Samuel Clemens spent much of the years 1861–1866 in Nevada Territory and California. Selections from his letters, notebooks, autobiographical dictations, and scrapbooks, as well as mining deeds and photographs, give an inside look at some of the experiences, people, and places that provided material for stories and literary works throughout his career.
“Mark Twain in the West” was created as an exhibition using surrogate materials for Elmira College’s State of Mark Twain Studies conference, July 2013.
Mark Twain was a hardworking and prolific writer, but how did he spend his time when he was free to relax and amuse himself? “Mark Twain at Play” brings together manuscripts, documents, notebooks, albums, vintage photographs, and other artifacts from The Bancroft Library's Mark Twain Papers to answer that question.
From October 2008 through April 2009, “Mark Twain at Play” was the inaugural exhibition in the newly retrofitted and renovated Bancroft Library.
Mark Twain, publicly and privately, expressed strong opinions about painting and sculpture. His commentary was wry, lively, sometimes eccentric. On occasion he also illustrated his literary works and letters with his own sketches.
Drawing from the Mark Twain Papers of The Bancroft Library and from the publications of the Mark Twain Project, this exhibition shares with the public Mark Twain’s art commentary and his drawings. It was physically installed in Doe Memorial Library from April through June 2001.
This exhibition features selected items elucidating Mark Twain’s travel adventures and his attitudes about the places and cultures he explored. It was installed in the Heller Gallery of The Bancroft Library from September through December 1990.
The sixty-page printed catalog of the complete exhibition, designed by Mary Scott, won the Katherine K. Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Catalogue Award, Division 2, in 2000.