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Clemens, S.L. mss., 1867-1944

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
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Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.

Clemens, S.L. mss., 1867-1944

Collection No.
LMC 2433

70 items

Materials are in English.

The Clemens, S.L. mss., 1867-1944, consist of correspondence and other materials of Samuel L. Clemens, better known as the author Mark Twain.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Clemens, 1835-1910, was an American author and humorist best known for his novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).


The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondents include: Norman Hapgood, George Brinton McCleelan Harvey, Merle Johnson, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Melville Elijah Stone, and Charles Henry Webb.

Writings and accompanying materials include manuscripts for "The Quaker city holy excursion, chapter 36 of The gilded age"; A Tramp Abroad, Sunrise on Mount Rigi, chapter 29; Following the equator, unpublished portion of chapter 51; a note and seven photographs of Clemens depicting "the progress of a moral purpose through the mind of the human race's Oldest Friend," Aug. 1906; two autograph signatures written in blottentot; and brief notes.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2011
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Clemens, S.L. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Staff.

Completed in 2013

Series: Box 1 I. Correspondence.

Some folders may include accompanying materials.

1882, Dec. 14.  Clemens, Samuel Langhorne to Woodford, Stewart Lyndon

1893, Aug. 5.  Clemens, Samuel Langhorne to Chatto & Windus

1897, Apr. 14.  Clemens, Samuel Langhorne to MacAlister, Mr.


1898, Aug. 30.  Clemens, Samuel Langhorne to Mr. Harper

1901, May 21.  Clemens, Samuel Langhorne to Robt. H. Ingersoll & Bro.

1907, Jul. 29.  Clemens, Samuel Langhorne to Mr. Parsons

1922, Dec. 15.  Paine, Albert to Johnson, Merle

1944, Oct. 4.  Shrimplin, W.B. to Indiana Historical Society

Undated.  Clemens, Samuel Langhorne. Fragment...of a comment on people...telling jokes

Undated.  Two autograph signatures, blottentot style, with photograph

Undated.  Clemens, Samuel Langhorne to Stedmund, Edmund Clarence

Series: No Box II. Writings.

A Tramp Abroad, by Mark Twain. Chapter 29: "Sunrise on Mount Rigi." 1880

Autograph Manuscript. (bound)

A Tramp Abroad, by Mark Twain. Chapter 29: "Sunrise on Mount Rigi."


The Gilded Age, by Mark Twain. Chapter 36. [1873] 

Holograph Manuscript.

The Gilded Age, by Mark Twain. Chapter 36.


"The Progress of a Moral Purpose." Autograph Note with Seven Photographs. 1906

"Following the Equator." Chapter 51 (unpublished portion). 1897

The Quaker City: Holy Land Excursion, an unfinished play by Mark Twain. 1867.  (Privately Printed: 1927.)