Sinclair Family Papers, 1940-2014

Collection number: MC 216
Size: 16 boxes (6 cu.ft.)

About Sinclair Famliy

Clayton Sinclair was born in Wardsboro, North Carolina on Christmas Eve in 1906. As a young man, he moved to New York where he worked as a chauffeur for a white family that summered in Maine. There he met Hazel Colbert, a Baltimore native five years his senior, who was earning her living as a ladies maid for a white family that summered in York. They fell in love with the Seacoast and each other and decided to stay. The couple married in 1936, and two years later bought a small house on Route 103 in Kittery Point, Maine.

Clayton was employed by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard until he retired in 1967. Hazel used her culinary skills as a caterer. Both were active members of the community. Clayton was a deacon at the People’s Baptist Church and Hazel sang in the choir. She joined the League of Women Voters. He served on the Kittery Appeals Board. Together they helped found the Portsmouth branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Although Maine did not have ‘Jim Crow’ laws on the books, de facto segregation existed. African American tourists were routinely refused lodging, meals, even gas station fill-ups, simply because of their skin color. At some point before the end of World War II, the Sinclairs began taking in guest lodgers as an answer for the lack of resorts in New England for African Americans. In 1946, they formally opened their home as a summer guest house called Rock Rest. The Sinclairs did not advertise, operating instead through personal connections and by word of mouth – which is why Rock Rest does not appear in the 1949 edition of The Negro Motorist Green Book (see Box 8 f.3).

As business grew, Clayton expanded Rock Rest, adding a second story, a front porch and eventually replaced the old garage with a freestanding building that had guest rooms on the second floor with space below for two cars and a nearby shed for a recreation room. The property accommodated 16 guests at its height, and housed as many as 50 parties during the summer season in the 1950s.

After the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, former guests of the inn began staying at white resorts that previously would not accommodate them. This lead to a decline in business for Rock Rest, and it eventually closed in 1976. The Sinclairs continued to live in the house and would accommodate the occasional guest for the next two years until Clayton’s death in 1978. After Hazel’s death in 1995, she bequeathed the property to her stepson, Clayton Jr., who lived in Georgia and rented the place — fully furnished and pretty much exactly as it had been during the Rock Rest years.

When Clayton Jr. decided to sell Rock Rest, local historians came together to save the house. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. Today the house is part of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and is opened once a year for visitors. Items from Rock Rest can also be seen in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

About the Sinclair Family Papers

The collection consists of a small amount of material directly related to Rock Rest as an inn for African Americans. The bulk of the collection is made up of correspondence and personal belongings and ephemera collected by the Sinclairs, their families and friends. Names marked with asterisks (*) indicate guests at Rock Rest.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder number], [Box number], Sinclair Family Papers, 1940-2014, MC 216, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation: Valerie Cunningham, Portsmouth, NH, 2008 (Accession number: 2008.03, 2009.05)

Collection Contents

Series 1: Rock Rest

(1 Box)

Subseries A: Guest Books

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

Subseries B: Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence to Rock Rest, 1951-1952: Eva Archer; Louise Abrams; Edna M. Brooks; Bernice L. Carn; Geraldine & Rufus Cox; Pearl & Ed Guy; Clarence A. Holmes

Subseries C: Finances

Box 1, Folder 6Accounts and expenses, 1946-1977
Box 1, Folder 7Accounts, 1957-1976
Box 1, Folder 8State, county and town taxes on Rock Rest (with gaps), 1940-1973
Box 1, Folder 9Invoice for new floors and partition for Rock Rest 1939; invoice for bathroom install at Rock Rest 1940; invoice 1945; invoice for two chairs 1952
Box 1, Folder 10Building permit for two porches at Rock Rest 1946; Department of Health and Welfare Water Analysis Report, 1968
Box 1, Folder 11Property appraisal, May 10, 1985

Subseries D: Printed Materials

Box 1, Folder 12Rock Rest business cards, stationery, letterhead, and postcards, one b&w, one color
Box 1, Folder 13Newspaper articles: "Historic Home Listed as an Endangered Resource," Foster's Daily Democrat, August 1, 2008; "Rock Rest lodging for black help," n.d.
Box 1, Folder 14Pencil sketch of Rock Rest
Box 1, Folder 15Paper: "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

Series 2: Hazel Sinclair Materials

(5 Boxes)

