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Rock Rest

Papers, 1940-2006

MC 216

10 boxes (3.33 cu.ft.)

About Rock Rest

Rock Rest was an inn primarily for African American guests in Kittery Point, ME. Owned and operated by Clayton and Hazel Sinclair, who gave up their own beds to guests coming to vacation in Maine during the summer months from 1948 to 1976, its story reflects much of the racial history of the 20th century in northern New England, including the pre-Civil Rights era of de facto segregation when racial discrimination pervaded public and private life. It is also the story of a couple’s determination to make a better life for themselves against great odds, by working hard and integrating themselves into the dominant society, yet still speaking out and taking action to end injustice. Clayton and Hazel helped establish the first seacoast branch of the NAACP.

By the time Pease Air Force Base opened in 1956 bringing a new influx of minority families into the seacoast region, local discriminatory practices in housing and public accommodations had become intolerable. Home owners and real estate agents placed restrictions on properties in certain parts of town, prohibiting Blacks from renting or buying homes in so-called “red lined” neighborhoods. De facto segregation limited access to hotels, upscale restaurants, barbershops, and many other public places that were operated by non-Blacks. Because this was an unwritten practice, unlike in the South where interracial mingling was prohibited by law, African Americans could never be certain whether they would be accepted or rejected when seeking services. Although he gave a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II of England in 1957, when Count Basie (and Duke Ellington and many other celebrity performers) played for white audiences at dance halls in Weirs Beach, York Beach and Old Orchard, he could not find overnight accommodations in white-owned establishments.

About the Rock Rest collection

The collection consists of only a small amount of material directly related to Rock Rest as an inn. The bulk of the collection is made up of correspondence and personal belongings of the Sinclairs, their families and friends.

Folder Listing

  1. Rock Rest
  2. Hazel Sinclair
  3. Clayton Sinclair
  4. Family and friends
  5. Subject Files
  6. Miscellaneous
  7. Photographs
  8. Oversize

I. Rock Rest

A. Guest Books

BOX 1
f.1 Guest book, house warming 1940-1943.
f.2 Rock Rest guest book 1948-1975.
f.3 Rock Rest guest book 1960-1975.
f.4 Spreadsheets of guests at Rock Rest 1948-1972 with names and addresses of guest and friends.

B. Correspondence

f.5 Correspondence to Rock Rest, 1951-1952: Eva Archer; Louise Abrams; Edna M. Brooks; Bernice L. Carn; Geraldine & Rufus Cox; Pearl & Ed Guy; Clarence A. Holmes.

C. Finances

f.6 Accounts and expenses, 1946-1977.
f.7 Accounts, 1957-1976.
f.8 State, county and town taxes on Rock Rest, 1948 & 1949.
f.9 Invoice for new floors and partition for Rock Rest 1939; invoice for bathroom install at Rock Rest 1940; invoice 1945; invoice for two chairs 1952.
f.10 Building permit for two porches at Rock Rest 1946; Department of Health and Welfare Water Analysis Report, 1968.
f.11 Property appraisal, May 10, 1985.

D. Printed Materials

f.12 Rock Rest business cards, stationery, letterhead, and postcards, one b&w, one color
f.13 Newspaper articles: “Historic Home Listed as an Endangered Resource,” Foster”s Daily Democrat, August 1, 2008; “Rock Rest lodging for black help,” n.d.
f.14 Pencil sketch of Rock Rest.
f.15 Paper: “Rock Rest: An African American Guest House in the Age of Segregation” by Valerie Cunningham, a former Rock Rest employee presented at the Black New England Conference, Center for New England Culture, Durham, NH, June 2006.

