Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Mark Twain Collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Mark Twain Collection,
Creator: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Inclusive dates: 1869, 2004
Extent: 3 cubic foot (in 4 boxes, 3 Oversized folders)
Collection of materials written about Twain and his works, and related materials.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# many

Access Restrictions:

Mark Twain Collection is open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Mark Twain Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is by size [letter-size (Boxes 1-2), then legal-size (Box 3)], alphabetical and then chronological.



Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), an American author, humorist, narrator, and social observer. Twain is unsurpassed in American Literature.” (This information is from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition website, accessed in 2004.) Some of his best known books include Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. For further information on Twain, see the Biographical Information folder in the front of Box 1 of this collection or an encyclopedia.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of two types of materials. The first group of materials, which were collected by Dr. Norman E. Clarke, includes items that were either written or endorsed by Mark Twain, or written about Mark Twain and his works. This group of materials includes: two brief handwritten notes by Twain, undated, and his wife, Olivia, 1890; postcards; portraits (mostly reproductions); newspaper and magazine clippings (originals and copies); articles about Twain, his works, and house; advertising fliers for Twain books; a Mark Twain calendar, 1910; various items published by the Mark Twain Assn. of America and the Mark Twain Birthplace Memorial Shrine; play bills, 1881; artifacts, including: a Mark Twain bust, Mark Twain brand cigar box, a Mark Twain brand memory game, a Mark Twain brand Scrap Book, and a brick from his house]; periodicals; and other materials.

Originally, this material came to the Clarke with Dr. Clarke’s large collection of books by and about Mark Twain. The books have been separately cataloged and are also housed in the Clarke Historical Library.

The second type of materials in the collection are various lists generated by the Dr. Norman E. Clarke and the Clarke Historical Library staff about Dr. Clarke’s Twain collection. These latter items, which are identified by an * [asterisk] preceding the folder description in the Box and Folder Listing, were compiled in order to produce the book entitled, the Norman E. Clarke Mark Twain collection: an exhibition for collectors, which was published by the Clarke in 1971. A copy of this is available at the Clark and Park libraries. These materials are typed and/or handwritten, and include galley proofs of the publication.

