A Catalogue of Books, Manuscripts, and Other Materials from the Upton Sinclair Archives

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I. ANCESTORS
Memorandum book, 1813-14.

Captain Arthur Sinclair (the author's great-grandfather) for whom the destroyer U.S.S. Sinclair was named, kept this memorandum book during the years 1813-14. It contains a record of his correspondence, expense lists (both personal and for outfitting a ship), some personal notes, and a vivid account of an engagement with the British fleet on Lake Ontario. Bound in leather.

Photograph, [c. 1825].

Captain Arthur Sinclair, the author's great-grandfather. Photograph of an oil painting.

Photograph, [c. 1885].

Mr. Upton B. Sinclair, Sr., the author's father.

Two Years on the Alabama. By Arthur Sinclair, Lieutenant, C.S.N. With over thirty illustrations. Second edition. Lee and Shephard Publishers: Boston, 1896.
Bound in grey pictorial cloth.

Written by Upton Sinclair's uncle, this book relates the two years of hazardous and successful service of the Alabama, from the day of her commissioning, 24 August 1862, until the day she was sunk by the Kearsarge, 19 June 1864. Perhaps Upton Sinclair's passion for accuracy is inherited as well as acquired. In any case, his uncle offers the following modest claim in his introductory remarks: "Truth, at least, he thinks he can promise, for he has spared no pains to verify through the testimony of others what he has herein set down."

Photograph, [c. 1910].

Mrs. Priscilla Harden Sinclair, the author's mother.

Brass deck plate, 8 October 1919.

Named in honor of Upton Sinclair's great-grandfather, this destroyer was commissioned on 8 October 1919 and was placed out of commission 25 April 1935. Captain Sinclair fought in the first American naval battle after the Revolution, that between the Constellation and the Insurgente, in 1798.

Inscribed: "U.S.S. SINCLAIR NAMED IN HONOR OF ARTHUR SINCLAIR, CAPTAIN UNITED STATES NAVY. BORN-VIRGINIA, DIED -NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, FEBRUARY 7, 1831. APPOINTED MID- SHIPMAN IN 1798; COMMISSIONED CAPTAIN IN 1813. TOOK PART IN MANY BRILLIANT ENGAGEMENTS IN THE WAR OF 1812-13. COMMANDED U.S.S. ARGUS 1812-13. COMMANDED U.S.S. NIAGARA ON LAKE HURON 1814, WHEN HE CAPTURED A NUMBER OF ENEMY VESSELS. DESTROYER No. 275."

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A Catalogue of Books, Manuscripts, and Other Materials from the Upton Sinclair Archives
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Table of contents

  • Title Page 1
  • Contents 3
  • Introduction 4
  • I. Ancestors 11
  • Iv. the Struggling Artist 12
  • V. the Jungle 14
  • Vi. "Causes" 15
  • Vii. Playwright 24
  • Viii. the "Dead Hand" 27
  • Ix. Oil! 28
  • X. Boston 33
  • Xi. the Epic Campaign 34
  • Xiii. Editor 40
  • Xv. Some Critics 41
  • Xvi. Trophies and Tributes 43
  • Xvii. a Gallery of Portraits 44
  • Xviii. Posters 46
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