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Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2022 17:45:36 -0400
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A typically generous and helpful gift to the Twain-addled community, Kent.
Thanks so much. I can just about imagine how many brain-hours and just
plain labor went into creating this terrific resource.

On Fri, Sep 30, 2022, 4:24 PM R Kent Rasmussen <
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> When I published _Dear Mark Twain: Letters from His Readers_ in 2013, I
> promised eventually to donate all my research files to the Mark Twain
> Papers and Project in Berkeley. As I explained in a note at the back of the
> book, the citations in the book's annotations represented only a small
> fraction of the sources on which the annotations drew. Well, I have now
> delivered all the book's research files to the Project. They cover not only
> the 200 letters published in _Dear Mark Twain_ but also more than 300 other
> letters not in the book. These materials include copies of my research
> correspondence; census reports; passport applications; ship passenger
> lists; newspaper and magazine articles; extracts from books, school
> yearbooks, and industrial publications; etc. As you may expect, most of the
> material pertains to Mark Twain's correspondents, under whose names it is
> organized in more than 500 files, which contain perhaps 10,000 pages.
> Scholars interested in consulting the files should contact the Project,
> which may need some integrating them into its collections.