Subseries A: Correspondence

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1From Hazel Sinclair to "Aunt," September 27, 1986; to "Christian Church Family," n.d.; to Clayton Sinclair, n.d.; to Clayton Sinclair, Jr., October 26, 1951; to United Baptist Convention, n.d. (letter of resignation as treasurer of People’s Baptist Church); envelope with return address
Box 2, Folder 2From Clayton Sinclair, Jr. (11 letters, 1952-1967 and undated)
Box 2, Folder 3From Clayton Sinclair, III (11 letters, 1983-1994 and undated)
Box 2, Folder 4From Jean Sinclair (13 letters 1966-1995)
Box 2, Folder 5From Louise Abrams*; Gray Alvord; Linda Arman; Fairy Armstrong; Levin Armwood, 1928-1980
Box 2, Folder 6From Gertrude Batchelder; Ruth Benson*; Peg Bertolini; Rose Bettain; Harold Blaxter; Carolyn Blouin, Teddie and Angela Booker, 1975-1987
Box 2, Folder 7From Anne Bright; Ken and Mary Brown; Lorraine Brown; Marie Brown; Quincy Bryant; Mary Ann Burn, 1951-1978
Box 2, Folder 8From Harold & Gracia Campbell; Bernice Carn*; Kennie & Winnie Caswell; Marion Whiting Chassier; Edward Crocker; Nita Crawford; Augusta & Clarence & Valerie Cunningham; Valerie Cunningham, 1978-1993
Box 2, Folder 9From Mary Decatur; Libby Delano; Thomas Dudley, 1978-1994
Box 2, Folder 10From Alysa Edwards; Mary & Wilber Edwards; Royaline Edwards; Royaline & Kelvin Edwards; Dora & Carroll Evans, 1978-1995
Box 2, Folder 11From Jane Faust; Jan & Tom Fawcett (18), 1975-1995
Box 2, Folder 12From Janet M. Fletcher; Ellen Forbes; Jack, Audrey, Mark, Scott & Kimberly Foster; Laurie Freeman; John Gainey; Mary Gardner*; Viki & [?] Gibbs; Ed & Pearl Guy, 1951-1995
Box 2, Folder 13From Ruth & Richard Hardin; Jean & Bob Harford; Richard B. Harrison; Ken Hayes; Gwendolyn M. Haynes; Johnalee Herbert, 1928-1993
Box 2, Folder 14From Helen & George Hogan*; Lula Holimon; Bessie Hopkins*; W.W. Howells; Margaret Hubbard; Rose Huntley; Isabel Hutchins; Louise Jackson; Stanley & Lillian Jarvis, 1958-1991
Box 2, Folder 15From Anne Johnson*; Diane Johnson; Ethel & Thelma [McNair] Johnson*; Tyris Jones, 1971-1989
Box 2, Folder 16Bernice ("Bonnie") Kidd; Kwanza; Myrtle [K], 1987-1994
Box 2, Folder 17 From Bob & Milly Lamson; Laverdure Family; Yusuf Lazor; Bertram "Bert" & Winnie Lee*; Evelyn Leighton; J.E Lowery; Cassie, Arthur & Pat Lutts, 1951-1994
Box 2, Folder 18From Dorris MacDonald; Alice Marden; Etta McAllester; Rev. J.R. McClements; Margaret & Don McIntosh; Ethel & Thelma McNair [Johnson]*; Gladys McNally; Linda Midgette, 1946-1987
Box 2, Folder 19From Olive Moore; Percy & Nellie Moore*, 1978-1987
Box 2, Folder 20From Evelyn New; Tamara New-O'Chei; Jeri Palmer; Lou Parker; Melvina "Vina" Parker, 1978-1995
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 From Lillian Pelchat; W.G. Poor; Chris & Miriam Portlock*; Marion Powell, 1978
Box 3, Folder 2From Rev. Wayne and Antoinette "Toni" Price, 1978-1989
Box 3, Folder 3From Rev. Wayne and Antoinette "Toni" Price, 1992-1994
Box 3, Folder 4From Louise Ramsdell; John & Arlene Randall; "Mattie" Randolph*; Valerie Randolph; Thomas & Roxie Ratliff; Barbara Reese; Dorothy Roark, 1968-1978
Box 3, Folder 5From Dolly Robarts; Ted & Mary Robbins; Margaret Rogers; Frances Ross; Judi Sama; Kirk Sampson; Albert Samuda, 1974-1995
Box 3, Folder 6From 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
Box 3, Folder 7From 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
Box 3, Folder 8From Stan & Shirley Teasdale; Oscar M. Thompson*; Margaret Tragard; Muriel Turk; John & Bonnie Vadala, 1952-1995
Box 3, Folder 9From Capt. Van Driel and the Rotterdam Crew; C.W. Vandenbergh; Mary Varrell; Betty Walton; James, Lillian & Isabel Washington; Mae Washington*; Eleanor Williams, 1951-1995
Box 3, Folder 10From Bobbie Wilson; V. Wilson; Hilda & Bindley Wiltshire; Ann Workman; Doris Yolter, 1978-1995
Box 3, Folder 11From 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
Box 3, Folder 12From correspondents: Carolyn; Carolyn and Paul; Charlotte and George; Cin and Peter; Deanie and Bernard; Edna and Lionel; Edward; Ed and Ann; Eleanor (Richardson) Wiliams and Geraldine (Cousins) Palmer; Elizabeth; Essielene
Box 3, Folder 13From 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
Box 3, Folder 14From 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
Box 3, Folder 15A sample of the many hundreds of sympathy, birthday, Christmas cards, etc. sent to Hazel