II. Hazel Sinclair

A. Correspondence

BOX 2
f.1 From Hazel Sinclair to “Aunt,” Sept. 27, 1986; to “Christian Church Family,” n.d.; to Clayton Sinclair, n.d.; to Clayton Sinclair, Jr., Oct. 26, 1951; to United Baptist Convention, n.d. (letter of resignation as treasurer of People’s Baptist Church); envelope with return address.
f.2 From Clayton Sinclair, Jr. (11 letters, 1952-1967 and undated).
f.3 From Clayton Sinclair, III (11 letters, 1983-1994 and undated).
f.4 From Jean Sinclair (13 letters 1966-1995).
f.5 From Louise Abrams*; Gray Alvord; Linda Arman; Fairy Armstrong; Levin Armwood, 1928-1980.
f.6 From Gertrude Batchelder; Ruth Benson*; Peg Bertolini; Rose Bettain; Harold Blaxter; Carolyn Blouin, Teddie and Angela Booker, 1975-1987.
f.7 From Anne Bright; Ken and Mary Brown; Lorraine Brown; Marie Brown; Quincy Bryant; Mary Ann Burn, 1951-1978.
f.8 From Harold & Gracia Campbell; Bernice Carn;* Kennie & Winnie Caswell; Marion Whiting Chassier; Edward Crocker; Nita Crawford; Augusta & Clarence & Valerie Cunningham; Valerie Cunningham, 1978-1993.
f.9 From Mary Decatur; Libby Delano; Thomas Dudley, 1978-1994.
f.10 From Alysa Edwards; Mary & Wilber Edwards; Royaline Edwards; Royaline & Kelvin Edwards; Dora & Carroll Evans, 1978-1995.
f.11 From Jane Faust; Jan & Tom Fawcett (18), 1975-1995.
f.12 From Janet M. Fletcher; Ellen Forbes; Jack, Audrey, Mark, Scott & Kimberly Foster; Laurie Freeman; John Gainey; Mary Gardner;* Viki & [?] Gibbs; Ed & Pearl Guy, 1951-1995.
f.13 From Ruth & Richard Hardin; Jean & Bob Harford; Richard B. Harrison; Ken Hayes; Gwendolyn M. Haynes; Johnalee Herbert, 1928-1993.
f.14 From Helen & George Hogan;* Lula Holimon; Bessie Hopkins;* W.W. Howells; Margaret Hubbard; Rose Huntley; Isabel Hutchins; Louise Jackson; Stanley & Lillian Jarvis, 1958-1991.
f.15 From Anne Johnson;* Diane Johnson; Ethel & Thelma [McNair] Johnson;* Tyris Jones, 1971-1989.
f.16 Bernice (“Bonnie”) Kidd; Kwanza; Myrtle [K], 1987-1994.
f.17 From Bob & Milly Lamson; Laverdure Family; Yusuf Lazor; Bertram “Bert” & Winnie Lee;* Evelyn Leighton; J.E Lowery; Cassie, Arthur & Pat Lutts, 1951-1994.
f.18 From Dorris MacDonald; Alice Marden; Etta McAllester; Rev. J.R. McClements; Margaret & Don McIntosh; Ethel & Thelma McNair [Johnson];* Gladys McNally; Linda Midgette, 1946-1987.
f.19 From Olive Moore; Percy & Nellie Moore;* 1978-1987.
f.20 From Evelyn New; Tamara New-O”Chei; Jeri Palmer; Lou Parker; Melvina “Vina” Parker, 1978-1995.

BOX 3
f.1 From Lillian Pelchat; W.G. Poor; Chris & Miriam Portlock;* Marion Powell, 1978.
f.2 From Rev. Wayne and Antoinette “Toni” Price, 1978-1989.
f.3 From Rev. Wayne and Antoinette “Toni” Price, 1992-1994.
f.4 From Louise Ramsdell; John & Arlene Randall; “Mattie” Randolph;* Valerie Randolph; Thomas & Roxie Ratliff; Barbara Reese; Dorothy Roark, 1968-1978.
f.5 From Dolly Robarts; Ted & Mary Robbins; Margaret Rogers; Frances Ross; Judi Sama; Kirk Sampson; Albert Samuda, 1974-1995.
f.6 From Robert & Ruth Satterberg; Esther Sawyer; Jonathan Sawyer; John & Marion Schroeder; Alice Seaward; Harry & Helen Seaward; Gladys Shirley;* Grace Sills; Dean (“Junior” – nephew) and Jean Sinclair; E.D. & Nancy Sinclair,* 1951-1993.
f.7 From Bernice Smith; Robert & Betsy Smith; U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith; Reverend Raymond F. Smith (Gen. Sec., United Baptist Convention of NH); Janis So[--]?; Jeannette Spear; Brenda Stallworth; Anna Stevenson; Myrtle Stoddard; Walter Stryker, 1961-1994.
f.8 From Stan & Shirley Teasdale; Oscar M. Thompson;* Margaret Tragard; Muriel Turk; John & Bonnie Vadala, 1952-1995.
f.9 From Capt. Van Driel and the Rotterdam Crew; C.W. Vandenbergh; Mary Varrell; Betty Walton; James, Lillian & Isabel Washington; Mae Washington;* Eleanor Williams, 1951-1995.
f.10 From Bobbie Wilson; V. Wilson; Hilda & Bindley Wiltshire; Ann Workman; Doris Yolter, 1978-1995.
f.11 From unidentified correspondents: Alexne; Ally and Ellen; Angela; Anissa; Anne; Anne and Wilber; Barbara and Charlie; Bernard and Erdine; Bernice F.; Bernice and Angela; Bernice and Kiel; Betty and Stan; Brad; Butch.
f.12 From unidentified correspondents: Carolyn; Carolyn and Paul; Charlotte and George; Cin and Peter; Deanie and Bernard; Edna and Lionel; Edward; Ed and Ann; Eleanor and Jeri; Elizabeth; Essielene.
f.13 From unidentified correspondents: Goodie; Graham and Jean; Gussie; Helen; Ida; Janet and Mary; Joe; John and Carle; Jon and Mary; Josephine; Judy and Coles; Kel; Lysa; Marjorie and Charlie; Mark and Jane; Mary.
f.14 From unidentified correspondents: Rachel; Charlotta and Ray; Ruth; Sandra; S.C.; Stan and June; Ted [Robbins?]; Toni [Price?]; Trent; Valerie [Randolph/Cunningham?]; W.R.L.; unidentified.
f.15-16 A sample of the many hundreds of sympathy, birthday, Christmas cards, etc. sent to Hazel.
* = guests at Rock Rest

