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That sounds like a letter that should be in her NYPL papers if she 
didn't leave it to a family member or frame it and hang it on the wall 
to fade away.

I've had time to browse through the complete file of minutes of the 
annual meetings of the MT Assoc. from 1942 to 1949 and Judd is nowhere 
to be found. I'll double-check, but the annual meetings were usually in 
Chicago and were attended by local members. The entire membership 
appears to have been about 85-100 subscribers in those years, and WW2 
travel restrictions are mentioned as suppressing attendance in the early 
years. Men were in charge (George Ade, Frank Meine, and George Brownell) 
but several women are listed among the attendees at those meetings. They 
listed members who donated money to their fund-raisers from time to time 
and Judd does not appear on those lists. But I'll reread those files 
more closely when time allows to see if I overlooked her.

No time yet to look through Brownell's extensive correspondence file, 
which I have not read in years. She may show up there. That file is full 
of chatter and gossip re Isabel Lyon, Merle Johnson, Clara Clemens, et 

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------ Original Message ------
From: "Barbara Schmidt" <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: 6/8/2023 12:40:43 PM
Subject: Re: Ida Benfey Judd

>MTP lists one 1907 letter from Judd to Clemens.  I have not seen it.  If
>Clemens replied, it is not listed in the database.
>On Thu, Jun 8, 2023 at 11:26 AM <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>  I have only two printed items that shed light on her activities, both of
>>  which are also probably found in her NYPL archive:
>>  1. 4pp leaflet announcing the winners of the first Mark Twain Best Quote
>>  contest for 1935 and soliciting entries for 1936. The judges include
>>  Clara Clemens, Cyril Clemens, Stephen Leacock, and William Lyon Phelps,
>>  among others, so I assume her NYPL papers will yield some interesting
>>  correspondence.
>>  2. 4pp leaflet founding the MT Assoc. in 1941 at the home of George Ade,
>>  with a "statement of purpose."
>>  I will check my ms archives (mostly correspondence files) of  George
>>  Hiram Brownell (his MTA files) , Edward Earl Moore, Clara Clemens, and
>>  some early Twain collectors, and see if her name pops up. Brownell (d
>>  1950) ran the MTA from 1942 to 1949 when it was absorbed into the the MT
>>  Research Foundation (aka Chester Davis). Earl Moore was a founding
>>  member of the MTA, along with Judd, Ade, et al. I assume most of what I
>>  have will be duplicated in Judd's 2.2 linear feet of papers at NYPL, so
>>  I'll look for things not likely kept or seen by her.
>>  Kevin
>>  @
>>  Mac Donnell Rare Books
>>  9307 Glenlake Drive
>>  Austin TX 78730
>>  512-345-4139
>>  You can browse our books at:
>>  ------ Original Message ------
>>  From: "Joseph Csicsila" <[log in to unmask]>
>>  To: [log in to unmask]
>>  Sent: 6/8/2023 9:56:29 AM
>>  Subject: Ida Benfey Judd
>>  >Good morning,
>>  >
>>  >Anyone know anything about this person or the history here?
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >Turns out she's an alum of my university.
>>  >
>>  >Joe