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Collection TitleCL 151 Langdon Estate PapersCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:July 2015
Provenance:The items in were donated to the Booth Library by the Estate of Irene Langdon in 2015. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Genealogy -- Langdon Family; Twain, Mark (1835-1910); Underground railroad
Historical:

Langdon Family - Jervis Langdon (1809-1870) and his wife Olivia Lewis Langdon (1810-1890) came to Elmira in the 1830s.  Jervis was a wealthy businessman involved with the lumber and coal industries.  The couple were ardent abolitionists, financial backers of the Underground Railroad, and founding members of the Park Church.  Their children were Susan Crane (1836-1924), Olivia L. Clemens (1845-1904) and Charles J. Langdon (1849-1916).  Olivia Clemens was the wife of author Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain.

Charles Langdon eventually took over his father's business.  He married Ida B. Clark (1849-1934) and fathered three children: Julia Langdon Loomis (1871-1948), Jervis Langdon (1875-1952), and Ida Langdon (1880-1964).  Jervis Langdon married Eleanor Sayles (1878-1971) and fathered Jervis Langdon II (1905-2004) and Eleanor Langdon Pennock (1906-?).  Jervis Langdon II and his wife Irene (1922-2015) were actively involved in the John W. Jones Museum and the preservation of Mark Twain's memory. 

Scope:The Langdon Estate Papers include genealogical notes about the Langdon family and related lines; personal papers of Jervis Langdon I, Jervis Langdon II and Ida Langdon; notes and writing on Mark Twain and the Underground Railroad; legal documents relating to Quarry Farm; misc. material associated with Elmira, New York. 
Extent1.5 Linear Feet
Date Span1837-2006
AbstractThis collection contains Langdon Family genealogical material as well as documents, manuscripts and newspaper clippings about Mark Twain, Quarry Farm and the Underground Railroad. 


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Document granting Jervis Langdon Jr. powers-of-attorney for Eleanor Langdon, June 13, 1958. (with cover letter)DocumentA1702
Correspondence and legal documents regarding an oil and gas lease between the Langdon Family of Quarry Farm and the Felmont Oil Corporation, 1959-1960. DocumentsA1703
Correspondence regarding the settling of Jervis Langdon Sr.'s estate between Jervis Langdon Jr, his lawyer, and stock broker, 1959-1960.CorrespondenceA1704
Correspondence between the Langdon Family, Hall Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., and the insurance company regarding roof repairs at Quarry Farm, 1960-1963.CorrespondenceA1705
Correspondence between Jervis Langdon Jr., Elmira College and the National Trust for Historic Preservation regarding Quarry Farm, 1979-1980. CorrespondenceA1801
Four-Party Agreement Regarding Quarry Farm between Jervis Langdon Jr., Elmira College, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Chemung County Historical Society, December 31, 1982. DocumentA1802
National Trust for Historic Preservation Easement Inspection Form for Quarry Farm, April 26, 1985. DocuementA1803
Memorandum regarding the cost-benefit analysis of Elmira College's acquisition of Quarry Farm written by Jervis Langdon Jr., 1990. DocumentA1804
List of books in the Quarry Farm library. DocumentA1901
Letter to Jervis Langdon Jr. for the National Endowment for the Humanities regarding certain endowment grants, March 16, 1992. LetterA1902
Memorandum regarding the gift of Quarry Farm and the subsequent impact on Elmira College by Jervis Langdon Jr., 1995. (2 copies)DocumentA1903
Memorandum of Understanding between Jervis Langdon Jr., Elmira College, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Chemung County Historical Society expanding the Mark Twain scholar program, October 18, 1996.DocumentA1904
Narrative of the history of the gift of Quarry Farm to Elmira College by Jervis Langdon Jr. DocumentA1905
Correspondence between Elmira College, Jervis Langdon Jr. and various scholars regarding the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College, 1995-1997.CorrespondenceA1906
Draft of a Supplement to Four-Party Agreement Regarding Quarry Farm between Jervis Langdon Jr., Elmira College, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Chemung County Historical Society, December 1996. DocumentA1907
Supplement to Four-Party Agreement Regarding Quarry Farm between Jervis Langdon Jr., Elmira College, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Chemung County Historical Society, July 1997. DocumentA1908
Correspondence between Jervis Langdon Jr. and Elmira College regarding damaged trees at Quarry Farm, May 1997. CorrespondenceA1909
Report of the Chemung County Historical Society's annual inspection of Quarry Farm, 1997DocumentA1910
Newspaper clippings about Quarry Farm and the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College.Newspaper ClippingA2001
Minutes and treasurer's reports for the John W. Jones Museum, October 2001-August 2002. (incomplete)DocumentsA2101
Correspondence and reports relating to renovations at the John W. Jones Museum, 2002. DocumentsA2102
Excerpted pages from an annotated book of Clemens-Langdon family correspondence which mentions Fredrick Douglas and the Underground Railroad, 1869-1872. CorrespondenceA2201
Letter from Augustus Holt to Gratia Holt Stedman recalling Jervis Langdon's work on the Underground Railroad, 1876. LetterA2202
Correspondence between Susan L. Crane and Professor W.H. Siebert regarding her Jervis Langdon, John W. Jones and the Underground Railroad, 1896. CorrespondenceA2202
Correspondence between Chemung County Historian Clark Wilcox and various researchers regarding the Underground Railroad, 1955.CorrespondenceA2204
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