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Guide to the Rand School Archives Collection on Upton Sinclair TAM.425

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rand School of Social Science
Title: Rand School Archives Collection on Upton Sinclair
Dates [inclusive]: 1911-1964
Abstract: Upton Sinclair (September 20, 1878 - November 25, 1968) was a socialist and the author of The Jungle (1906), an expose of dangerous and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards, who, in 1934, ran for governor of California on the Democratic Party ticket, basing his campaign around the slogan "End Poverty in California" (EPIC). The collection includes correspondence and manuscripts by Sinclair, bibliographies of his writings, as well as critical essays relating to his life and work.
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet in 1 manuscript box
Language: The materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM.425

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Historical/Biographical Note

Upton Sinclair (September 20, 1878 - November 25, 1968) was a socialist and author of books such as Manassas (1904) and  The Jungle (1906), the latter becoming a world famous expose of dangerous and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards, and which helped bring about the passage, later that year, of two federal laws, the Pure Food and Drug Act, and the Meat Inspection Act. In 1934, he ran for governor of California on the Democratic Party ticket, basing his campaign around the slogan "End Poverty in California" (EPIC).

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Scope and Content Note

The collection includes correspondence and manuscripts by Sinclair, bibliographies of his writings, as well as critical essays relating to his life and work, including "Hercules Cleaning the Augean Stables with a Toothbrush," by Karl Radek, 1934, commenting on Sinclair's recent nomination as the Democratic candidate for the Governor of California.

Arrangement

The papers are organized into one alphabetically arranged series.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
  • Radek, Karl, 1885-1939.

Subject Topics

  • Authors, American.
  • Elections |z California |y 1934.
  • Socialists -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The materials in this collection were assembled by the library of the Rand School of Social Science (later the Tamiment Institute and Library). In 1963, members of the People's Education Camp Society, Inc. transferred the collection to the Tamiment Library at New York University in 1963. The accession number associated with this gift is 1963.024

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection, which were created in 1911-1964, are expected to enter the public domain in 2084.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form: Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library, New York University Libraries.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in collection; provenance is unknown. The accession number associated with this collection is 1963.024.

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Container List

Papers, 1911-1964, undated. 0.25 Linear Feet 1 box

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Allat, Henry: Letter Requesting Copies of Sinclair/Related Manuscripts
Apr 20, 1964
Box: 1 Folder : 2 The Dramatic World of Upton Sinclair: A Survey of the Published and Unpublished Plays (21 pp.) / Frederic Litto, Indiana University
1960
Box: 1 Folder : 3 In Memoriam (4 pp.) by Upton Sinclair [For his second wife, Mary Craig Kimbrough Sinclair (1883-1961)]
[1961]
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Letters by Sinclair
1911, 1946-1961, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Radek, Karl: Hercules Cleaning the Augean Stables with a Toothbrush (7 pp.; on Sinclair's California Gubernatorial nomination and campaign)
[1934]
Box: 1 Folder : 6 The Spokesman's Secretary: Being the Letters of Mame to Mom: Letter I In Which I Join the Higher-ups / Upton Sinclair (29 pp.; 23" galley folded in half)
Apr 14, 2926
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Tamiment Institute Library Bulletin No. 17 ("Upton Sinclair's 80th Birthday": leading article)
Sep 1958
Box: 1 Folder : 8 The Wisdom of Mercy / Upton Sinclair (4 pp.)
Jun 4, 1915
Box: 1 Folder : 9 The World of Upton Sinclair" A Bibliography / Harry Laidler (2 pp.)
[1958]

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