Subseries B: Personal Files

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 16Vital Documents, 1920-1991
  • 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 February 25, 1936 and notice of marriage to Clayton Sinclair on September 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
Box 3, Folder 17Speeches:
  • "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"
Box 3, Folder 18Journal of "Trip West 1952"; photocopy and transcription of same
Box 3, Folder 19Various address books
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1Copy of The New Testament
Box 4, Folder 2Hymnal
Box 4, Folder 3Prayers and devotions
Box 4, Folder 4Printed hymns: "Battle Hymn of the Republic"; "Lift Every Voice and Sing"; "Middle Street Baptist Song Shee"; “"Choose Ye"
Box 4, Folder 580th birthday guest book, April 15, 1982
Box 4, Folder 6Engagement Calendar, 1989
Box 4, Folder 7Notes re Hazel's health, family, etc., October 18, 1993-October 28, 1994

Subseries C: Organizations

Box 4, Folder 8Material 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., August 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, January 23, 1994
  • Invitation to the New Hampshire Convocation of Churches, May 4, 1962-May 6, 1962
  • Souvenir program of the 20th Anniversary Emmanuel Baptist church in Malden, MA, Sunday and Monday, May 15-16, 1966
Box 4, Folder 9Middle 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, 1956-November 25, 1956
  • Pictorial Church Directory, n.d.; Print of church (8×11), no. 33, signed R. Fleming, 1983
Box 4, Folder 10Middle 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
Box 5, Folder 1People'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, September 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."
Box 5, Folder 2People's Baptist Church: Treasury Book 1948-1952
Box 5, Folder 3People's Baptist Church: Treasury Book 1953-1958; photocopies of year 1953
Box 5, Folder 4People's Baptist Church: Bulletins 1951-1961, incomplete set
Box 5, Folder 5People's Baptist Church: Bulletins 1962, incomplete set
Box 5, Folder 6People's Baptist Church: Bulletins 1963, incomplete set
Box 5, Folder 7People's Baptist Church: Bulletins 1964-1965, incomplete set
Box 5, Folder 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," August 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," August 19, 1984
Box 5, Folder 9Women'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
Box 5, Folder 10Church Materials, 1962-1978
  • 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
Box 5, Folder 11Programs of service for other churches:
  • Bethany Congregational Christian Church, Rye, NH, January 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, November 18, 1956 and October 4, 1964
  • North Congregational Church, Portsmouth, NH, January 6, 1963 and May 2, 1965
  • Pease Air Force Base, NH, April 1, 1962
  • St. John's Church, Portsmouth, NH, October 14, 1962 and The Bulletin, February 1, 1963
  • Shiloh Baptist Church, Atlantic City, NJ, October 11, 1964
  • Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, West Palm Beach, FL, February 24, 1980
Box 5, Folder 12Material 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
Box 5, Folder 13Visiting Nurse Service of Southern Maine:
  • Holiday letter, November 27, 1992> and The Visitor, newsletters, November 1992 and October 1993
  • Thank you letter acknowledging $20 donation, August 8, 1994