Subject Terms

    • Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
    • Twain, Mark, 1835-1910--Caricatures and cartoons.
    • Twain, Mark, 1835-1910--Correspondence.
    • Clemens, Olivia Langdon, 1845-1904--Correspondence.
    • Authors, American--19th century--Correspondence.
    • Humorists, American--19th century--Correspondence.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Mark Twain Collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Information (from Columbia Encyclopedia website), 2004
    Box   1 F   2
    Advertising Flier for Mark Twain, a Lecture, by William Webster Ellsworth, and other Lectures, undated [after 1934]
    Box   1 F   3
    Advertising Fliers (2) for the Complete Works of Mark Twain, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Article(s) About Mark Twain, Enduring humorist, in MD, December 1960
    Box   1 F   5
    Article(s) About Mark Twain, Frear, Walter F. Mark Twain and Hawaii, (2 copies), undated [after 1943]
    Box   1 F   6
    Article(s) About Mark Twain, Frear, J.B. (An) Open letter to Mark Twain, in Packard’s Monthly, April 1869
    Box   1 F   7
    Article(s) About Mark Twain, Thompson, Paul. (A) Day with Mark Twain, 1909
    Box   1 F   8
    Article(s) About Mark Twain, Willard, Cyrus Field. Creator of Huckleberry Finn…Mark Twain, river pilot-writer-Mason, in Masonic World, November 1943
    Box   1 F   9
    Article(s) About Mark Twain, Willson, Frank C. That “Gilded Age” again: an attempt to unmuddle the mystery of the fifty-seven variants, in Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 1943
    Box   1 F   10
    *Article on Twain Collection at Clarke (Galley Proofs, Draft), 1[1971]
    Box   1 F   11
    Book Jackets, (The) Jumping Frog, by Mark Twain, undated [1903]
    Box   1 F   12
    Book Jackets, Their Husbands’ Wives, with “Eve’s Diary”, by Mark Twain, undated [1906]
    Box   1 F   12
    Christmas Card with Caricature of Twain and Photograph of Mark Twain Birthplace Memorial Shrine, Florida (MO), circa 1965
    Box   1 F   13
    Correspondence, Signed by Olivia L. Clemens, Octoberr 25, 1890
    Box   1 F   14
    Correspondence, Signed by S. L. Clemens, undated
    Box   1 F   15
    *Dr. Clarke’s Bibliography of his Twain Collection, October 30, 1969
    Box   1 F   16
    *Frontspiece and p. 3 bust (copy of Photograph from Huckleberry Finn, 1884 edition), undated
    Box   1 F   17
    *Items Added After Publication of [Dr. Clarke’s] Catalog, undated [after 1971]
    Box   1 F   18
    *Items Missing From Dr. Clarke’s Personal List, (Rough Draft), undated
    Box   1 F   19
    *Lists of Works and Partial Works [Drafts of Dr. Clarke’s Catalog], *(Galley Proofs), undated
    Box   1 F   20
    *Lists of Works and Partial Works [Drafts of Dr. Clarke’s Catalog], *(Notes), undated
    Box   1 F   21
    *Lists of Works and Partial Works [Drafts of Dr. Clarke’s Catalog], *(Typed and Handwritten Notes), undated
    Box   1 F   22
    *Lists of Works and Partial Works [Drafts of Dr. Clarke’s Catalog], *(Typed and Handwritten Worksheets, folder 1 of 2), undated
    Box   1 F   23
    *Lists of Works and Partial Works [Drafts of Dr. Clarke’s Catalog], *(Typed and Handwritten Worksheets, folder 2 of 2), undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Mark Twain Association of America, To Honor the Name of Mark Twain, (2 copies), December 1, 1941
    Box   1 F   25
    Mark Twain Calendar, 1910
    Box   2 F   1
    Mark Twain Research Foundation, Bulletin (scattered) No. 3-9, 11 (2 copies)-14, 1947-1949
    Box   2 F   2
    Mark Twain Research Foundation, How Mark Twain Got His Name, undated
    Box   2 F   3
    Mark Twain Research Foundation, “What is man?”/Mark Twain’s Christmas, undated
    Box   2 F   4
    Newspaper Clipping of Twain’s Residence, undated
    Box   2 F   5
    Newspaper Clippings (Copies and Originals), 1870, 1910, 1935, undated
    Box   2 F   6
    Original Mark Twain Brick, Provenance, after 1977
    Box   2 F   7
    *Photographs of White Bust (8), undated
    Box   2 F   8
    Playbills, “Col. Sellers,” (Newspaper Clipping), January 5, 1881
    Box   2 F   9
    Playbills, for Bret Hare’s M’Liss, and Program, March 7, 1881
    Box   2 F   10
    Portraits (Engravings and Reproduced Photographs) (5), one with note signed by Twain, February 22, 1882
    Box   2 F   11
    Postcard Addressed to Miss E. Doolittle, by Twain?, 1903
    Box   2 F   12
    Postcards (of Twain and Residence, 4), 1915, 1941, 1981
    Box   2 F   13
    Program for the Dedication of the Mark Twain Birthplace Memorial Shrine, 1960
    Box   2 F   14
    Scrapbook Endorsed by Mark Twain, the Mark Twain Scrapbook, (empty), undated
    Box   2 F   15
    Steam Boat Pilot’s Certificate, April 9, 1859 [20th century Photostatic Copy of Samuel Clemens’ Certificate], undated
    Box   2 F   16
    Willard S. Morse Collection of Mark Twain, undated [after 1935]
    Box   2 F   17
    *Works and Partial Works (Handwritten Draft), undated
    Box   3 F   1
    Article(s) About Mark Twain, Kubicek, Earl C. Mark Twain’s Adventures in inventions, in Illinois Tech. Engineer, October 1948
    Box   3 F   2
    Article(s) About Mark Twain, Salomon, Roger B. Mark Twain today…, in Case Western Reserve University Magazine, Winter 1968
    Box   3 F   3
    Article(s) About Mark Twain, Singleton, Ralph H. (The) Man that corrupted Oberlin, in Oberlin Alumni Magazine, February 1960
    Box   3 F   4
    Mark Twain’s Memory Builder, February 1891
    Box   3 F   5
    Newspaper Clippings Lecture announcement by Twain at Young Men’s Hall, Detroit Free Press, December 22, 1868; Article about Twain’s lecture, Detroit Free Press, December 23, 1868 (2 copies, both are 20th century photostatic copies), undated
    Box   3 F   6
    Periodicals, Hannibal Courier-Post and Hannibal Journal, Mark Twain Centennial Edition, 1928-1947
    Box   3 F   7
    Periodicals, (The) Stage (in 5 pieces), 1878
    Box   3 F   8
    Portrait (Reproduced Photograph), undated
    Box   4 F   1
    Artifacts, Brick from Mark Twain’s Residence, One of Four Removed in 1971, undated
    Box   4 F   2
    Artifacts, Bust (white). Stickers on back of bust state: “No other copy known[.] This found in Michigan. Guests gift at MT 70th birthday banquet at Delmonico’s, December 5, 1905,”, 1905
    Box   4 F   3
    Artifacts, Cigar Box, Mark Twain Brand, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder #1 a Ballotd. Owed Phor the Tymz; not the knusepaper. By Twark Main, Skulemarster, [a Ballad Ode for the Times; not the Newspaper, by Mark Twain, Schoolmaster], 1871
    F   2  
    Oversized Folder #2 Author’s Sketch Book, Hartford, Connecticut, v. 1, No. 1, November 1870
    F   3  
    Oversized Folder #3 Map of Hannibal, MO., Boyhood Home of Mark Twain, copyright 1940, 1940