Mark Twain Papers & Project is located at The Bancroft Library, Room 475, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000.
The entrance to The Bancroft Library is on the east side of the Main Library, facing the
Sather Tower, more commonly known as the Campanile.
Before entering the Mark Twain Project's Reading Room, you must stow your belongings in the lockers provided on the ground floor, located on the right-hand side of the east entrance. Pass the security guard station and proceed by elevator to the Mark Twain Project on the
4th floor. For our open hours, please see the calendar.
Everything Mark Twain wrote for which the Mark
Twain Project had even a partial text, as of the end of 2001, has
now been published—either by Mark Twain himself, by various hands
between 1910 and 1962, or by the University of California Press or
The Bancroft Library between 1962 and the end of 2002, either in
printed volumes or in one of three Microfilm Editions issued by The
Bancroft Library in December 2001. Some works have also been
published or reprinted in this period by other publishers under
license from the University of California Press.
What Mark Twain himself published, or anything of his that others
published posthumously before the year 1923, is in the public domain
and may be quoted or reproduced in its entirety without permission.
Mark Twain writings of any kind, whether literary manuscripts,
notebooks, marginalia, or letters which came to light after 2001 and
which were not published in the Microfilm Editions or elsewhere
before the end of 2002 are likewise in the public domain.
Under “fair use,” quotation from any published work still under
copyright is permitted without obtaining the copyright holder’s
permission. But re-publication or reprinting of any whole work
(letter, notebook, essay, etc.) so protected requires the permission
of the copyright holder. Generally speaking, if publication occurred
in 1962 or later, permission is to be obtained from the University
of California Press. If publication occurred between 1923 and 1961,
permission is to be obtained from the Mark Twain Foundation.
It is the responsibility of the requester (a) to determine the
specific source of the words to be quoted; and (b) to quote them
with reasonable accuracy and precision. Mark Twain Project staff can
offer limited assistance to confirm original publication dates of
certain works and, for material published in the microfilm edition,
we will provide specific microfilm reel numbers for citation
purposes. For further copyright questions and assistance you may
wish to consult an attorney.
All valid copyrights on Mark Twain’s words are held by Richard A.
Watson and JPMorgan Chase Bank as Trustees of the Mark Twain
Foundation, which reserves all reproduction or dramatization rights
in every medium. To write to the Mark Twain Foundation, address your request to:
Richard A. Watson
Chamberlain, Willi, Ouchterloney, &
575 Eighth Avenue, 16th
New York, NY 10018
Copyright on all editorial transcriptions, reconstructions,
decipherings, introductions, textual and explanatory notes,
identifications of correspondents, places, and dates, in print or
microfilm editions produced by the Mark Twain Project, is held by
the Regents of the University of California. To write to the
University of California Press, address your request to:
University of California Press
155 Grand Avenue, Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94612-3758
Permission to publish Mark Twain
Project photographs and other images must be applied for in writing.
We will be glad to mail a permissions form to you. Please see Contact
Information for surface or e-mail addresses.
Use fees will
apply per image requested; however, permission to publish does not
constitute a copyright clearance. Neither the Mark Twain Project nor
the Library Photographic Service is responsible for the misuse of