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.
The Robert D. Smith Papers document Smith’s involvement with community organizing in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Schoharie County, New York from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. The bulk of the papers are community proposals and articles pertaining to community organization. Smith’s experiences related through articles and reports as well as his documented association with Saul Alinsky are highlights of the collection.
The Howard Baetzhold Papers contain materials from Baetzhold’s tenure at the Mark Twain Papers at the University of California and correspondence with other members of the Twain scholarly community. The correspondence contains little in the way of scholarship and primarily focuses on Baetzhold’s professional and personal relationships in Mark Twain studies.
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.
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 bulk of the papers are comprised of Lou Budd’s collection of Mark Twain caricatures, interviews and reviews. Correspondence and materials related to his tenure as trustee at the Mark Twain Memorial for the years 1992-1999 are the extent of materials in the collection related to Budd’s professional life. The collection contains the manuscript and research for one scholarly article, Seeing Double Can be Twice as Clear: Mark Twain’s Impersonators.
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 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.