The Elmira College Archives serves as the repository for the permanent records of the college and includes college publications, photographs, audiovisual materials, theses, faculty publications, memorabilia and materials that document all aspects of campus life.
After Samuel Clemens’ death in 1910, Clara Clemens Samossoud and Katy Leary, a native of Elmira, N.Y. and trusted family servant for over thirty years, closed Twain’s final home in Redding, Connecticut called “Stormfield.” Clara permitted Katy Leary to select books from Twain’s personal library as keepsakes. Many of the books contain inscriptions, signatures, notes and markings by Samuel Clemens.
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.
The papers document Herb Wisbey’s tenure as the Director of the Center of Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College from its inception in 1983 to 1986. The collection contains research materials for many of his published articles, primarily for those published in the Mark Twain Society Bulletin. Correspondence, Mark Twain research materials and a research file of predominantly local figures represent the extent of the collection.
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.
The collection contains reproductions, negatives and prints of Mark Twain caricatures collected by Louis J. Budd, a preeminent Twain scholar and professor at Duke University. The collectionis primarily focused on caricatures created in Twain's own time; caricatures from later dates, though present, are not as thoroughly documented.
The bulk of the collection is comprised of the multidisciplinary works of Elizabeth Case. Paintings, illustrations, sketches, animation, poetry, spoken word and written works are the artistic disciplines represented in the collection. The personal papers of Elizabeth Case are at a minimum; however, a compilation of editorials, personal photographs and photograph slides from exhibitions as well as certificates of her lifetime achievements provide a unique perspective of the artist.
The collection contains 130 photographs reproduced from the original nitrate negatives of James B. Pond’s photographs of Mark Twain on his North American Lecture Tour, accompanied by his wife and daughter, Olivia Langdon Clemens and Clara Clemens as well as by Major Pond’s wife, Marion Glass Pond. The collection includes a copy of James B. Pond’s typescript draft of his account of Mark Twain in “Eccentricities of Genius” and a typescript copy of his journal from the tour.
The collection contains letters, sheet music manuscripts, memorabilia and books from Griffes’ personal library that offer insight into the musical training and personal progression of Charles Tomlinson Griffes. The collection documents the formative years of Charles Tomlinson Griffes containing 28 original letters written during his early adulthood while studying music in Berlin, Germany, 1903-1906. The letters are addressed to Miss Mary Selena Broughton, his former piano teacher at Elmira College and his mother, Clara Griffes. A number of sheet music manuscripts of Griffes’ most important works: “Sonata,” “White Peacock” and “The Lake at Evening,” are included. The poetry that played an important role in Griffes’ musical process is represented in the collection by numerous books from his personal library.