Louisville: Edgar Rice Burroughs Exhibit

Tarzan

U of L Archives and Special Collections

 

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Edgar Rice Burroughs

Update:  This exhibit ended in September, 2016. 

Right here in Kentucky, starting July 1.

The University of Louisville library will display part of its Edgar Rice Burroughs collection from July 1 to September 2, 2016.

KyForward, Kentucky’s online newspaper, reports in its June 18, 2016 edition:

 

He swings, fans swoon: U of L library displays its renowned Tarzan collection

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By Clinton Pettee and Fred J Arting, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

U of L Archives and Special Collections will display a portion of its enormous Edgar Rice Burroughs collection July 1, just in time for the release of the new “The Legend of Tarzan” film. Burroughs famously created the original

The Burroughs collection is the largest institutional collection in the world with more than 100,000 items such as first-edition books, fanzines, film stills, scrapbooks and posters, games and other memorabilia from the author’s life and works.

Known as “The Grandfather of American Science Fiction” Burroughs penned 63 novels, 21 short stories and 26 literary sketches. Originally writing for pulp magazines, Burroughs capitalized on the Tarzan character’s success by allowing merchandisers to create knives, bows and arrows, belt buckles, watches, figurines, candy, bread, pop-ups, coloring books and costumes. Many of these items are part of the collection.

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By Unknown – Original book, Public Domain, Wikimedia

Beginning July 1, to synchronize with the movie’s release, the exhibit includes editions of “Tarzan” in 37 different languages, to emphasize the worldwide appeal of Burroughs’ iconic character. It will be on the first floor of Ekstrom Library, in the west wing across from the circulation desk, and run until Sept. 2, one day after Burroughs’ birthday.

“What better time to showcase some of this important collection, which means so much to the numerous fans of Burroughs, than at the release of another ‘Tarzan’ movie,” said Carrie Daniels, director of Archives and Special Collections. “Just the fact that this story, with an indelible character at the center, prompts a major movie release shows the longevity and imaginative depth of Burroughs’ original tale.”

Most of the collection was donated and curated by Professor and Curator Emeritus George T. McWhorter as a tribute to his mother, who taught him to read early in life using Burroughs’ stories. The collection is officially named in her honor.

In addition to the displayed exhibit, all items from the collection are available in Archives and Special Collections Research Room, Ekstrom Library, lower level 17. Anyone with a photo ID may view or research individual items 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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