B. Personal Files

f.16 Photocopy of high school diploma (original is located in Oversize), June 23,1920;
Announcement of “Hazel Colbert in a Dramatic Recital,” November 7, 1935;
Divorce certificate, April 2, 1936; clippings: divorce notice Feb. 25, 1936 and notice of marriage to Clayton Sinclair on Sept. 16, 1936.
Kittery Maine Voter Certification October 12, 1951;
Hazel and Clayton”s twenty-fifth wedding anniversary invitation 1961;
Award for sixty years of church membership from Middle Street Baptist Church, May 19, 1985;
Certificate of Recognition for “Extra Meritorious Service and Dedication / The Bearer of this Certificate is Proclaimed Deaconess Emeritus,” December 1, 1991.
f.17 Speeches: “My Sunday”; “Women”s Communion Breakfast”; “Friends are a Gift of God”; “What Love Means to Me”; American Baptist Women of N.H. Mid-Winter Meeting; ["Looking to the Future"]: Speech to Youth; Unknown: “Having faced a great lost [sic] some months ago”¦”
f.18 Journal of “Trip West 1952″; photocopy and transcription of same.
f.19 Various address books.

BOX 4
f.1 Copy of The New Testament.
f.2 Hymnal.
f.3 Prayers and devotions.
f.4 Printed hymns: “Battle Hymn of the Republic”; “Lift Every Voice and Sing”; “Middle Street Baptist Song Shee”; “Choose Ye.”
f.5 80th birthday guest book , April 15, 1982.
f.6 Engagement Calendar, 1989.
f.7 Notes re Hazel”s health, family, etc., October 18, 1993-October 28, 1994.

C. Organizations

f.8 Material re religious organizations:
“American Baptist Convention: Handbook on the Collection Program Christian Higher Education Challenge, Treasurer’s Copy.”
“American Baptist Women: Purpose of the American Baptist Women; American Baptist Women Goals for the “80”s.”
Invitation to the first anniversary celebration of The Bethesda Mission, 140 Circuit Road, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 12, 1984.
Bookmark from the Bible Society of Maine.
Layman”s Hour Message, March 24, 1963 and Layman”s Hour Message, n.d.
Receipt for $1 contribution to Layman’s Hour, dated April 5, 1963.
Program, New Hope Baptist Church, Peverly Hill Road, Portsmouth, N.H. welcoming Rev. Bernice King, Jan. 23, 1994.
Invitation to the New Hampshire Convocation of Churches, May 4-6, 1962.
Souvenir program of the 20th Anniversary Emmanuel Baptist church in Malden, MA, Sunday and Monday, May 15 and 16, 1966.
f.9 Middle St. Baptist Church, Haymarket Square, Portsmouth, N.H.:
Communion Breakfast: For Men Only flyer, n.d.
Contribution invoice, first quarter report, 1968.
Blank card with Middle St. Baptist image on front.
Newsletter, November 1993.
Program for the dedication to the Glory of God, the Service of Mankind, November 18-25, 1956.
Pictorial Church Directory, n.d.;
Print of church (8×11), no. 33, signed R. Fleming, 1983.
f.10 Middle St. Baptist Church, Haymarket Square, Portsmouth, N.H.:
Minutes of Annual Meeting, January 25, 1979.
Programs, incomplete series, 1962-1995 [September 9, 1995, Hazel Sinclair”s Funeral Service programs].

