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Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Mark Twain Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1872-1921 (mostly 1872-1908)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Collection consists of material by or about the celebrated American writer Mark Twain, including correspondence, photographs, and ephemera.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

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.

Collection Creator Biography:

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.

Collection History


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.

Custodial History

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.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

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

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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.

Credit this material:

Mark Twain Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1