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Mark Twain Correspondence and Ephemera Collection

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Arrangement: This collection contains correspondence, photographs, documents, articles, and a memory game featuring Mark Twain.  Samuel L. Clemens’ original correspondence and the collection’s newspaper articles are arranged chronologically.  The remainder of the collection is arranged by item.

Subjects: Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910, Twain, Mark, 1835-1910

Forms of Material: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Mark Twain Correspondence and Ephemera Collection contains original correspondence from Samuel Langhorne Clemens.  The letters and postcards consist mostly of thank you letters and correspondence concerning travel accommodations for a trip to Europe.  The collection includes original photographs and postcards of Mark Twain.  The collection also has numerous newspaper clippings and ephemeral booklets relating to Mark Twain.  In addition, a complete memory training game created by Mark Twain is a featured item.  The Mark Twain Correspondence and Ephemera Collection is associated with the SHSU Special Collection’s Mark Twain rare book collection which includes approximately 500 volumes.

Collection Historical Note

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) was born November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri to John and Jane Clemens.  The Clemens family moved to Hannibal, Missouri near the Mississippi River when Samuel was 4 years old.  His father died in 1847 leaving the Clemens family financially unstable for years to come.  After completing the fifth grade, Samuel left school to work as a printer’s apprentice for a local newspaper.  By the age of 18, Samuel Langhorne Clemens had traveled to New York and Philadelphia writing articles for several newspapers.  He worked as a riverboat pilot beginning in 1857 and spent several years traveling the Mississippi River.  Later, Clemens was in the Confederate army for a short time and then moved to Nevada where he began writing under the pen name Mark Twain.  He toured Europe by steamboat and his collection of travel letters was later reworked into his first popular book, The Innocents Abroad, released in 1869.  Samuel Clemens married Olivia (Livy) Langdon in 1870 and the couple had three daughters.  Clemens wrote most of his popular works from his family home in Hartford, Connecticut.  These works included: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  The Clemens family moved to live in Europe in 1891.  Samuel later lost two daughters and his wife before his death on April 21, 1910.  Mark Twain was one of America’s premier writers and his works have reached worldwide recognition for their humor and historical significance.

Subject/Index Terms

Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910

Administrative Information

Repository: SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

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The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

Please contact the Newton Gresham Library's Special Collections and University Archives department to request permissions to reproduce materials for any other purpose, or to obtain information regarding the copyright status of a particular digital image, text, audio or video recording.

Preferred Citation: Mark Twain Correspondence and Ephemera Collection. Thomason Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.


