Antique Trader asks: Can you help us find Tarzan?

No, not one of the famous ones – Johnny Weismuller or Buster Crabb, Jock Mahoney or even Elmo Lincoln. The Tarzan we’re looking for is Frank Merrill. He starred in Tarzan the Mighty, a Universal Studios serial from 1925, and which also starred Natalie Kingston.

The search for Tarzan the Mighty has gone on for 50 years. It is needed by Burroughs Bibliophiles as part of the vast Edgar Rice Burroughs exhibit at the University of Kentucky Library.

Through the years, Antique Trader has proved that almost anything can be found. Film chapters, stills, pressbooks, or whatever else is out there, the Edgar Rice Burroughs exhibit can use it.

If you have an item of interest, or if you’d like a brochure about the University of Kentucky exhibit, contact Roger Bailey, Box 468, Almont, MI 48803.

Let’s dig in and find Tarzan.


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 more than 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 and 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, film stills and scripts, original art and sculpture, posters, correspondence and memorabilia.

For further information, call 502-852-8729 or 502-852-6752. The collection is open to visitors Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with other times by special appointment.