BOX 5
f.1 People”s Baptist Church, Pearl and Hanover Streets, Portsmouth, N.H.:
People”s Baptist Church Constitution, n.d.
Program of Ordination of Wayman B. McLaughlin to the Christian Ministry, June 30, 1945.
Program of Ordination of Stanley Whittred Jarvis, Jr. to the Gospel Ministry, Sept. 14, 1958.
Seventieth Anniversary Program, September 20, 1963.
Program for the morning service, December 3, 1956.
The People Baptist Newsletter, November 1963.
Robert H. Dunn Players program for Smilin’ Through, November 6-7, 1964.
Invoice for “sidewalling” church with insulated brick siding, tearing off steeple and building new spire, installing new louvers and painting steeple two coats, May 20, 1955.
Hazel’s letter of resignation as treasurer, July 2, 1962 and letter from the Auditing Committee, June 22, 1962 stating that “Thorough checking showed that the Treasurers accounts to be [sic] absolutely accurate.”
f.2 People”s Baptist Church: Treasury Book 1948-1952.
f.3 People”s Baptist Church: Treasury Book 1953-1958; photocopies of year 1953.
f.4 People”s Baptist Church: Bulletins 1951-1961, incomplete set.
f.5 People”s Baptist Church: Bulletins 1962, incomplete set.
f.6 People”s Baptist Church: Bulletins 1963, incomplete set.
f.7 People”s Baptist Church: Bulletins 1964-1965, incomplete set.
f.8 People”s Baptist Church: newsclippings, all uncredited and undated unless indicated:
“People”s Baptist Gets New Minister,” March 27, 1958.
“Peoples Baptist Church Received New Pastor.”
“Baptist Church Slates Services,” Aug. 11, 1961.
“Concert Given by People”s Church Group.”
“Church Passes.”
“Public Forum.”
“Celebration of Emancipation Proclamation.”
“Much Interest in Concert.”
“People”s Baptist Church” notices.
“72 drops the Islington for move to historic church,” Aug. 19, 1984.
f.9 Women”s Missionary Society, People’s Baptist Church, Portsmouth, N.H.: two hand-written notes seeking gift donations, November 1954; Notebook with meeting agenda and account balance, 1956.
f.10 Southeastern Baptist Association: annual meeting programs, 1962, 1964, 1989; Christian Social Relations, Southeastern Association Baptist Women, n.d.
Unitarian-Universalist Church: Bulletins 1962-1964, incomplete set; The United Liberal newsletter, January 26, 1978.
United Baptist Convention: anniversary programs of the United Baptist Convention of New Hampshire 1962 and 1965.
“Motion to Amend Name” submitted by the New Hope Baptist Church to change the name of the United Baptist Convention of New Hampshire to the American Baptist Churches of New Hampshire, n.d.
United Church of Women: World Community Day Program, November 5, 1965.
f.11 Programs of service for other churches:
Bethany Congregational Christian Church, Rye, NH, Jan. 26, 1964.
Program for funeral services for Quincy Adam Bryant, Central United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA, July 23, 1979.
First Congregational Church, Kittery, ME, April 14, 1963.
First Christian Church, Kittery Point, ME, December 30, 1962.
Mount Olive Baptist Church, NYC, NY, Nov. 18, 1956 and Oct. 4, 1964.
North Congregational Church, Portsmouth, NH, Jan. 6, 1963 and May 2, 1965.
Pease Air Force Base, NH, April 1, 1962.
St. John”s Church, Portsmouth, NH, Oct. 14, 1962 and The Bulletin, Feb. 1, 1963.
Shiloh Baptist Church, Atlantic City, NJ, Oct. 11, 1964.
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, West Palm Beach, FL, Feb. 24, 1980.
f.12 Material re secular organizations:
Aristo Club of Boston: 50th Anniversary Program, April 20, 1975.
Kwanza newsletters, June 1994, May 1995.
League of Women Voters: letter welcoming Hazel to League of Women Voters and list of officers and directors, June 11, 1986.
Provisional League of Women Voters of York County Bylaws, June 1986.
Brochure; newspaper article, n.d.;
Letter from the Palmer Memorial Institute, Sedalia, North Carolina asking for donation April 28, 1951.
Thank-you postcard for donation to the Massachusetts Congregational Women”s House for the Palmer Memorial Institute, July 9, 1951.
f.13 Visiting Nurse Service of Southern Maine:
Holiday letter, November 27, 1992 and The Visitor, newsletters, Nov. 1992 and Oct. 1993.
Thank you letter acknowledging $20 donation, August 8, 1994.

D. Travel

BOX 6
f.1 Travel Brochures and Guides: “New Orleans, American”s Most Interesting City”; “Roosevelt”s Little White House,” Warm Springs, Georgia; Guadalajara Hilton, Mexico;”Old Fort Hilton,” Kingston, Ontario; “Library of Parliament Ottawa, Canada”; “Sightseeing Official Blue Band,” Quebec, Canada; “The Senate of Canada,” Ottawa, Canada; “Motel Acapulco,” Acapulco, Mexico; “Continental Tours, Grand Tour of Mexico City,” Mexico; “A.J. Hustins Enterprises, Excellent Accommodations and Cuisines,” Nova Scotia; “Callaway Gardens,” Pine Mountain, Georgia.
f.2 Lunch Menus: Grossinger”s, Sunday, October 8, 1978 and Saturday, October 17, 1978; Landis Valley Resort Inn.
f.3 Holland America Cruises: cruise brochures, SS Rotterdam 1980; Caribbean Cruises, 1980-1981; Bermuda and Caribbean Cruises, 1981; Around the World Cruise, 1981; Trans-Canal Cruises, 1981.
f.4 Holland America Cruises: SS Rotterdam: Forecast for November 20, 1980; SS Rotterdam ship”s services Directory; List of Articles consumed on board the SS Rotterdam during the crimson travel Caribbean cruise November 9-21, 1980; “Art on board the SS Rotterdam“; “Hair and Beauty Notes”; paper coaster; piece of blank stationery.
f.5 Holland America Cruises: SS Rotterdam: Daily Programs, Sunday Nov. 16-Thursday Nov. 20, 1980, incomplete.
f.6 Holland American Cruises: SS Rotterdam: Menus, Sunday November 9, 1980-Wednesday November 19, 1980, incomplete.
f.7 Holland America Cruises: SS Rotterdam:: Event Programs, Tuesday November 11, 1980 and Sunday November 16, 1980.
f.8 Holland America Cruises: SS Rotterdam: Port Brochures and Excursions, Fort-de-France, Martinique; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, Sint Maarten; Shore Excursions.
f.9 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line: cruise brochures: 7, 8, 10, and 14-Day Cruises, August 1983-December 1984.
f.10 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line: Song of America: Cruise ticket; passenger list; welcome guide.
f.11 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Song of America: Daily Cruise Compass, Monday October 17, 1983-Friday October 22, 1983, incomplete.
f.12 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Song of America: event program, Tuesday, October 18, 1983 and port brochures: Bahamas; San Juan; St. Thomas.
f.13 Furness Bermuda Line: Queen of Bermuda – church service program; menu cards, Sunday, November 18, 1962-Sunday, November 25, 1962, incomplete.
f.14 Cunard Line, Queen Elizabeth II: map of ship, passenger list.
f.15 Postcards: Jamaica, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Montana.
f.16 Postcards: New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Ontario, and South Dakota.
f.17 Postcards: St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Wyoming, others.

