Among its many other delights, the University of Louisville library owns the largest institutional archive of the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan and author of the John Carter on Mars novels. The Edgar Rice Burroughs Memorial Collection contains more than 100,000 items, from the author’s earliest school books to contemporary promotional materials. The collection came to U of L in 1976 as a gift from curator George McWhorter in honor of his late mother, who taught him to read with Burroughs’ books.
The collection has become the foremost research center for TV documentaries and other media coverage of Burroughs’ literary legacy. First editions in English and 30 other languages, many in original dust jackets; rare periodicals documenting first appearances in print; pulps, comics, and fanzines; films and posters; and correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia from the author all document the pop-culture phenomenon of Tarzan and other heroes created by Burroughs.
The Burroughs collection is open to visitors Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, but the library staff recommends calling ahead to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit the collection web site or call (502) 852-6752.
For more on Tarzan and his creator, check out ERBzine, the first and only online fanzine devoted to Burroughs’ life and works.
- Program 107
- Hollywood actor Denny Miller, the University of Louisville’s Tarzan collection, Indian bead artist Surekha Kulkarni, the facts about Kentucky “seafood,” and an interview with Mayor Jerry Abramson. (#107)