The Edgar Rice Burroughs Memorial Collection

A few words about the collection from the curator, George T. McWhorter:
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS (1875-1950) was one of the most imaginative and prolific of 20th century authors, often called "The Grandfather of American Science Fiction." The Burroughs Memorial Collection at the University of Louisville is a gift from curator George T. McWhorter to honor his late mother who taught him how to read at pre-school age with the books of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The collection contains over 100,000 items in all categories of the author's life and works. His literary output includes 63 full-length novels, 21 short stories, and 26 literary sketches, collected and published in 75 first editions. During his lifetime, 100 versions of his stories were published in pulp magazines, many under different titles from the hardback editions.

The newspaper serials began in 1913, the Tarzan movies in 1918, the daily newspaper strips in 1928, the Sunday Tarzan pages in 1931, the radio shows in 1932, the comic books in 1936, the fan club publications in 1947, and the TV shows in 1966. During that time, Tarzan collectibles such as knives, bows & arrows, belt buckles, watches, glue, figurines, candy, bread, pop-ups, Big-Little-Books, coloring books, costumes, and many other categories of merchandising have appeared on the market in the USA and abroad.

The Burroughs Memorial Collection contains all first editions in dust jackets, as well as reprints in 35 languages, pulps, comics, newspapers and extensive periodical files, clippings and scrapbooks, toys and games, biography and bibliography, including the working papers of Irwin Porges and Erling B. Holtsmark, and a reference collection of films, filmstills and scripts, original art and sculpture, posters, correspondence and memorabilia. For further information, call (502) 852-8729 or (502) 6752; FAX: 502-852-6673; email: George T. Mcwhorter. Please check the Archives & Special Collections page for more information.