The Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies was founded in January 1983 with the gift of Quarry Farm to Elmira College by Jervis and Irene Langdon, the great-grand-nephew (and his wife) of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. The Center offers distinctive programs to foster and support Mark Twain scholarship and to strengthen the teaching of Mark Twain at all academic levels. The Center serves the Elmira College community and regional, national, and international students and scholars of Mark Twain.
The Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies (CMTS) is dedicated to fostering and supporting scholarship and pedagogy related to all aspects of Mark Twain. The primary purpose of the CMTS is to serve an international community of scholars and educators. The responsibilities of CMTS also include oversight of two historic landmarks: Quarry Farm, which has been designated as a scholar’s retreat, and the Mark Twain Study, now located on the Elmira College campus. Starting in 1871 and for over twenty consecutive summers, Twain came to Quarry Farm and worked in his octagonal Study. It is here that the author wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and many other important works, signifying his most productive and most successfully creative time of his life.
In addition, CMTS closely collaborates with the Elmira College Mark Twain Archive, the home of primary and secondary sources dedicated to Twain and his circle. CMTS also seeks to enrich local and regional community members and organizations by promoting and preserving the legacy of Twain and his deep connection to Elmira. CMTS fulfills its mission through the facilitation and sponsorship of academic research fellowships and a number of scholarly events, including educational field trips, lectures, teaching institutes, symposia, and the quadrennial International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies, the world’s largest scholarly conference focusing on Mark Twain.
During the year, the Center for Mark Twain Studies sponsors a variety of activities, including:
- Quarry Farm Research Fellowships
- Courses, Symposia, Seminars, and Workshops
- Lecture Series: The Trouble Begins and The Park Church Summer Lectures
- An annual Summer Teachers’ Institute
- Guided Tours of the Mark Twain Study and Exhibit
- Field Trips for School Groups
- Creation of online content, including:
- Dear Friends, Quarry Farm Papers, Quarry Farm Volumes, and
- Mark Twain in Elmira, Second Edition
To find out more about these programs, contact:
The Center for Mark Twain Studies
One Park Place
Elmira, NY 14901
Phone: (607) 735-1941
Fax: (607) 735-1756
E-mail: [email protected]