The Ida Langdon Papers contain an assortment of teaching and lecture materials from her early tenure as a professor of English Literature at Elmira College, including collegiate materials from her matriculation at Bryn Mawr College. The collection also includes materials from Dr. Lane Cooper, a professor at Cornell University where Langdon received her Doctorate and various letters of correspondence and newspaper clippings. Items concerning her association with her uncle, Mark Twain, are at a minimum.
Scope and Content:
The Ida Langdon Papers contain an assortment of teaching and lecture materials from her tenure as a professor of English Literature at Elmira College. The collection also includes collegiate materials from her matriculation at Bryn Mawr College, materials from Dr. Lane Cooper, a professor at Cornell University where Langdon received her Masters and Doctorate degrees, various letters of correspondence and newspaper clippings.
The bulk of the collection contains manuscript writings for class lectures at Elmira College. There are a number of published items collected by Langdon concerning Dr. Lane Cooper of Cornell. The majority of the original materials in the collection are from Langdon’s professional career at Bryn Mawr in 1913 and her early career at Elmira College in the 1920’s.
The collection contains one folder of news clipping about Langdon’s uncle, Mark Twain.
Biographical / Historical:
Ida Langdon was born in Elmira, New York to parents Charles J. Langdon and Ida Clark Langdon. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College and completed her graduate and doctorate degrees in English from Cornell University.
Langdon taught at Bryn Mawr College and Wellesley before returning home to Elmira to care for her ailing mother. Joining the English department in 1920, Langdon went on to teach over 20 years at the institution. She became a professor Emeritus at the institution in 1945.
Langdon was the niece of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, whom married her aunt, Olivia Langdon. Ida spent a number of summers at Quarry Farm with the Clemens’ family. Her association with the famous author was well-known in Elmira.