Sinclair Kennedy papers
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a) Personal or institutional correspondence – Letters to and from family members or friends. Correspondence with both these groups tends to be political in nature, often having to do with international politics and Kennedy's belief that the English-speaking nations should band together. The friends include citizens of other English-speaking countries: Newfoundland (which was separate from Canada until 1949), New Zealand, Australia, and Great Britain.
b) Subject correspondence files – Letters to and from government or media bodies, mostly impersonal. There are two sets of topics: wartime issues, which include wartime conservation, nutrition for servicemen, etc.; and correspondence regarding Kennedy's writings The Pan-Angles and Why Federate?
Nearly every correspondence file has a clippings file associated with it. Kennedy seems to have subscribed to a clippings service, which would collect and date stamp newspaper articles about the topics that interested him.
Kennedy's writings include mostly typewritten entries to the Circular Quarterly, apparently a newsletter his college friends put together to keep up with each other's lives. They are dated approximately every three months from 1917 through 1945, though tapering off in the later years. They describe Kennedy's daily life and travels much more fully than his correspondence does.
Other writings include drafts of a play titled "As We Will," a vision of a meeting between Hitler and Mussolini in 1938, and several open letters about English-speaking federation or wartime issues which he wrote during the First World War.
- Series I: Correspondence
- ___Subseries A: Personal and Institutional Correspondence, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent,and chronologically within each correspondent.
- ___ Subseries B: SubjectCorrespondence,arranged by topic, by correspondent, and chronologically.
- Series II: Writings
Alphabetical bysubject, mostly arranged in Kennedy's original files. These includean ancestral tablet, consisting of handwritten genealogical notes aswell as a typewritten family history; drafts of a play called "As WeWill" which Kennedy wrote as part of his letters to George K. Briggs;Kennedy's handwritten biographical notes; over 20 years' worth oftypewritten Circular Quarterly entries; excepts from letters meant for publication; twoshort narratives of his canoeing trips to Newfoundland in 1905 and1907; published open letters; and other miscellaneous notes anddrafts.
- Series III: Miscellaneous
This seriesincludes various club invitations from the 1910s, to dinnersregarding his work with pan-Angle federation; a copy of a poem byHenry Lyte (1793-1847); estate materials for Jonathan Dorr;the writings of Richard Jebb; a biographical booklet aboutGeorge Golding Kennedy, Sinclair Kennedy's father; a Massachusettsincome tax form from 1929; miscellaneous materials on nutrition andwartime conservation; miscellaneous materials and pamphlets having todo with The Pan-Angles, Why Federate?, and other miscellany.
- Series IV Clippings
Files associatedwith the correspondence or other files, arranged chronologicallywithin correspondence or other file designations
- Series V Photographs
This series includes photographs of George K. Brigg'schildren; photographs from Circular Quarterly of S. Kennedy's houses,landscapes, postcards from his journeys, and one of him with his wifein 1945; and an unidentified photograph of an older man from the late1800s.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Kennedy, Sinclair. Papers, 1905-1946: Finding Aid.
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