E. Newsclippings

f.18 “North Church Women”s Guild has Reception,” January 23, 1935.
“Women”s Guild Hold Musicale for Charity,” December 12, 1935.
“Kittery Reception for Sen. Smith,” September 19, 1960.
“Hazel A. Sinclair,” Portsmouth Herald, September 11, 1995.
“People”s Baptist Church,” n.d.
“Kittery Meeting of Austin P.T.A.,” n.d.
“North Church Reception,” n.d.
“Death Takes ‘De Lawd’ of ‘The Green Pastures’”; “In Praise of the Negro As An Actor and an Artist,” “R.B. Harrison, “De Lawd,” Dies” (re Richard B. Harrison’s death).
3 untitled and undated clippings.
f.19 Three scrapbook pages 1939-1945; photocopies of same.
f.20 Miscellaneous newspaper clippings.

F. Miscellaneous

f.21 Dress pattern with written measurements.
Handwritten copy of “Prayer with Everything” by Elaine St. Johns, Encino, CA.
Hospital message from Bobbie Wilson and post-it from Eleanor William for Hazel.
Piece of stationery with handwritten Inter-Continental Airline, Inc. slogan.
Short poem about friendship.
Poem: “Special Delivery from Heaven.”
Photograph of Richard B. Harrison, actor and Hazel’s teacher.

G. Audio Interview

f.22 Interview with Hazel Sinclair conducted by Valerie Cunningham, 11/02/90. CD format.

III. Clayton Sinclair

A. Correspondence

BOX 7
f.1 From Clayton Sinclair to Unwar J. Samaha; “Mary and Tom.”
f.2 To Clayton Sinclair from E.A. McCourt; Paul McEachern; Joseph M. Murray; Unwar J. Samaha; Raymond F. Smith; “Court”; “Emma”, and unidentified.

B. Personal Files

f.3 Car insurance policy for new 1939 Chevrolet, July 21, 1939.
Kittery Maine Voter Certification, October 12, 1951.
New Hampshire Technical Institute Commencement Program, Portsmouth, NH, June 26, 1952.
Ticket Receipt for the Boston and Maine Railroad, July 11, 1953.
Receipt for 1949 Chevrolet from Portsmouth Buick Company, Inc., May 4, 1955.
Signed paper appointing Clayton Sinclair as Mr. Alice and Scott Smith”s legal executor, March 15, 1957.
International Certificate of Vaccination, vaccination of small pox, October 23, 1962.
Handwritten insurance calculation, n.d.
f.4 Town of Kittery Councilman card, 1973.
Kittery Resident Clam License, 1977.
Senior Citizen Fort Foster Park pass.
Maine Motor Vehicle Operator”s License, 1979.
Freemason membership card, 1977.
American Legion membership card, 1978.
United States Navy Identification card.
U.S. Naval Hospital Portsmouth, NH Identification card with blood type.
Federal Emergency Assignee Identification card.
Navy Year Portsmouth, NH signature card, Activity Pass, July 1963.
U.S. Navy dog tags.
Freemason Identification Bracelet.
f.5 Awards: One Year No-Accident Driver Award, National Safety Council Inc., October 27, 1943.
Certificate and letter awarding ten dollars for suggestion of “portable ramp for loading platform,” U.S. Naval Hospital Portsmouth, NH, September 16, 1953.
Certificate and letter for eleven years of safe driving, U.S. Naval Hospital Portsmouth, NH, April 11, 1954.
Pin for eleven years of safe driving.
Certificate for “accumulating 1,000 hours of sick leave,” U.S. Naval Hospital Portsmouth, NH, July 28, 1960.
Reviews: shop efficiency rating, U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, N.H., March 31, 1946.
Performance rating, U.S. Naval Hospital Portsmouth, NH, March 31, 1951.
Reports: “Answer to Charges,” Clayton Sinclair, January 30, 1953.
“Request for leave,” Clayton Sinclair, April 10, 1944.
“Disturbance at Main Gate,” U.S. Naval Hospital Portsmouth, NH, September 1, 1943.
“Report of Leave Due,” U.S. Naval Hospital Portsmouth, NH, June 2, 1944.
“Return from Furlough,” U.S. Naval Hospital Portsmouth, NH, June 19, 1945.
“Furlough without pay,” U.S. Naval Hospital Portsmouth, NH, March 28, 1957.

