How to Use Our Research Library

The Mark Twain House & Museum maintains a collection of 16,000 museum objects and other artifacts, including an archive of more than 6,000 documents and 5,280 photographic images that were made, received or accumulated by Mark Twain and his family, friends and associates, or by The Mark Twain House & Museum as an institution.

These include books originally in the possession of, and/or annotated by Twain, his family, friends and associates; original manuscript and archival records, including letters and photographs, many of which relate to his residence in Hartford; original photographs, negatives and films; documentation related to the construction, landscaping, furnishings and decoration of the Hartford house; and institutional records of The Mark Twain House, including those related to the restoration of the house.

Special collections include works by Mark Twain, most notably editions of his writings published during his lifetime; works by family, friends and associates; biographical and critical works; rare books and documents relating to the architecture, interior decoration and domestic life of the period; and interpretations of Twain's image, work and characters.

Archive Usage and Hours

Use of the archive and research library is available by appointment only. You can contact the following people to make an appointment:

Tracy Brindle, Chief Curator
call 860-280-3122 or email

Mallory Howard, Assistant Curator
call 860-280-3120 or email


Reading Room Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Photocopying service for a fee is at the discretion of the curator and will be performed by a staff member. Photographic reproduction may be possible for fragile or visual materials.

Permission to Reproduce

Possession of a reproduction does not imply permission to publish or create multiple copies. Permission to publish images owned by The Mark Twain House must be applied for in writing and is subject to standard fees.

Permission to quote unpublished material owned by The Mark Twain House & Museum must be applied for in writing. Be specific about the words and sources as well as the place and form in which they will be published. The researcher is responsible for determining whether or not the words have been published before, for obtaining permission to quote material owned by other institutions and for securing any third party copyright. The Mark Twain Company, New York, NY owns all copyrights on unpublished works by Mark Twain and Olivia Clemens.

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There are many ways to contribute to the Mark Twain House Museum! Click here to see our Curator's Wish List, or simply make a donation.

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