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Paul Fatout papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 540

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of research materials collected by author Paul Fatout for his various publications regarding Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Indiana canals, and other subjects. Types of materials include manuscripts, photographs, correspondence, fan mail, book reviews, research notes, microfilm, and subject files. Please see PDF Finding Aid for collection inventory.


  • 1871 - 1983


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection may be in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator/publisher. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Paul Fatout was a professor of English at Purdue University. Among his many works are Mark Twain Speaks for Himself, Indiana Canals, Letters of a Civil War Surgeon, Mark Twain in Virginia City, Mark Twain on the Lecture Circuit, Meadow Lake: Gold Town, Ambrose Bierce: The Devil's Lexicographer, Canal's Heyday (Tippecanoe Tales), Artemus Ward among the Mormons, The Twain-Cable Readings in Indiana, Mark Twain's First Lecture: A Parallel (His Miscellanea), and Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington. He died in 1982.
Source: "Paul Fatout." University of Iowa Press. />


8.00 mss._boxes


This collection is divided into three series: Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, and Miscellaneous.

Processing Information

Materials have been housed in acid-free folders and boxes.


Paul Fatout papers
In Progress
Amanda Rumba and Archives Staff
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed by Archives Staff at an unknown date.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-02: Collection identifier updated from 00000PF1 to MSF 540 by Adriana Harmeyer.
  • 2020-04-23: Collection description updated by Amanda Rumba to align with data entry standards.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States