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Susy Clemens

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This is a collection of letters written by Susan "Susy" Olivia Clemens (1872-1896), daughter of Samuel Clemens to her college friend Louise Brownell (1870-1961). Louise was later married to Arthur Percy Saunders (1869-1953), professor of chemistry and dean of Hamilton College.


This collection includes images of 44 letters (396 pages) written by Susy Clemens between 1891 and 1894 from Bryn Mawr, Hartford, Connecticut and from Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and France as she traveled with her father.


Susy Clemens was a daughter of Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain). She was born on March 19, 1872 in Elmira, New York and at the age of 13 she wrote a biography of her famous father. This is a collection of letters she wrote to her friend and Bryn Mawr classmate Louise Sheffield Brownell from various places in Europe from April 1891 to November 1893 and one from the summer of 1894. She died of spinal meningitis at the age of 24 in Hartford, Connecticut on August 18, 1896. After graduation from Bryn Mawr, Louise Brownell taught English at Cornell University where she met and was married to Arthur Percy Saunders. Arthur Saunders became a professor at Hamilton College where he taught Chemistry from 1900-1939. The Clemens/Brownell letters are just one part of the Saunders Papers held by the Hamilton College Archives.


Digitization of the letters was done in-house on a flatbed scanner at 600 dpi, 24-bit color and saved as uncompressed TIF images. No transcripts have been made of these letters, but proper nouns have been extracted and are searchable.



  • Papa, an intimate biography of Mark Twain, by Susy Clemens; edited by Charles Neider (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1985) (held by Hamilton College - PS1331 .C49 1985)


Katherine Collett, Archivist
Telephone: (315) 859-4471


Hamilton College Archives
Burke Library
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

(Reviewed: September 27, 2013)


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