Stephen Pastore, 1991-1997
One major contribution to the scholarship on Sinclair Lewis is the descriptive bibliography of all of Lewis's works, which was compiled and published by Stephen R. Pastore in 1997. In the collection are rough drafts of the bibliography and various papers documenting Pastore’s research process and publication process.

Container Description Date
Box 11, Folder 1 Miscellaneous research papers
Box 11, Folder 2 Correspondence regarding Lewis and his work and attachments
1991-1997
Box 11, Folder 3 Book lists in research process and bookseller invoices
1996, undated
Box 11, Folder 4 Drafts of Appendix I and Notes
undated
Box 11, Folder 5 Partial draft of bibliography
undated
Box 11, Folder 6 Draft of bibliography without pictures
undated
Box 11, Folder 7 Publishing forms and miscellaneous bills for bibliography
1996-1997
Box 11, Folder 8 Stephen Pastore author photographs
undated
Box 11, Folder 9 "World So Wide – the Life Journey of Sinclair Lewis," by Stephen R. Pastore
1997
Box 11, Folder 10 Stephen Pastore correspondence regarding the bibliography
1991-1997
Box 11, Folder 11 Typed draft of bibliography
Box 11, Folder 12 Photographs of Lewis book covers, to be printed in bibliography
1996
Box 14, Folder 1 Printer’s copy of the Sinclair Lewis Bibliography by Stephen R. Pastore

Images of Lewis
This subseries contains pictorial representations of Lewis, including photographs, drawings, and a reproduction of a painted portrait. Framed portraits are hung on a wall in the Munroe Room, McKillop Library.

Container Description Date
Box 15 Unframed black & white photographs of Lewis
Box 15 'Sinclair Lewis of Main Street' by William Showalter (2 copies)
Munroe Room Pen and ink, by Richard Hood
Munroe Room Original pencil on paper drawing of cover illustration for The Nation, Vol. CXXVII, no. 3290, by H. H. Knight
1928 Jun 7
Munroe Room Black & white photograph
Munroe Room Black & white photograph framed with Lewis signature

Adaptations of Lewis's works, 1918-1998
The items in series 3 date from 1918 to 1998. Sinclair Lewis's works have been adapted into stage and film productions as well as audiobooks and other sound recordings. The collection contains scripts and playbills for various plays based on Lewis's novels and stories. This series also contains a list of all of the film adaptions from Sinclair Lewis's works as well as videocassette versions of some of them. The audio recordings in this series are read primarily by professional narrators, though Lewis does read his own work on two recordings.

Stage adaptations, 1918-1998
This subseries consists of copies of typed scripts for stage versions of Lewis's works as well as published playbills from various productions dated 1918-1998.

Container Description Date
Box 12, Folder 1 "Angela Is Twenty-Two"
1938
Box 12, Folder 2 "Angela Is Twenty-Two"
1938
Box 12, Folder 3 "Angela Is Twenty-Two"
1938
Box 12, Folder 4 "Elmer Gantry," pp. 1 – 90
1959
Box 12, Folder 5 "Elmer Gantry," pp. 90 – 183
1959
Box 12, Folder 6 "Publish Glad Tidings," Act One
Box 12, Folder 7 "Publish Glad Tidings," Acts Two and Three and Notes
Box 12, Folder 8 "Queenie and the Jopes," Act One
Box 13, Folder 1 "Queenie and the Jopes," Acts Two and Three
1938
Box 13, Folder 2 "Queenie and the Jopes," Act One
1938
Box 13, Folder 3 "Queenie and the Jopes," Acts Two and Three
1938
Box 13, Folder 4 "Dorothy and Red"
Box 13, Folder 5 "Hobohemia"
1918
Box 13, Folder 6 Playbills
1934-1998

Screen adaptations, 1926-1968 and undated
This subseries contains VHS videocassettes of movies (1926-1968 and undated) adapted from Lewis's stories and novels. In addition, there are individual film descriptions printed from the Internet Movie Database and publicity materials from the 1960 film version of Elmer Gantry. The movie Assassination Bureau is based on a plot that Lewis sold to Jack London for a novel.

Container Description Date
Box 13, Folder 7 List of Sinclair Lewis works adapted for film
undated
Box 15 Publicity cards for Elmer Gantry
1960
Box 16 Ann Vickers
1933
Box 16 Arrowsmith
1932
Box 16 Assassination Bureau
1968
Box 16 Babbitt
1934
Box 16 Cass Timberlane
1947
Box 16 Dodsworth
1936
Box 16 Elmer Gantry
1960
Box 16 Fun and Fancy Free (includes Bongo, story by Lewis)
1947
Box 16 Ghost Patrol
1936
Box 16 Mantrap
1926

Sound recordings, 1948-1998
This subseries contains a handful of audio recordings dating from 1948-1998 of Sinclair Lewis stories. Most are read by professional narrators, but two feature Lewis's own voice. Some of the recordings are on audiocassette, while others are on 33 1/3 and 45 RPM vinyl records.

Container Description Date
Box 15 "Mr. President from FDR to Eisenhower," (33 1/3 RPM)
1953
Box 15 "Mr. President from FDR to Eisenhower," (45 RPM)
1953
Box 15 "Patti Page Sings and Stars in Elmer Gantry," (33 1/3 RPM)
1961
Box 15 It Can't Happen Here, read by Michael Lewis, (33 1/3 RPM)
1973
Box 17 American Playhouse presents Sinclair Lewis live, short story and speech (1 audio cassette)
Box 17 Babbitt, read by Walter Huston, (1 audio cassette)
1948
Box 17 Babbitt, read by George Guidall, (10 audio cassettes)
1998
Box 17 It Can't Happen Here, read by Michael Lewis, (1 audio cassette)
1973
Box 17 Main Street, read by Barbara Caruso, (13 audio cassettes)
1996

Sauk Centre, MN, 1978-1997
The items in series 4 date from 1978 to 1997. This series contains a miscellaneous grouping of Sinclair Lewis ephemera and realia, such as a plate and coin from a celebration held in Sauk Centre in 1985 marking 100 years since his birth. Among other items, there is also information from a Sinclair Lewis Conference held in Sauk Centre in 1997, as well as recent pictures from the home where Lewis grew up.

Container Description Date
Box 13, Folder 8 US postage stamps and first day covers
1985 Mar 21
Box 13, Folder 9 Lewis Conference, Sauk Centre, MN
1997 Jul
Box 13, Folder 10 Boyhood home and Babbitt maps
Box 18 Commemorative plate showing Lewis's boyhood home
1978
Box 18 Commemorative plate from Lewis Centennial
1985
Box 18 Commemorative coin from Lewis Centennial
1985
Box 18 T-shirt from Lewis conference in Sauk Centre
1997

Miscellaneous
This series contains various miscellaneous items related to Lewis that were collected by Stephen Pastore, such as a signature of Lewis's second wife, Dorothy Thompson and a draft of the book Henry Ward Beecher: An American Portrait by Paxton Hibben, which Lewis was known to have read.

Container Description Date
Box 9, Folder 11 Courier, "What's in a Name?: characterization and caricature in Dorothy Thompson criticism," by Frederick Betz
1996
Box 13, Folder 11 Pamphlet written by Dorothy Thompson and signature
Box 13, Folder 12 Photograph of Louis Untermeyer, signed and inscribed to Lewis
Box 19 Typed draft of Henry Ward Beecher: An American Portrait by Paxton Hibben
circa 1927