Subseries D: Travel

Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1Travel 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
Box 6, Folder 2Lunch Menus: Grossinger's Sunday, October 8, 1978 and Saturday, October 17, 1978; Landis Valley Resort Inn
Box 6, Folder 3Holland 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
Box 6, Folder 4Holland 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
Box 6, Folder 5Holland America Cruises: SS Rotterdam: Daily Programs, Sunday November 16, 1980-November 20, 1980, incomplete
Box 6, Folder 6Holland American Cruises: SS Rotterdam: Menus, Sunday November 9, 1980 to Wednesday November 19, 1980, incomplete
Box 6, Folder 7Holland America Cruises: SS Rotterdam: Event Programs, Tuesday November 11, 1980 and Sunday November 16, 1980
Box 6, Folder 8Holland America Cruises: SS Rotterdam: Port Brochures and Excursions, Fort-de-France, Martinique; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, Sint Maarten; Shore Excursions
Box 6, Folder 9Royal Caribbean Cruise Line: cruise brochures: 7, 8, 10, and 14-Day Cruises, August 1983-December 1984
Box 6, Folder 10Royal Caribbean Cruise Line: Song of America: Cruise ticket; passenger list; welcome guide
Box 6, Folder 11Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Song of America: Daily Cruise Compass, Monday October 17, 1983-October 22, 1983, incomplete
Box 6, Folder 12Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Song of America: event program, Tuesday, October 18, 1983 and port brochures: Bahamas; San Juan; St. Thomas
Box 6, Folder 13Furness Bermuda Line: Queen of Bermuda – church service program; menu cards, Sunday, November 18, 1962-November 25, 1962, incomplete
Box 6, Folder 14Cunard Line, Queen Elizabeth II: map of ship, passenger list
Box 6, Folder 15Postcards: Jamaica, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Montana
Box 6, Folder 16Postcards: New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Ontario, and South Dakota
Box 6, Folder 17Postcards: St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Wyoming, others

Subseries E: Newsclippings

Box 6, Folder 18"North Church Women's Guild has Reception," January 23, 1935
  • "Women's Guild Hold Musicale for Charity," December 12, 1935
  • "ittery 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
Box 6, Folder 19Three scrapbook pages 1939-1945; photocopies of same
Box 6, Folder 20Miscellaneous newspaper clippings

Subseries F: Miscellaneous

Box 6, Folder 21Miscellaneous
  • 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

Subseries G: Audio Interview - further information unknown.

Series 3: Clayton Sinclair

(2 Boxes)

Subseries A: Correspondence

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

Subseries B: Personal Files

Box 7, Folder 3Auto Materials
  • 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.
Box 7, Folder 4ID Cars and Licenses
  • 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
Box 7, Folder 5Awards
  • 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

Subseries C: Organizations

Box 7, Folder 6Freemasons:
  • 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
Box 7, Folder 7Freemasons: Negro Masonry in the United States, Harold Van Buren Voorhis, 1945
Box 7, Folder 8National 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
Box 7, Folder 9Octagon Club: membership and account book 1944-1955
Box 7, Folder 10Portsmouth 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.
Box 7, Folder 11Portsmouth 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

Subseries D: Newspapers

Box 7, Folder 12Clippings
  • "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.

Subseries E: Other

Box 7, Folder 13Funeral guestbook, January 28, 1978; poem read at funeral, "Should You Go First," Albert Rowswell
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1"Strength for Service, to God and Country: Daily Devotional Messages for Those in the Service"
Box 8, Folder 2Book: Alcoholics Anonymous
Box 8, Folder 3Maps
  • 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"

Series 4: Family and Friends

(1 Box)

Subseries A: Clayton Sinclair, Jr.

Box 8, Folder 4Correspondence:
  • 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
Box 8, Folder 5Personal 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.
  • Obituary
Box 8, Folder 6Organizations: Bethel United Methodist Church: 120th Anniversary Program, February 19, 1989; Men's Day Commemorative Journal, September 23, 1990
Box 8, Folder 7Organizations: Howard University: Howard University Magazine, November 1960 and January 1961; Howard University Calendar, 1961
Box 8, Folder 8Organizations: Tau Epsilon Phi: Tau Zetans Tales, May 28, 1954; The Plume, Fall 1954, Winter 1957, Summer 1957, Fall 1960
Box 8, Folder 9Organizations: University of Maine: "President's Answer," n.d.
Box 8, Folder 10Newsclippings:
  • "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.

Subseries B: Clayton Sinclair III

Box 8, Folder 11Correspondence to Clayton Sinclair III from: Imelda Pradia
Box 8, Folder 12Personal 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 1988to Fall 1990
  • Howard University commencement invitation, May 9, 1992
  • Howard University commencement program, May 9, 1992
  • Clayton Sinclair's wedding invitation, July 13, 1994
Box 8, Folder 13Newsclippings:
  • "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.

Subseries C: Jean Sinclair (wife of Clayton Sinclair II)

Box 8, Folder 14Misc.
  • 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.
  • Obituary

Subseries D: Friends

Box 8, Folder 15Misc. Papers
  • 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.