C. Organizations

f.6 Freemasons: Roster of Massachusetts Freemasons, 1949 and 1951.
Poem, “The Work of a True and Loyal Mason.”
Newspaper article “Boston Negro Masons Gain Recognition,” April 5, 1947.
f.7 Freemasons: Negro Masonry in the United States, Harold Van Buren Voorhis, 1945.
f.8 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): account book October 1957-January 1963.
Program for NAACP sponsored event “Fashions for Freedom,” February 10, 1961.
f.9 Octagon Club: membership and account book 1944-1955.
f.10 Portsmouth Naval Base celebrations: envelope from U.S.S. Haddock ship launch, October 20, 1941.
Envelope from U.S.S. Shad keel laying, October 24, 1941.
Bicentennial program, July 1976.
Wall Decoration Commemoration of ships launched at Portsmouth Naval Yard, n.d.
f.11 Portsmouth Naval Base: Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, May 16, 1966.
Equal Employment Opportunity Program “Plan of Action,” December 6, 1966.
Committee on Equal Opportunity appointment, March 2, 1967.
Committee on Equal Opportunity meeting minutes, March 2, 1967.
Committee on Equal Opportunity meeting minutes, March 12, 1967.
Equal Opportunity Affirmative Plan of Act, March 22, 1966.
Portsmouth Naval Base: chapter twelve “The Medical Element from U.S. Navy Passive Defense Manual,” U.S. Naval Hospital Portsmouth, NH, May 28, 1958.
Passive Defense Unit 1.1.1, Ambulance Team, U.S. Naval Base Portsmouth, NH.

D. Newspapers

f.12 “Shop 21 Starts Off New Year With Party at Port City USO,” The Portsmouth Periscope, January 1945.
“Kenyan Student Special Guest at Church Reception,” October 13, 1961.
“A Jack of All Trades,” Naval Shipyard Periscope, August 9, 1963.
“Clayton Sinclair Former Movie Actor, Chauffeur,” Naval Shipyard Periscope, February 23, 1968.
“SCORR Collecting for Poor People,” Portsmouth Herald, May 24, 1968.
“Clayton Sinclair, Sr.,” York County Coast Star, February 1, 1978.
“York County Men Accepted for Armed Services,” n.d.
“Four Naval Hospital Employees Receive Benny Sugg Awards,” n.d.
“Probate Transaction Listed,” n.d.
“Clayton Sinclair,” n.d.
“Clayton Sinclair, Sr.,” n.d.
“Sinclair, Sr.,” n.d.

E. Other

f.13 Funeral guestbook, January 28, 1978; poem read at funeral, “Should You Go First,” Albert Rowswell.

BOX 8
f.1 “Strength for Service, to God and Country: Daily Devotional Messages for Those in the Service.”
f.2 Book: Alcoholics Anonymous.
f.3 Map of east coast truck lines.
ALA map of Quebec, Northeastern Maine and Maritime Provinces.
The Negro Motorist Green Book, 1949 edition.
Advertisement for book “Around the World in 1,000 Pictures.”

IV. Family and Friends

A. Clayton Sinclair, Jr.

BOX 8
f.4 Correspondence: From Clayton Sinclair, Jr. to The Portsmouth Herald; Clayton Sinclair, Sr.; photocopies of five thank-you letters written by Clayton Sinclair Jr. after father’s death, February 1978.
To Clayton from Kelvin and Royaline Edwards; Wofford G. Gardner; Henry A. Ryan; George D. Varney.
f.5 Personal Files: Candlelight Service Program for 1951 Traip Academy Graduating Class, June 3, 1951.
Robert W. Traip Academy Graduation Program, June 7, 1951.
University of Maine Bulletin “Opening of the University,” September 1953.
Tau Epsilon Phi initiation certificate, November 15, 1953.
University of Maine Report cards Fall 1953, 1954.
University of Maine Baccalaureate Program, June 12, 1955.
University of Maine Commencement ticket June 12, 1955.
University of Maine Commencement Program, June 12, 1955.
Announcement of the opening of Clayton Sinclair, Jr.”s law office, 1965.
Introduction Statement for the Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, September 29, 1991; draft of Louis W. Sullivan”s speech “Reclaiming Men for Ministry,” September 24, 1991; letterhead, n.d.
f.6 Organizations: Bethel United Methodist Church: 120th Anniversary Program, February 19, 1989; Men”s Day Commemorative Journal, September 23, 1990.
f.7 Organizations: Howard University: Howard University Magazine, November 1960 and January 1961; Howard University Calendar, 1961.
f.8 Organizations: Tau Epsilon Phi: Tau Zetans Tales, May 28, 1954; The Plume, Fall 1954, Winter 1957, Summer 1957, Fall 1960.
f.9 Organizations:University of Maine: “President”s Answer,” n.d.
f.10 Newsclippings:
“Traip Academy Awards Diplomas to 50 Seniors,” Portsmouth Herald, June 8, 1951.
“Dr. White Urges Brotherhood to be Year-Round Proposition in Talk at University of Maine Assembly,” February 17, 1953.
“During National Brotherhood Week”¦,” Boston Sunday Herald, March 15, 1953.
“Annual Good Will Chest Drive Opens on State University Campus Monday” 1953.
“Trust Company Receives Award,” Atlanta Constitution, November 8, 1973.
“Black Attorney Wins $350,000 for Client,” The Atlanta Voice, February 2, 1974.
“The Most Glamorous Jobs: The Grass Always Looks Greener In Another Career, But People In Those Jobs Say It”s Not Always So,” Atlanta Journal and Constitution, January 8, 1977.
“Traip Seniors to Give Play,” n.d.
“Traip Holds Baccalaureate Services,” n.d.
“To Study Law,” n.d.
“New Lawyer,” n.d.

