I am happy to report that the Mark Twain Research Foundation still exists
and publishes a quarterly journal called "The Twainian." The current
president is Catherine Allen of Santa Fe, NM. The editor of "The Twainian"
is Professor Richard Holmes of Culver-Stockton College. A few years ago,
the MTRF donated most of their collection to the Mark Twain Birthplace
State Historic Site, Division of State Parks, Missouri Department of
Natural Resources (located outside Florida, Missouri from where this
message is originating.) We have possession of some original Twain
material that was a part of this donation. It is catalogued. The historic
site handles correspondence for the MTRF. Our mailing address is RFD 1,
Box 54, Stoutsville, MO 65283. Of course, you can email us using this
email box. Please let me know if there is anything else with which we can
> From: Barbara Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Mark Twain Research Foundation
> Date: Friday, January 02, 1998 4:42 PM
> In his book _On the Poetry of Mark Twain_ (Univ. of Illinois Press,
> 1966) Arthur Scott reprints the longest poem Twain ever wrote --
> "A Ballotd." The poem, dated 1871, was signed "Twark Main"
> (a signature which was used at least one other time in 1887 for
> an essay titled "Archimedes.")
> Scott expressed his gratitude to the Mark Twain Research
> Foundation of Perry, Missouri for providing him with a
> photocopy of the rare broadside on which "A Ballotd" was
> Is the Mark Twain Research Foundation, formerly of Perry,
> Missouri still operational? If not, is/was there any public
> record of the Foundation's holdings and rare Twain documents?
> Or any auction catalogs or public record of how or when these
> items may have been dispersed?