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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

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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Script of a speech given by Jervis Langdon Jr. at the Park Church regarding church history, ca. 1990s. ScriptA0618
Program - A Service of the Celebration for the Life of Jervis Langdon Jr. at the Park Church, April 3, 2004. (2 copies)ProgramA0619
Transcript of an interview of Jervis Langdon Jr. conducted by Professor David Vrooman as part of the railroad executive oral history program, September 13-14, 1996. DocumentA0701
Ida Langdon's address and notebook, ca. 1950s. NotebookA0801
(3) Letters from Ida Langdon to Jervis Langdon Jr. about family matters, 1953-1955. LettersA0802
Invitation to dine with the captain of the R.M.S. Mauretania sent to Ida Langdon, July 8, 1954. InvitationA0803
Speech given by Ida Langdon at the Park Church's 110th Anniversary, ca. 1950s. SpeechA0804
Magazine - Mark Twain Society Bulletin, July 1994, featuring an article of Ida Langdon. MagazineA0805
Ida Langdon's account of several strange dreams, ca. 1950s. ManuscriptA0806
Letter from Ida Langdon to her mother, undated. LetterA0807
(2) Letter from Ida Langdon to her friend Margaret Nevin, 1928-1933.LettersA0808
Stationery letterhead for Mrs. Jervis (Eleanor) Langdon of Quarry Farm, ca. 1940s. LetterheadA0901
Poem written for "Eda", January 1885. A0902
Pass issued to Charles Langdon by the Penn Central Railroad, 1969. PassA0903
Passport issued to Irene Langdon, 2008. PassportA0904
Eleanor Langdon's travel diary of her trip to Europe, 1954. DiaryA0905
Letter from Ruth Barber to Susan Crane, no date. LetterA0906
Letter from Susan Crane to Mattie Stone regarding Christmas, December 19, 1876. LetterA0909
This folder contains photographs of the following: Langdon home; Quarry Farm; Susan Crane; Eleanor Sayles Langdon; Jervis Langdon; Jervis Langdon Jr.; Jervis Langdon III; Irene Langdon; Halsey Langdon; Charles Langdon; Ida Langdon; Lee Langdon Kiesling; Polly Langdon Pennock; David Pennock; Susan Pennock; Halsey Sayles; Julia Beecher; Olivia & Virginia Loomis; Sam Clemens and family; Clemens horse trough; bust of Mark Twain by Ernfred Anderson; Jervis Langdon Jr.'s graduation from Cornell University, 1927; exhibit of clothing owned by Langdon family, 1991. PhotographsA1001
Newspaper clippings about the Langdon family including Jervis, Jervis Jr. and Ida, 1870-2005.Newspaper ClippingA1101
Manuscript - Mark Twain's Elmira (1867-1910) by Jervis Langdon Jr. (2 drafts)ManuscriptA1201
Manuscript - Jervis Langdon: Mark Twain's Father-in-Law by Jervis Langdon Jr. (2 drafts)ManuscriptA1202
Jervis Langdon Jr.'s research notes for his writings on Mark Twain. NotesA1203
Manuscript - Mark Twain in Love by Jeff Steinbrink, 1994. ManuscriptA1301
Booklet - Elmira in the Life of Mark Twain, 1976. BookletA1401
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