B. Sinclair, Clayton III

f.11 Correspondence to Clayton Sinclair III from: Imelda Pradia.
f.12 Personal files:
“Northside Lines” newsletter, January-February, 1988.
“Society of Distinguished American High School Students” certificate, 1988.
Northside High School baccalaureate program, June 5, 1988.
Northside High School commencement invitation, June 11, 1988.
Northside High School commencement program, June 11, 1988.
Howard University report cards, Fall 1988-Fall 1990..
Howard University commencement invitation, May 9, 1992..
Howard University commencement program, May 9, 1992..
Clayton Sinclair”s wedding invitation, July 13, 1994.
f.13 Newsclippings:
“3,650 Students Take in Close to $100,000 hitting the Streets for Empty Stocking Fund,” Atlanta Constitution, December 8, 1986.
The Tiger”s Eye, June 1988..
“Thirteen Atlanta Students are Winners in Achievement, Scholarship Program,” n.d.

C. Sinclair, Jean

f.14 Southern Education Foundation brochure; Annual Report, 1979-1980.
Newsclipping: “Dream Job: Jean Sinclair Made the Transition to TV Co-Host With Little Trouble,” n.d.

D. Friends

f.15 Calling cards: Pinice Ratliff, Staples, Minnie Shirley Wiggins.
Newsclippings: “Osford G. Bernard Given Natal Party in Hollywood,” February 29, 1944.
Naval Base Chapel Scene of Wedding,” May 10, 1946.
“Bertrice Tilley, Charles Hart Married Here,” n.d.
“Bowles-Williams,” n.d.
“Latest Group of Combat Navigators from Hondo Field,” n.d.
“Miss Jones to Wed,” n.d.; “Pennman, Tom Conway”¦,” n.d
“WAC Dorris Moore Promoted in France,” n.d.
“Wallace P. Reed Promoted to Captain,” n.d.
“Willis Bardwell Remembers “em all: Talks of long-time stint at York”s Reading Room,” n.d.

V. Subject Files

A. Adult Education

f.16 Robertson, M.S. Adult Reader. Steck-Vaughn Co. (Austin, TX, 1964).
f.17 Smith, Harley A.. How to Read Better [Book one]. Steck-Vaughn Co. (Austin, TX, 1964).
f.18 Steps to Learning.

B. African American History: Printed Materials

f.19 Newspaper articles: “As De Lawd Looks Back at his People, Richard B. Harrison of “The Green Pastures” Speaks for his Race,” Boston Daily Transcript, February 9, 1931.
“11-G City Post Awarded Glover,” Amsterdam News, October 26, 1957.
f.20 Newspaper articles: “Six days of “Atlanta”s Black Society,” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, December 8- 13, 1979 [day two article is on Clayton Sinclair, Jr.].
“Black Eagle” Back Aggrieved,” n.d.
“Large Turnout, King Commemorated at Pease AFB Service,” n.d.
“Temple”s Gift to the Sprinting World,” n.d.
“Black Eye for the Legion and for Americanism, Too,” September 2, 1959.

BOX 9
f.1 Comic Book: “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story,” The Fellowship of Reconciliation.
f.2 Magazine: Time, August 22, 1983.
f.3 Magazine: “Atlanta: Capital of Black-is-Bountiful,” The New York Times Magazine, April 7, 1974.
f.4 Book: Women of Courage: An Exhibition of Photographs by Judith Sedwick, based on the Black Women Oral History Project. Inscribed: “Dear Aunt Hazel, Thank you for sharing your stories with me…Love, Valerie [Cunningham].”; “The First Blacks of Portsmouth” Historical New Hampshire, Vol. 44, no. 4, Winter 1989.Inscribed “Dear Aunt Hazel, I wanted you to be one of the first to see this – you’ve been waiting a long time to see something in print! Love, Valerie.”

C. Jewell Inn

f.5 Brochure; Jewell Inn Christmas card with picture of inn, signed by Samuda.

D. Film: Lost Boundaries

f.6 Script: scenes 45, 47 and 47A; photocopy of script.
f.7 Newspaper: “Lost Boundaries” Extras Sought in Local Area,” The Portsmouth Herald, February 8, 1949.
“Portsmouth Will “See Itself” in “Lost Boundaries” Premiere,” The Portsmouth Herald, June 20, 1949.
“Young “Find” in Local Film Here for World Premiere,” The Portsmouth Herald, June 21, 1949.
“The Open Door,” The Portsmouth Herald, June 24, 1949.
“The Big Premier of “Lost Boundaries”,” Kittery Press, June 24, 1949.
“Movie Reunion,” July 24, 1989.
“Epic Race Pic Bares “Passing”,” n.d.
“Lost Boundaries,” 40th Anniversary Reunited Cast & Crew of Local Movie,” n.d.
“Classic Race Film Crew Reunites,” n.d.
“Forty Years Later, “Lost Boundaries” not Forgotten,” n.d.
“Lost Boundaries” Cast Holds Reunion,” n.d.
“[page torn] See “Lost Boundaries” Here.”
[page torn] “Center to Get $3,000,” n.d.
“Lost Boundaries” advertisement, n.d.

