While doing research, Lance Heidig, a reference and instruction librarian in Research and Learning Services in Olin Library, discovered that Mark Twain came to Ithaca twice while visiting nearby Elmira: once in the summer of 1877 to see friends, and then again in December 1884 as part of his "Twins of Genius" lecture tour.

In addition to those visits, Mark Twain and Cornell - the "first truly American writer" and the "first truly American university," as they have been called - share a rich history of associations, friends, and family.

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