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Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) Papers, 1889

Manuscript Collection #446

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) Papers
Creator: Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1889) including framed letter and copy.
Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, One framed letter and copy.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

July 23, 1983, 1 item; Letter (April 10, 1889). Loaned by Ronald W. Hoag, Greenville, N.C., and George W. and Ruth N. Hoag, Needham, Mass.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) Papers (#446), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Loaned by Ronald W. Hoag
  • Loaned by George W. and Ruth N. Hoag

Processing Information

  • Processed by S. Morgan, May 1983

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

On April 10, 1889, Samuel Langhorne Clemens wrote this one-page letter in response to an invitation to speak at the University of Missouri. Walter Williams, founder of the university's journalism school, had attempted to arrange an appearance by Clemens and Henry Watterson, editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Clemens, who was living in Hartford, Connecticut, and engaged in several pursuits, declined. Using characteristic humor and knowledge gained during a recent visit to Thomas A. Edison's laboratory in New Jersey, Clemens quipped: "While Watterson, by himself, is a useless carbon loop, & I, by myself, am a useless wire, we are an electric light when we combine."

Subject Headings Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entries :

  • Connecticut, Hartford

Autograph Entries :

  • Clemens, S[amuel] L[anghorne] 1889

Subject Entries :

  • INVENTIONS— Electric Lighting

Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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