This collection is comprised of facsimiles of portions of the Cyril Clemens Collection owned by the Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, Connecticut. The collection contains correspondence between Mark Twain and family, friends and contemporaries. The collection also contains the correspondence of Cyril Clemens, primarily in regard to his interest in Mark Twain and his position as founder and president of the International Mark Twain Society and editor of the Mark Twain Quarterly/Mark Twain Journal.
Scope and Content:
The collection is entirely comprised of facsimiles from the Cyril Clemens Collection from the Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, Connecticut. The collection contains a trove of Mark Twain correspondence, including letters written by his wife, Olivia, and children. The collection also contains correspondence of Cyril Clemens as founder and president of the International Mark Twain Society.
Clippings, book excerpts, photocopied photographs, deeds and reminiscences of Mark Twain and Laura Hawkins complete the collection.
The collection was copied from Cyril Clemens original papers in 1980. The print has faded significantly from a number of these documents making them difficult to read.
Biographical / Historical:
Cyril Clemens was born on July 14, 1902, the son of James Ross Clemens and Katharine Boland Clemens, prominent citizens of St. Louis, Missouri. He attended St. Louis University High School and received a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, returning to St. Louis for graduate degrees in English and History from Washington University. He recalls meeting his distant cousin, Mark Twain, in Redding, Connecticut as a child, but attributed his passion for the author from later experiences of which inspired him to found the International Mark Twain Society in 1923. In 1936, Clemens began publishing the Mark Twain Quarterly. The Mark Twain Quarterly became the Mark Twain Journal in 1954. Clemens continued to edit the journal until 1983. He died in Kirkwood, Missouri on May 16, 1999.