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Mark Twain Collection

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Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Twain, Mark, 1835-1910

Mark Twain is the nom de plume of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the American author and humorist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is famous for his stories with settings along the Mississippi River. His books include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Life On the Mississippi, and The Prince and the Pauper.

The collection consists of material by or about Mark Twain: correspondence, photographs, material relating to Twain's "1601," and ephemera. Correspondents include Olivia Clemens (his wife), Frank Bliss, Frank H. Ginn, Alexander Gunn, John Hay, Harold Loomis, Charles Orr, James Ripley Osgood, and Horace Russell.

Arranged by accession number.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

The photograph of Clemens at the House of Commons was a gift of Norman Armour, Princeton Class of 1909.

Material relating to "1601" was the gift of Frank H. Ginn. Various AM.

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 25, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2006
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Letter from Olivia L. Clemens (Mrs. Mark Twain) to Mrs. Curtis, letter of sympathy, 1897 April 23. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) to J.R. Osgood (publisher) stating that his contract with his publishers prevents him from furnishing material., 1872. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Photostat of Document to Judge Horace Russell concerning speech that he is to make; subject "Woman-God Bless Her!", 1882 December 12. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Material relating to "1601", 1880-1927. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters from J.V. Lyon refusing invitations to Twain to speak, 5 photographs of Mark Twain, Letter fragment, 2 Notes, 1879-1908. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) to Frank Bliss, 1907 January 6. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) to Charles D. Warner inserted in GA copy of "The Gilded Age" Sinclair Hamilton Coll. no. 897(2), 1872 July 11. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter on from O.L. Clemens (Mrs. Mark Twain) behalf of Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) to Philip Kaiser, 1897 November 7. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Portrait of Mark Twain, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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