A Guide to the Papers of Mark Twain, 1862-1946 Twain, Mark, Papers 6314, etc.

A Guide to the Papers of Mark Twain, 1862-1946

A Collection in
The Clifton Waller Barrett Library
Special Collections
The University of Virginia Library
Accession number 6314, etc.


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Special Collections, University of Virginia Library
Accession number
6314, etc.
Papers of Mark Twain 1862-1946, bulk 1872-1910
Physical Characteristics
This collection consists of approximately 1500 items

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

Papers of Mark Twain, Accession #6314, etc., Clifton Waller Barrett Library, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information

Gift and purchase.

Scope and Content Information

The collection contains manuscripts, personal correspondence, business correspondence and documents, illustrations, paintings and photographs.

The manuscripts include The Jumping Frog. In English. Then in French. Then clawed back into a civilized language once more by patient, unremunerated toil, six chapters of A tramp abroad, one chapter of The gilded age, prefaces to the English editions of The innocents abroad and Roughing it, and several other shorter pieces together with Susy Clemens's Biography of Mark Twain with his footnotes.

Family correspondence consists of cheerful letters to his wife Olivia Clemens and daughters Susy, Clara and Jean about his travels, lecture audiences, and acquaintances. There are also letters to his mother Jane L. Clemens, his brother Orion and family, his nephew Sam Moffett and his sister-in-law and her husband Susan Langdon and Theodore Crane.

Business correspondence concerns Twain's emergence from the bankruptcy of Charles L. Webster Publishing Co. in which he was the majority stockholder. There are also book contracts, papers concerning his ill fated Paige typesetter investment, and papers concerning Edward H. House's unsuccessful suit against him over dramatization rights to "The prince and the pauper."

There is professional correspondence with authors, editors, and publishers in the United States and England including Hjalmar Boyesen, George Washington Cable, William Dean Howells, Albert Bigelow Paine, George Bernard Shaw, and Charles Dudley Warner.

Other correspondents include fellow journalists and miners in the U.S. West in the 1860s, voyagers on "The Quaker City," friends in Hartford, Ct., Hannibal, Mo., and Keokuk, Ia., members of the Players Club and other societies to which he belonged, friends from his travels, and his reading public.


The collection is arranged in six series: Series I: Manuscripts; Series II: Letters; Series III: Documents; Series IV: Photographs, Images, and Illustrations; Series V: Miscellaneous; and, Series VI: Charles L. Webster & Company Debt Receipts

Contents List

Series I: Manuscripts
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Series II: Letters
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Series III: Documents
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Series IV: Photographs, Images, and Illustrations
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Series V: Miscellaneous
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Series VI: Charles L. Webster & Company Debt Receipts
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Box 10
Autograph book of Daniel Terrance Mulvey, containing Mark Twain's signature 1906-1907

Mulvey, a page in the United States Senate, collected the signatures of many Senators as well as that of visitor Mark Twain.