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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
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
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
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
Booklet - Revived Remarks on Mark Twain by George Ade, compiled by George Hiram Brownell, 1936. BookletA1402
Booklet - Mark Twain: An Exhibition Selected Mainly from the Papers Belonging to the Samuel L. Clemens Estate on Deposit in the Huntington Library, 1947. BookletA1403
Booklet - Hartford as a Publishing Center in the Nineteenth Century, 1971. BookletA1404
Booklet - Mark Twain: The Youth Who Lived on in the Sage by John S. Tuckey, Quarry Farm Papers, 1990. BookletA1405
Newspaper - Redding Times, Mark Twain Anniversary Issue, June 19. 1958. NewspaperA1406
Booklet - Mark Twain Musical Drama, 1987. BookletA1407
Letter from Olivia Langdon to her mother Mrs. Jervis (Olivia) Langdon, March 13, 1964 (transcription)LetterA1408
Letter from Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) to his nephew Edward, January 7, 1910.LetterA1409
Newspaper clippings about Mark Twain, his family, life and writings. Newspaper ClippingsA1501
Abstract of Title for Quarry Farm, Elmira, covering from 1869-2001. DocumentA1601
Insurance policies issued to Mrs. Eleanor Langdon of Quarry Farm, 1962-1967. (Auto, fire and workmen's comp)DocumentsA1701
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