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   Samuel Clemens Papers, 1900-1968

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Samuel Clemens Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4078617 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Title:Samuel Clemens Papers, 1900-1968
Physical description:1 linear ft (73 items in 2 boxes; 1 volume; 1 oversize folder).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located on-site.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 4 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 32 letters written by Samuel L. Clemens to Mary Benjamin Rogers (Mrs. H.H.), his niece by marriage, and four letters written to Clemens and forwarded by him to Mrs. Rogers with comments. The letters are very personal in tone, full of Clemens' well-known wit, and revealing of his personal characteristics. There are a few clippings, cartoons, and one photograph. Also, a collection of 18 letters written by Clemens to Dorothy Sturgis, 1908-1909, relating to the "Angel-Fish Aquarium." There is also one typescript of the Constitution of the Club, "The Aquarium, Issued by the Admiral;" and a photograph album of the Mark Twain Dinner, 1905.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II: Cataloged Manuscripts

Series III: Books

Series IV: Oversize

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Samuel Clemens Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 05/04/1989 Christina Hilton Fenn

18 letters to D. Sturgis Cataloged 1966

Photo album Added to collection 1977

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-01-21 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Albums.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cartoons.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Constitutions.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photoprints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Authors, American.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Harvey, George Brinton McClellan, 1864-1928.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rogers, Mary Benjamin.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sturgis, Dorothy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Clemens -- Mark Twain -- was born in Florida, Missouri in 1835 and was raised in Hannibal on the Mississippi River. In 1856 he apprenticed himself to become a riverboat pilot and spent the next five years navigating the Mississippi. In 1862 he began work as a feature writer for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise and began to sign his work Mark Twain. The report of his journey to Europe Innocents Abroad 1969 became his first best-seller. In 1876 he published The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and in 1894 he published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Some modern readers are offended by the language Twain's books. His realistic prose style influenced numerous American writers. Twain was liberal on racial and social issues. One of the themes of Huckleberry Finn is equality for people of all races. Towards the end of his life Clemens was troubled by bad investments the loss of loved ones and depression. He died on 21 April 1910 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetry Elmira New York

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