The Lilly Library in cooperation with the Division of Continuing
Collecting Mark Twain
May 11-15, 1998
This May at Indiana University, the Lilly Library and the
Division of Continuing Studies will offer a short course,
Collecting Mark Twain. Taught at the Lilly Library, the course
will draw on resources that include a large reference
collection of rare books and manuscripts, as well as a working
replica of a seventeenth-century English common press.
Intended for collectors, librarians, and all Twain lovers, the
course will be devoted to strategies for collecting materials
about the life and work of Mark Twain, one of the best-known
and most recognizable of American icons. Participants will
study some of the great collections and bibliographies, as well
as how to plan and build a collection.
Topics will include Twain's personal and family items, books
from his library, autographs and manuscripts, images,
publishers' promotional materials, first and other important
editions of Twain's published works, first periodical
appearances, movie materials, biography and criticism, and
ephemera. The course will also examine Twain's history and
future with collectors, booksellers, autograph and manuscript
dealers, and auctioneers.
The instructor for the course, Nick Karanovich, has lectured
and published widely on Twain. His Twain collection has been
described as "both the finest and most extensive in private
hands." Items from his collection were featured in a Lilly
Library exhibition in spring 1991.
Twain book cover In addition to items from Karanovich's
collection, the course will use many Twain books and
manuscripts from the collections of the Lilly Library. The
Library's Twain holdings include a number of important items
from the collection of J. K. Lilly Jr., who assembled a large
collection of Twain first editions, complemented by some
interesting manuscript materials.
Housing has been reserved in an air-conditioned graduate
dormitory. The cost will be approximately $29 per night.
Housing will also be available in a moderately priced hotel on
campus. Complete information about accommodations and
transportation will be sent to participants as soon as
registrations are received.
The course fee is $420, which includes all instructional
materials, an opening reception, and refreshments. Housing,
parking, and meals are not included.
The registration deadline is May 1, 1998. Enrollment is
limited, so early registration is recommended.
Three continuing education units (CEUs) may be earned for
completing the course. CEUs are nationally recognized units
earned for participation in noncredit continuing education
The course will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with time out for
lunch) Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on
The Lilly Library, located on the Fine Arts Plaza of
Indiana University in Bloomington, is the principal
rare book, manuscript, and special collections
library of the Indiana University Libraries system. Scholars
from around the world use its holdings, which include 500,000
books, 100,000 pieces of music, and more than 7,000,000
manuscripts. Materials in the Library range from extensive
special collections to major rare books--such as the New
Testament of the Gutenberg Bible, the four Shakespeare folios,
and John James Audubon's Birds of America--and original
manuscripts, including George Washington's letter accepting the
U.S. presidency, J. M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western
World, and J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan.
Indiana University in Bloomington has a beautiful wooded
campus. In addition to the Lilly Library, the University offers
such diverse resources as the world-class Musical Arts Center,
the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, the Mathers
Museum of World Cultures, the Archives of Traditional Music,
and a full complement of recreational facilities.
Bloomington is a city of 60,000 surrounded by hills, lakes,
state parks, and national forests. Its many cultural
activities, comfortable midwestern atmosphere, and variety of
restaurants-including Japanese, Thai, and Tibetan-provide a
relaxed setting in which to learn.
For more information on this course or other Professional
Continuing Education Offerings, contact
Division of Continuing Studies
Owen Hall 204
Bloomington IN 47405
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