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Stephen R. Pastore collection on Sinclair Lewis

Scope & content

This collection was donated to Salve Regina University by Stephen A. Pastore, who spent many years acquiring various materials related to Nobel Prize-winning American author Sinclair Lewis and his works. It is divided into two sections: published books and non-book material.


Pastore collected multiple editions of each of Lewis's books, including some published in other languages, including German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Icelandic, Russian, Greek, and Swedish. In addition, he collected books about Lewis and books that referenced or related to him somehow, such as a history of the Yale class of 1907. Other books relate to Dorothy Thompson, Lewis's second wife. Also, Pastore recreated Lewis's personal library to some extent by purchasing copies of books that he was known to have read. The collection also includes approximately 11 titles by Theodore Dreiser, an influential contemporary of Lewis's.

Non-book material:

Pastore gathered copies of Lewis's published articles and theater scripts as well as audio recordings of his books and movies adapted from his works. He obtained photocopies from other archives of some of Lewis's personal correspondence, and he collected articles written about Lewis and miscellaneous instances of his name or references to his work. Also included in the collection are images of Lewis and items related to his boyhood home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

A unique portion of the collection is Pastore's research files that he compiled in preparation for the publication of his book Sinclair Lewis: a Descriptive Bibliography: a Collector's and Scholar's Guide to Identification, published by Yalebooks Press in 1997.

The collection contains a wide variety of physical formats, including vinyl records, audio cassettes, VHS video cassettes, photos, papers, and periodicals. All of the non-book materials are written or recorded in English.