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Series I. Correspondence [series]:
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To I.L., Elmira, from Thomas E. Byrnes, Managing Editor of Elmira Star-Gazette.
Byrnes thanks I.L. for her ms. of speech given at presentation of Twain study, praises speech, and returns it. 1 pc.

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To I.L., Elmira, from Lewis Eldred, President of Elmira College.
Mr. Eldred encloses photos taken at dedication of Twain study. 1 pc.

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To I.L., Elmira, from Henry Nash Smith.
Smith thanks I.L. for some Twain items given to Univ. of California and itemizes them; gives his opinion on a prospective biography of Olivia Clemens; and comments on Twain's "irreverence" for American society. 2 pcs.

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To I.L., Elmira, from Donald Coney, University Librarian, Univ. of California at Berkeley.
Coney thanks I.L. for items presented to the University Twain collection. 1 pc.

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To I.L., Elmira, from Henry Nash Smith.
Smith names various articles relating to criticism of Twain, written in Twain's time and later. 1 pc.

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To I.L., Elmira, from Arlene Brown, Sec'y to Mrs. Stocker of Elmira College.
Miss Brown thanks I.L. for her talk at Elmira College Twain Festival. 1 pc.

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To I.L., Elmira, from Oville Prescott of The New York Times.
Prescott thanks I.L. for complimenting his review of Twain's Letters from the Earth and says that minor works will not affect Twain's great reputation. 1 pc.

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To I.L., Elmira, from Joseph S. Van Why, Hartford.
Van Why thanks I.L. for her letter giving some reminiscences of the Thomas Beecher family. 2 pcs.

 
Series II. Manuscripts and miscellaneous [series]:
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"Socialism - What Is It?". Ms. cites present inequalities and injustices of society; distinguishes socialism and anarchism; gives brief history of Utopian socialism and scientific socialism; defines socialism and explains theories and precepts; and gives a brief description of socialism in the United States. 37 pp. handwritten.
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The Elmira Advertiser reprinted its famous "S'cat" piece of 41 years earlier, and identified Mark Twain as the author. The satiric piece was written (date?) when Thomas K. Beecher was turned out of the Ministerial Union of Elmira. 6 pp. typescript copy.
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Ida Langdon's speech, presenting Twain study to Elmira College. Miss Langdon recalls a day when Mark Twain invited children in to hear and criticize The Prince and the Pauper, which he was then writing. I.L. mentions the many well-behaved people who visited the study, but the difficulty of preserving it from "nature" and "human nature." The Elmira College site was the only one that pleased the whole family. I.L. speaks of the appropriateness of the site and her pleasure at giving the study. 7 pp. handwritten.
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"The Many Faces of Mark Twain." A Voice of America 60 minute documentary on the life and times of Twain. This program was broadcast on Nov. 27, 1960, the 125th anniversary of Twain's birth. The program includes narration and taped "portraits" of Twain by several who knew him. 47 pp. ditto copy.
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"Mark Twain: The Forming of a Writer," a lecture delivered by Henry Nash Smith during the Twain Festival at Elmira. Nash examined Innocents Abroad to determine the influences affecting Mark Twain during his formative period. 24 pp. typescript copy.
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"Mark Twain and Elmira," read by I.L. at Mark Twain Festival, Elmira College. This speech includes a letter to the William Dean Howells family. The speech appears in Chemung Historical Journal 6:2 (1960); the letter in the Chemung Historical Journal 6:3 (Mar. 1961). 25 pp. xerox copy of speech; 5 pp. typescript copy of letter.
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Ida Langdon's Phi Beta Kappa address, "The Making of the Oxford Dictionary." I.L. describes the history, aims and supplement of the dictionary. 23 pp. xerox copy.
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One copy of Howell's description of Twain from the introduction to the Twain-Howells Letters, ed. Henry Nash Smith, Vol. 1, p. xviii. 1 p. typewritten.
 
Series III. Printed material [series]:
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Mark Twain and Elmira by Jervis Langdon (Twain's nephew). Langdon describes MT's connections with Elmira: his marriage, vacationing, work in his study, playing billiards in town, and burial. Many of Twain's books were written in Elmira. 9 pp.
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University of Texas Studies in English, Vol. 37 (reprint). "Mark Twain's Images of Hannibal from St. Petersburg to Eseldorf" by Henry Nash Smith, with an inscription to Ida Langdon, Nov. 9, 1960. The article describes Twain's memories of Hannibal, Mo. in Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and the development and final abandonment of the Hannibal image in later writing. Twain "...register[ed] in fictionthe death of 19th century culture." He could not find new literary capital in the Waste Land and alienation, but "bet too much" on a belief in an "orderly benign universe." 23 pp.
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Theater program of Hal Holbrook in "Mark Twain Tonight." (No location given.) 2 pp.
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Program of Mark Twain Festival, Elmira College. Photos included. 5 pp.
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"My Uncle, Mark Twain," by Ida Langdon. Chemung Historical Journal, Vol. VI, No. 2, pp. 769-780. Publication of an address by Ida Langdon to Elmira College students and the M.T. Festival Convocation, Oct. 13, 1960. Description of Twain's love and courtship of Olivia Langdon; their marriage; Quarry Farm (Elmira) vacations; the building of the Twain study; writing in the study; family fun; efforts to build an "Adam" statue in Elmira; anecdotes; burial in Elmira. Photos incl. 11 pp.
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Theater program of Hal Holbrook in "Mark Twain Tonight," Peabody Concert Hall, Baltimore. 3 pp.
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"Lewis and the Runaway," Chemung Historical Journal, Vol. VI, No. 3. The text of a Mark Twain letter, read in Ida Langdon's Oct. 13, 1960 address at Elmira College, but not printed in copy of that address in Dec. 1961 Chemung Historical Journal. 4 pp.
 
Series IV. Photographs [series]:
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Five photographs from the Twain study presentation ceremony.
Included is an enlarged photo of I.L. handing the key to President Perry of the Board of Trustees. Included also is a covering letter from Lewis Eldred, President of Elmira College, dated July 14, 1952.

 
Series V. Newspaper clippings [series]:
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Paper (?): The Marriage of Julia Olivia, I.L.'s sister, to Edward Eugene Loomis, the Vice-President of the Lackawanna Railroad, on Nov. 29, 1902. A great social affair in Elmira.
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Date (?) Elmira Daily Advertiser: Description of the above wedding, and mention that Samuel Clemens attended.
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"Juvenile Courts." Ida Langdon's address to the Western District Federated Relief Committee, Elmira Daily Advertiser.
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Review of lecture "Dante as a Poet" by Ida Langdon at Elmira College. Paper?
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Review of same. Paper?
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Photos and description of the transference of the Twain Study from East Hill to the Elmira College Campus. Newspaper unknown.
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Reminiscence of Ida Langdon at Mark Twain Festival, Elmira College. Elmira Star-Gazette.
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Article on Franchot Tone, who came to Elmira to give "An Actor's Approach to Mark Twain," as part of the Twain Festival. Star-Gazette.
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Review of Hal Holbrook in "Mark Twain Tonight," Balimore Sun.
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Article on children's best sellers in the Soviet Union, then on display in New York City. Twain's books were popular in the USSR. New York Times.
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Review of Twain's Letters from the Earth written by Orville Prescott, New York Times.
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Review of above book, written by Miles A. Smith.
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Description of ceremony in which a wreath was placed on MT's grave on the 53rd anniversary of his death. Elmira Star-Gazette.
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Death notice - Ida Langdon - New York Times.