Mark Twain House

Log Number: MA-30-19-0707-19

The Mark Twain House and Museum will conserve three 19th-century books in its collections that belonged to Samuel Clemens ("Mark Twain") and that bear his handwritten notes and inscriptions. The three books are prioritized for conservation due to their fragile condition, and because of the insights they provide into the author, his work and its impact on literature, and the personal experiences and relationships that influenced his views on pivotal issues such as race and prejudice. The museum will engage conservators to stabilize the books and address condition problems that were identified in previous conservation assessments completed for each of the books. After the conservation is completed, the books will be available for research purposes and for display at the museum and other institutions.