CALIFORNIA U. TO GET MARK TWAIN'S PAPERS
Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.
BERKELEY, Calif., Nov. 22 - The Mark Twain papers, one of the most valuable collections ever left by a major American writer, will be permanently housed eventually at the University of California, Dr. Robert G. Sproul, president, said today. The author's only living daughter, Clara Clemens Samossoud, will bequeath the papers to the university, he added.
The collection includes forty-five Twain notebooks and diaries, more than 400 literary manuscripts, many never published; family photographs and personal albums, many business records and an autobiography published only in part.
There also are thousands of letters exchanged by Mark Twain with such celebrities as William Dean Howells, Rudyard Kipling, George Bernard Shaw and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, first gained national recognition with stories and sketches written while he was a gold miner, journalist and lecturer in the West.
On his death in 1910 the papers went in trust to Mrs. Samossoud, who has lived in California a number of years.
Regents of the University of California have agreed to accept literary and financial contributions toward a Mark Twain chair of literature and a Mark Twain library.
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