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Folder 1: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, 1874 January 9Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter from S.L. Clemens
Folder 2: Envelope, Circa 1878, 1879Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Addressed to W.K. Carson & Co., Baltimore
Folder 3: Postcard signed by Samuel L. Clemens, 1880 December 13Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Correspondence to Mr. Edwards concerning the shipping of books
Folder 4: Envelope, 1880 December 6Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Printed return to S.L. Clemens.  Addressed to Mr. Edwards, Special Inspector, Custom House, Detroit
Folder 5: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, 1885 March 2Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter from S.L. Clemens that includes the envelope.  Addressed to Charles Casey, Ireland
Folder 6: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, March 15Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter from S.L. Clemens that includes the envelope.  Addressed to Sal Smith Russell
Folder 7: Envelope, 1886 JulyAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Printed return to S.L. Clemens.  Addressed to Karl Gerhardt
Folder 8: Envelope, 1882 OctoberAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Printed return to S.L. Clemens
Folder 9: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, July 5Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Correspondence from S. L. Clemens concerning "a change of plans"
Folder 10: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, 1886 November 16Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Written by S.L. Clemens.  Thank you letter to The Clover Club
Folder 11: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, 1889 April 10Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Written by S.L. Clemens.  Letter to The Clover Club
Folder 12: Postcard Invitation from S.L. Clemens, 1897 March 30Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Addressed to Y. W. MacAlister
Folder 13: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, 1899 May 24Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter from S.L. Clemens refusing accommodation in London
Folder 14: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, 1899 June 7Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter from S.L. Clemens that includes the envelope.  Letter to Mrs. Elizabeth Fairchild concerning his visit to London
Folder 15: Postcard from S.L. Clemens, 1900 March 21Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Addressed to Mr. MacAlister concerning book content
Folder 16: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, 1901 March 3Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter from S.L. Clemens that includes the envelope.  Letter Mrs. Saunders concerning the creation of a scholarship in the name of Susie
Folder 17: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, 1901 April 8Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Written by S.L. Clemens.  Letter addressed to Miss Marbury concerning a signed contract
Folder 18: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, 1902 November 14Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter from S.L. Clemens that includes the envelope.  Letter to Mrs. Elizabeth Fairchild concerning Mrs. Clemens
Folder 19: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, 1903 March 27Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter from S.L. Clemens that includes the envelope.  Thank you letter to Edmund C. Stedman
Folder 20: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, 1903 July 21Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Written by S.L. Clemens.  Letter to Mr. Daulton inviting he and his wife to visit
Folder 21: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, April 18Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Letter to George W. Perrigo
Folder 22: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, September 23Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Written by S.L. Clemens.  Thank you letter to Col. Fairchild
Folder 23: Samuel L. Clemens Correspondence, October 1Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Written by S.L. Clemens.  Letter from S. L. Clemens concerning his works being published in America and England
Folder 24: North Central Wagon Company Document, 1909 October 7Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Ripped document with S. L. Clemens inscription
Folder 25: The Letters of Western Authors No. 9 Mark Twain, 1935 SeptemberAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
A letter of Mark Twain done in facsimile.  Published by The Book Club of California.
Folder 26: Release of Mortgage, 1891 June 20Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Samuel L. Clemens to J. Langdon and Company Inc.  State of Illinois
Folder 27: Mark Twain Portrait, 1899 NovemberAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Picture of Mark Twain from "The Century Magazine" Vol. LIX, No.1
Folder 28: Mark Twain Portrait, 1873Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Double portrait of Mark Twain.  Autographed.  Photographed and published by Gurney
Folder 29: Mark Twain Portrait, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Portrait of Mark Twain.  Newsboy, New York
Folder 30: Mark Twain Postcard, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Postcard autographed by Mark Twain
Folder 31: Mark Twain Portrait, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Portrait of Mark Twain.
Folder 32: Chas. L. Whelpley Business Cards, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Two business cards.  Cruise of 1883 "Innocents Abroad," Washington D.C.
Folder 33: Life of Mark Twain miniature biography booklet, circa 1887Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Miniature booklet that came packed Duke's Cigarettes
Folder 34: Harper's New Monthly Magazine Contents Page, 1866-1867Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Contents page listing Mark Twain's name erroneously as Mark Swain
Folder 35: Boyhood Home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens dedication program, 1912 May 15Add to your cart.
Souvenir of Exercises Dedicating to the public The Boyhood Home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Hannibal, Missouri
Folder 36: Playbill "Mark Twain Tonight", 1966Add to your cart.
Playbill magazine Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain
Folder 37: The Mark Twain Calendar, 1927Add to your cart.
Calendar with weekly quotes from Mark Twain
Folder 38: S.L. Clemens Scrap-Book Patent, 1873 May 7Add to your cart.
United States Patent Office, Improvement in Scrap-Books.
Folder 39: Mark Twain's Memory-Builder, 1891Add to your cart.
A game for acquiring and retaining all sorts of facts and dates.  Complete game set.  Includes game board, pins, and instruction manual.
Folder 40: Articles concerning Mark Twain, 1930-2002; undatedAdd to your cart.
Newspaper and magazine articles concerning Mark Twain
Folder 41: Mark Twain Commemorative Materials, 1985; undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes commemorative Mark Twain stamp, envelope, and bookmark.
Folder 42: Mark Twain Calendar, 1910Add to your cart.
Small calendar featuring pictures and illustrations of Mark Twain and characters from his writings

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