VI. Miscellaneous

BOX 9
f.8 Programs: Academy of St. Joseph, South Berwick, Maine Commencement program, June 5, 1966; York High School, York, Maine Commencement program, June 6, 1985; Pease Air Force Base Fashion Extravaganza program, March 6, 1980; 18th Annual Military School Band Festival program, Mark Clark Hall, The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, February 26, 1994.
f.9 Advertisement flyer: 7th Annual Dance and Reception, Music by Milton Lewis and his Rhythmic Serenaders, “Boston’s Most Famous Orchestra,” Ogunquit Casino, July 4, 1940.
f.10 Writing by Roland Ballard, November 22, 1940.
f.11 Mrs. Sofia Scott’s American National Red Cross membership card, 1942; “Pinice Ratliff” calling card.
f.12 Bracelet made from Ernestine King Pinkham’s dog tag.

VII. Photographs

Slides
f.13 Rock Rest and surrounding land.
f.14 Interior of Rock Rest.
f.15 Wedding at Pearl St. Church and Howard University, 1960.
f.16 People outside Rock Rest.
f.17 Travel.
f.18 Parade, August 1973 and 1977.
f.19 Dr. Martin Luther King in Portsmouth, undated.
f.20 Atlanta, 1973-1975.
f.21 Unidentified people .
f.22 Unindentified.

BOX 10
Prints
f.1 Rock Rest.
f.2 Rock Rest.
f.3 Rock Rest.
f.4 Rock Rest.
f.5 People at Rock Rest.
f.6 People at Rock Rest.
f.7 People at Rock Rest.
f.8 Pets at Rock Rest.
f.9 Hazel Sinclair and friends.
f.10 Hazel Sinclair and friends.
f.11 Hazel Sinclair’s birthday party, undated.
f.12 Hazel Sinclair’s 86th. birthday party.
f.13 From Hazel Sinclair’s scrapbook.
f.14 Clayton Sinclair, Sr.
f.15 Clayton Sinclair, Sr.
f.16 Clayton Sinclair, Jr.
f.17 Clayton Sinclair, Jr.’s graduation from U. Maine, 1955.
f.18 Clayton Sinclair III.
f.19 Family friends: Emily Jean Ballard and Linda Maxine Bennett.
f.20 Family friends: Benson Family.
f.21 Family friends: Booker Family.
f.22 Family friends: Anne and Wilbur Bright, c. 1955
f.23 Family friends: Clarence & Augusta Cunningham’s 50th wedding anniversary.
f.24 Family friends: Valerie Cunningham, Kirby and Bradley Randolph.
f.25 Family friends: John and Louie Downey; Alyssa Edwards.
f.26 Family friends: Judy Faust Harris and Kara Harris.
f.27 Family friends: Leon and “Billie” Johnson; Marshall Franklin; Franllin photo Christmas card; Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Moore; Madison family.
f.28 Family friends: Motin Family; Robert L. Murphy; Pam Ramsay; Esther & Bernice Ratliff.
f.29 Family friends: Albert Samuda; Carlotte Satchell; Hilton Ray Willoughby, 1963.
f.30 Unidentified people at picnic.
f.31 Unidentified people at beach.
f.32 Unidentified people.
f.33 Unidentified people.
f.34 Unidentified people.
f.35 Pearl Street and Middle Street church functions.
f.36 Celebration, Stage Neck Inn, York, ME.
f.37 Trip west.
f.38 Other travel.
f.39 Other travel.
f.40 Other travel, miniature train.

VIII. Oversize

OVERSIZE BOX 1
f.1 University of Maine Yearbook, 1955.

3 Responses to “Rock Rest”

  1. Barbara Felton Says:

    I am SO impressed with this collection! The producers have done an awesome job. I was given Mrs. Sinclair’s “things” a few years ago and I was both awed and overwelmed at the same time. To see these “things”, having been separated and classified and boxed for browsing, is just so satisfying. I know Mrs. Sinclair IS SO pleased and amazed that she and her family has been so well thought of. I can only say THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of my heart! Barbara S. Felton

  2. Hetty Startup Says:

    This is a significant collection that UNH students in the Masters in History, Museum Studies certificate program will be using after we make a special visit with Valerie Cunningham to Rock Rest next week. Thank you very much for helping make these records available to the class and to the community.

  3. Sandra Lutts Says:

    I was delighted to see that there is a collection of the Sinclair’s papers and photos at UNH! Please also let it be noted that Hazel Sinclair was a very active member of the League of Women Voters and I can remember spending many childhood afternoons while she and the other members met and planned. She and my mother, Cassie Lutts, were good friends.! Thank you for bringing back some very pleasant memories.

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