The University of Louisville Library owns the largest institutional archive of the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The collection contains over 100,000 items ranging in scope from the author's earliest school books to current promotional materials. The Tarzan myth has proved hardy and long-lived.
An exhibition at the University of Louisville Photographic Archives (November 20-December 22, 1995) included film stills and posters featuring the nineteen Tarzan actors; the best and most celebrated book artists, including J. Allen St. John (1872-1957) who illustrated a total of 33 first editions of Burroughs. During Burrough's lifetime, St. Johns' images were considered the paradigm of graphic depictions of the Tarzan characters. Other artists featured in the exhibition include the fantastic Frank Frazetta, whose works adorned the first paperback Burroughs books of the 1960's, and John Coleman Burroughs, the author's son, who illustrated eleven first editions of his father's stories.
Also on exhibition were samples from Burroughs' personal life and affairs, samples of his books, pulp editions, letters, merchandising doodads and many photographs taken over a period of the last 100 years.
The exhibition was on display from November 20 through March 22, 1996 in the galleries of the Photographic Archives and Rare Books departments in the Ekstrom Library on the Belknap Campus of the University of Louisville. Hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday with hours extended until 8:00 PM on Thursdays. The galleries are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, and will be closed December 23 through January 1. For additional information call 502/852-6752. For Belknap Campus parking information and directions, call the Visitor Information Center at 502/852-6565.