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Nell Dismukes McWhorter Memorial Collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs

Collection : Nell Dismukes McWhorter Memorial Collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs
Date/Extent : 1884- , ca. 100,000 items
Description : Established as a memorial to Nell Dismukes McWhorter (1908-1976) by her son, curator George T. McWhorter (1931- ) this collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is the largest in any institutional library world-wide. First editions in English and thirty other languages, many in original dust jackets, rare periodicals with first appearances in print, pulps, comics, fanzines, films, posters, correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia, all document the popular culture phenomenon of Tarzan and other heroes created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The collection is especially rich in primary source material, with original art by illustrators J. Allen St. John (1872-1957) and Burne Hogarth (1911-1996), the files of first Burroughs biographer Irwin Porges, as well as Burroughs family letters, photograph albums, notebooks, and unpublished works. Also present are audio tapes of interviews with the author's family and friends and signed presentation copies of his works. The University of Louisville collection has served as a major resource for television and print documentaries on Burroughs. In 1999 George T. McWhorter, curator, principal donor, and editor of Burroughs Bulletin and The Gridley Wave, received the first Burroughs Empire Medal from the International Society of Burroughs Bibliophiles. The generosity of George McWhorter has inspired other donors, most notably Roy and Dela White of Colorado, who gave their extensive collection, including the family papers of Edgar Rice Burroughs' daughter Joan, in 2000.
Repository : Rare Books

The first German edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs Princess of Mars (1924).

Burroughs presentation copy to his son with a humorous sketch on the first preliminary leaf of Master Mind of Mars.