Series 5: Subject Files

(2 Boxes)

Subseries A: Adult Education

Box 8, Folder 16Robertson, M.S. Adult Reader. Steck-Vaughn Co. (Austin, TX, 1946).
Box 8, Folder 17Smith, Harley A. How to Read Better [Book one]. Steck-Vaughn Co. (Austin, TX, 1946).
Box 8, Folder 18Steps to Learning

Subseries B: African American History (Printed Materials)

Box 8, Folder 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

Box 8, Folder 20Newspaper articles:
  • "Six days of Atlanta's Black Society," The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, December 8, 1979-December 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
Box 9, Folder 1Comic Book: "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story," The Fellowship of Reconciliation
Box 9, Folder 2Magazine: Time, August 22, 1983
Box 9, Folder 3Magazine: "Atlanta: Capital of Black-is-Bountiful," The New York Times Magazine, April 7, 1974
Box 9, Folder 4Books:
  • 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"

Subseries C: Jewell Inn

Box 9, Folder 5Brochure; Jewell Inn Christmas card with picture of inn, signed by Samuda

Subseries D: Lost Boundaries (Film)

Box 9, Folder 6Script: scenes 45, 47 and 47A; photocopy of script
Box 9, Folder 7Newspapers:
  • ""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," June 24, 1949
  • "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.

Series 6: Miscellaneous

(1 Box)
Box 9, Folder 8Programs:
  • 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
Box 9, Folder 9Advertisement flyer: 7th Annual Dance and Reception, Music by Milton Lewis and his Rhythmic Serenaders, "Boston’s Most Famous Orchestra," Ogunquit Casino, July 4, 1940
Box 9, Folder 10Writing by Roland Ballard, November 22, 1940
Box 9, Folder 11Mrs. Sofia Scott’s American National Red Cross membership card, 1942; "Pinice Ratliff" calling card
Box 9, Folder 12Bracelet made from Ernestine King Pinkham’s dog tag
Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1Hazel Sinclair's handwritten recipes
Box 10, Folder 2Hazel Sinclair's handwritten recipes
Box 10, Folder 3Hazel Sinclair's Cook Book Boston Cooking School, 1910
Box 10, Folder 4Hazel Sinclair's Cook Book Modern Priscilla Cook Book, 1924
Box 10, Folder 5Hazel Sinclair's poem bookPoems Teachers Ask For, undated

Series 7: Photographs

(1 Box)

Subseries A: Slides

Box 11, Folder 1Rock Rest and surrounding land
Box 11, Folder 2Interior of Rock Rest
Box 11, Folder 3Wedding at Pearl St. Church and Howard University, 1960
Box 11, Folder 4People outside Rock Rest
Box 11, Folder 5 Travel
Box 11, Folder 6Parade, August 1973 and 1977
Box 11, Folder 7Dr. Martin Luther King in Portsmouth, undated
Box 11, Folder 8Atlanta, 1973-1975
Box 11, Folder 9Unidentified people
Box 11, Folder 10Unindentified

Subseries B: Prints

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

Series 8: Black Heritage Trail

Box 13 & 14
Rock Rest preservation papers

These papers pertain to the Black Heritage Trail's efforts for the preservation of the Rock Rest property from 1999 to 2004. Included in these papers are preservation grant applications, property appraisals, correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles.

Series 9: Oversize

Oversize Box 1
  • Scrapbook containing photos of Clayton and Hazel's wedding, 1936 and photos of Clayton's family in Wadesboro, South Carolina, 1937.
  • Scrapbook containing newspaper articles regarding the Black experience, circa 1940.
  • University of Maine Yearbook, 1955
  • Photo portrait of C. Albert Samuda, 1943
Oversize Box 2
  • Plaque to Clayton Sinclair for organizing the Portsmouth Branch of NAACP, 1964.
  • Photo of Clayton Sincailr with U.S. Naval Training Class, 1944.
  • A Scrapbook commemorating Clayton and Hazel's 25th Wedding Anniversary.
  • Photo of Clayton Sinclair Jr with Traip Academy class in Wahington, DC, 1951.
  • Colored High School Diploma to Hazel Addie Bush for completeing 2 year course in dressmaking, 1920.
  • Cpoy of University of Maine Diploma to Clayton Sinclair Jr for Bachelor of Arts (Government), 1955.
  • Kodack camera.
  • Ceramic ashtray handpainted by Mildred Morano with the words: Rock Rest and Hazel and Clay.
  • Unidentified ribbon with a list of names typed on it.
Finding Aid Image TEMP
  • Image of Rock Rest houses