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"Harris, Susan Kumin" <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:07:23 +0000
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Dear All,
In conjunction with a project on place and space in The Gilded Age, one of my students is looking for speculators' maps of the Mississippi or Missouri River region in the post-Civil War period.  Please see his note below.  If any of you know of a site where he can access this material, we would both be grateful.  He has already, on Henry Sweets' recommendation, queried historical societies, to no avail. His email address is [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. Thank you!  -- susan Harris

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From: "Cunningham IV, Will" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
Date: April 22, 2014 at 3:22:26 PM CDT
To: "Harris, Susan Kumin" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
Subject: Note for Twain Scholars


I am in the beginning stages of a project on Twain and Warner's The Gilded Age. I am interested in geographic representation and cartography, especially in relation to urban planning. In the novel, Sellers, Harry, and Phillip create a speculation map of the fictitious town of Napoleon. According to Mr. Sweets (Executive Director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum), Marion City was most likely Twain's inspiration for this place. I am trying (without luck) to get my hands on any period maps of Marion City - or, for that matter, any speculative maps along the Mississippi River from the latter half of the 19th century.

Any help would be much appreciated!


Will Cunningham
PhD Candidate
The University of Kansas